The first step to become great presenter is to learn to speak without fear in public. All the tricks or techniques you learn will not produce desired results if you are not able to confidently execute it.
Let us first examine the areas of your personal and professional circle where effective presentations can make a huge difference in your success or failure.
If you are ambitious then you are likely to make presentations to a wide variety of audiences including Board members, employees, community leaders and groups of customers. Some of these presentations can’t be avoided because of the positions your hold in your company or community.
The objective of most presentations is either getting things done, information, education or changing perceptions of people about a subject, person or an issue.
Presentations are formal method for bringing people together to plan, monitor and review progress of projects and are the fastest and most effective ways to influence people.
Your presentation skills will make all the difference between success and failure. A mediocre presentation is unlikely to take you places.
Learning to improve presentation skills therefore is extremely powerful strategy to turbocharge your career growth.
The next step after overcoming your fear of public speaking is to learn the basics of effective presentation skills. These include learning to use visual aids to create desired impact.
Colors fonts and pictures make up the presentation. Their correct use and appropriate placement is an art that every presenter has to master.
Then learn to coordinate between your presentation slides and use of suitable verbal phrases. Use pauses and intonations to create desired impact. Leave no communications gap between you and your audience.
The key to success is to check out and immediately fix all the weak elements of presentation skills in your toolkit. There is 90% chance that you may have to begin with fixing the first step first. i.e remove the fear of public speaking.
If so go ahead and fix it.