22 presentation skills
22 Presentation Skills (The Big List)
posted by Anna Mar, December 13, 2012
Why do some people almost always give first-rate presentations while others seem to struggle?
The main reason is that "presentation skills" is plural. It takes dozens of skills to be a good public speaker. These include:
1. Verbal CommunicationThe ability to communicate in a clear, concise and concrete way in front of an audience is the key skill required of public speakers.
2. DeliveryDelivery is how you connect with your audience. It includes techniques such as body language and pauses that give your words punch.
3. LeadershipThe ability to establish yourself as the leader of your audience.
4. Selling / PersuasionA presentation is all about selling your ideas using persuasion techniques.
5. HumorLighthearted presentations are almost always best. You don't have to be a stand-up comedian but the ability to deliver light humor works wonders on an audience.
6. StorytellingThe ability to tell a griping story.
7. Written and Visual CommunicationYour visual elements such as slides should be brief, clear and visually effective.
8. Self AwarenessKnow your strengths and weaknesses and lead with your strengths.
9. Emotion ManagementPresentations can be emotional experiences. For one thing, 3 out of 4 people are have a fear of public speaking. The ability to control emotions is also important to handle unexpected events such as rejection (e.g. a heckler).
10. Adaptability No matter how much you prepare it's possible for your presentation to go off in an unexpected direction — especially if you involve your audience. The ability to adapt is an important presentation survival skill.
11. ListeningActive listening is key to leading audience participation.
12. FacilitatingThe ability to lead workshops, conversations and issue resolution activities.
13. Networking SkillsIf you're speaking at a conference it's important to network before your presentation. Incorporate what you learn from networking into your talk.
14. Interpersonal RelationshipsThe ability to establish rapport with an audience is closely related to your ability to establish and manage relationships with people. Legendary orators (e.g. Bill Clinton) have the ability to make each member of the audience feel as if they are speaking directly to them.
15. Dealing with Difficult PersonalitiesThe ability to deal with audience participation challenges.
16. Stress Management Many people find presentations to be a stressful experience. Even if you're comfortable with presentations, a stressful experience can always pop up when you're in front of an audience. The ability to manage stress and deliver under pressure is important.
17. Taking Criticism / ResilienceThe ability to bounce back from criticism and failure is common amongst accomplished public speakers.
18. Problem SolvingThe best presentations solve problems for the audience. You may also be asked to solve a problem as part of audience participation.
19. ResearchThe ability to find statistics, facts, examples and stories that support your message.
20. Organization and Time ManagementGiving your presentation an organized flow that fits into time constraints.
21. Gestures / Using 3d SpacePhysical communication including effective use of the stage and gestures.
22. ShowmanshipGood public speakers do more than inform — they entertain.
This is the 5th installment in the 9-part series of posts called How to Give Magnetic Presentations.
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