For many modern workers, the time may come where you’re required to give some type of presentation as part of your job. Even if the stakes aren’t very high for your presentation, like it’s just for your co-workers and not for the board of directors, it’s still very common for people to get nervous about being in front of others or on a stage with the spotlight solely on them. So to help make sure that you nail this presentation and don’t let your anxiety get the best of you, here are three tips to help you successfully give a big presentation at work.
Choose Clarity Over Simplicity With Your Slides
One of the worst things you can do when giving a presentation to a group of people is to look down at your notes or at a prepared statement you’ve made. Nothing can cause a group to tune you out faster than doing this. As a way around this approach, many people choose to use some type of slideshow to help keep them on track while also giving the audience something to look at other than you. If you choose to go this route, Michael Smith, a contributor to The Muse, advises that you make your slides with clarity as their focus rather than just with simplicity as the focus. While you do want your slides to be simple and not overwhelming, you also don’t want them to distract from what you’re saying or the points you’re trying to make, which is why clarity is key.
Try To Include Stories Or Anecdotes
A great strategy you can try to hook your audience and get them more interested in what you’re presenting about, according to Shawn Doyle, a contributor to Entrepreneur.com, is to use stories as part of your speech. While this can be a great idea in many cases, you want to be sure that the story you’re telling is directly related to what you’re presentation is about. To simply tell a story for the sake of sharing a story with your audience won’t serve your purpose well and could end up detracting from the purpose of your presentation. Stories or anecdotes should be used as an illustration, not as a gimmick.
Remember The “Three Audience Truths”
If you’re feeling particularly nervous about giving your presentation, Jacquelyn Smith, a contributor to Business Insider, recommends that you mentally remind yourself of the “three audience truths” before you step in front of the room. These three truths are that the audience believes that you know what you’re talking about, that they want you to succeed, and that they don’t know what you’re going to say, so any “mistakes” you make will go unnoticed. If you can remember these three things, you should be able to keep your nerves in check.
If you’ll soon be giving a big presentation at work, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you get ready for this event.