Learn Key Presentation Skills: Clear Communication, Authenticity

When you talk with someone whose passion is food preparation and catering services, they’ll tell you presentation is extremely important. You could take this advice to another level by stating that proper presentation is essential for success. Apply this same line of thinking to any subject, during training, as you market your products, as you communicate with friends. Focus on presentation skills and succeed.

What’s the most important element in presentation?

Effective communication. Do what you must do to transfer your knowledge and your information to those who can use it to improve their performance and their results.

What’s the key factor in a great presentation?

Isn’t this the same as the first question? There is a slight difference. Some might answer this question with the word “authenticity” while others might say “clarity” is the most important factor. In basic terms, you must get to the heart of the subject without confusing your listener. This addresses the idea of clarity.

But, what’s this about being authentic?

If you’re authentic, you’re genuine. The origin of your information and your knowledge is undisputed, because you’re presenting from personal experience or thorough research (citing reliable sources).

What are some presentation skills, in detail?

Getting down to details about skills, you not only have the ability to do your job well, you must be able to speak clearly and distinctly, write well for visual presentation and handout materials, and remain relaxed during the presentation.

How can I be authentic?

First of all, be yourself. If there are parts of this puzzle needing work, such as speech, mannerisms, body language, you should work on these. Many people improve their presentation skills by having a video-recording made during a practice session or during a previous presentation, so they see what the listening audience sees.

So far, you’ve read about how to present and how to be authentic during your presentation. But there’s another factor that always contributes to a great presentation: great content!

What should I talk about?

As with advice to writers, who should write about what they know, you should present what you know. You might keep the audience spellbound with your performance and your appearance, but accomplish nothing in terms of transferring important ideas and information to the listener. Of course, this content will go a long way toward convincing the listeners you’re authentic.

Who can help me become a better presenter?

If you want to improve presentation skills, you may want to work with an experienced and capable trainer/presenter such as Malcolm Andrews, a corporate trainer in Hong Kong who has extensive experience as an executive communication coach, corporate trainer, and expert in presentation skills.

What will I learn?

You’ll understand your presentation style more clearly. You will be more authentic, as you “take ownership” of behaviour and personal choices. You’ll learn about tools to support your presentations, and you’ll build communication skills such as engaging the listener, understanding, and empathy.

Almost anyone can learn to be a good presenter, perhaps even become a great presenter. With the right help from specialists and those with real-world experience, you can develop the presentation skills you want and need.

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