Creating a great PowerPoint presentation is a prerequisite; presenting it to the audience is a bigger challenge. While making a presentation, there are several factors which you need to ensure are effectively implemented in order to generate and sustain a high level of interest among your audience. Here are some tips that will help you to deliver the better presentations to your audience, for more tips look for the articles here: Presentation Skills.
The manner in which a presentation is begun, body language of the person making the presentation, dress of the presenter and physical movements determine the level of efficacy of the presentation. While making a presentation, you need to ensure that your body language shows a sense of confidence and approachability. You need to be dressed appropriately for the occasion and should wear clothes which make you feel comfortable since uncomfortable clothes tend to break your focus and divert your attention towards your own body rather than the presentation. Your movements need to be controlled and should not distract the focus of the audience. Maintaining eye contact with the audience rather than looking towards the presentation is critical.
Even before the first slide is presented, generating a sense of curiosity or an element of surprise will help you make a powerful impact on your audience. This will arouse interest among the audience for the presentation and will increase their focus towards your presentation. The introductory slide can be used to increase the curiosity further or identifying and stating a problem with the assurance of offering a solution to the problem as the presentation moves forward. This keeps the audience hooked onto the presentation and therefore the presentation will be more efficient. Therefore ensure that you make an emphatic beginning which creates a profound first impression.
A presentation is not about reading pointers from the slides. Slides are for the audience to give them a perspective of what is being presented. When you make a presentation, you need to ensure that you keep an open and two-way communication from the audience and not merely read from the slides. The tone of your voice should be well modulated and must not sound mechanical. This creates an open atmosphere and the audience feel more comfortable and involved in the presentation. It is equally important to encourage the audience to ask questions. An open discussion leads to a more involved and participative audience and the presentation moves from being a boring session to a highly informative and interesting session. Ask several questions to your audience and encourage them to ask questions.
Tell a Story
Irrespective how technical the topic of the presentation is or how specific the topic is, there is always a good story to tell. Once you have opened your presentation with the right introductory session and have built a rapport with your audience by getting them involved, the next important thing to do is to ensure that their interest is maintained in the presentation. With each slide, add something new and interesting. You can communicate something new to them with each slide which adds to their knowledge. At the beginning, once you have communicated a problem to them, each slide can be used to move a step closer to the final resolution of the problem. Use specific examples and help your audience correlate with what you are communicating. Tell a story where gradually the audience moves from suspense to solution.
Appropriate Distance from the Audience
While making presentations, ensure that you are at the right distance from the audience. Being at a farther distance will result in lack of focus from the audience while being too close will confuse them since they will not be able to decide whether to look at the presentation or the presenter. It is essential that the distance from the audience should be optimum so that they are able to view both the presentation and presenter in a single glance and do not have to change their focus very often. Keep the right distance from the audience where you are approachable and yet you do not distract the audience.