Presentation Skills Training Powerpoint
When you start out in Network Marketing, and you want to learn how to excel in Network Marketing, there are six skills you need to learn. Effective presenting is one of them. Often you have to use PowerPoint too. This article will cover the Presentation Skills Training PowerPoint that you need.
Remember, speaking with a PowerPoint Presentation distracts your audience from you. Therefore, make sure that the PowerPoint Presentation only has images or points that confirm or support what you’re saying. It may be a good idea to join Toastmasters. There you will learn how to speak in front of an audience, with others who are learning as well. You will overcome your fear of public speaking. When I was at Toastmasters, I even got customers. You will speak about what you do, and the more you get used to speaking and relaxing, the easier it is for people to connect with you.
Here are some tips that will help you to give an excellent presentation:
Show your Passion about your subject
If you are enthusiastic and honest with your audience, your passion for the topic you are talking about will show. When this happens your audience will respond and you will draw people to you like magnets.
Connect with your audience
You need to speak in everyday language so that your audience understands. It is also important to get your audience to identify with you. Tell your story: Why you got into your business, and what it means to you and your family. People identify with stories.
Focus on their needs
What is it that your audience will get by listening to you? Focus on their needs, and what they want to know. If you do, you will have your audience’s full attention. If you just speak to them about what you want to say to them, without taking their needs into account, your presentation will not be as effective. Also remain focused on their response and react to that. Make it easy for them to respond. A responsive audience is great! It shows that you did your job of speaking well. You need to practice that. Again, Toastmasters is good for that.
Keep your message simple
You should plan your speech around your core message. Give your core message in no more than three points. Summarize those points at the beginning and the end of your presentation. Say to your audience:
Today I am going to speak to you about (insert your core message)
After I have spoken to you, you will be able to:
1. First example
2. Second example
3. Third example
Then go through those three examples or points, naming them as you speak.
At the end of your presentation, say: “Now you have learned about (insert core message)” and then name your three points or examples. Then you can go for your call to action, or a powerful close that makes them think.
If anything that you are planning to say doesn’t go with your core message or the three points or examples you are making, don’t say it.
Make eye contact with your audience, and smile while you talk
It sounds easy to do, but very few presenters actually get this right. You need to know your presentation off by heart. That means, no notes! It is actually not that difficult. If you stick to the core message and the three points; that’s easy, isn’t it?
This leaves you free to make eye contact and to use your facial expressions to get your message across. And it builds rapport. It also helps to connect with your audience, which you can’t do if you’re stuck to a piece of paper.
This is why you should not dim the lights when you’re showing your PowerPoint presentation. Your audience needs to see you first, before they see the slides. Don’t fiddle with the computer or the remote while you are speaking. This will take your audience’s attention away from you. The PowerPoint presentation is a visual aide to your speech. It is only a prop. Don’t let that become the focus. You are the focus.
It is crucial to have a good beginning. It grabs and holds your audience’s attention. This is why many presenters start with a joke. That also loosens up any tension that may be there, and starts your success with your presentation. Don’t make your presentation dull and boring. Start off vibrant and strong, and try to keep up the momentum.
Remember Guy Kawasaki’s 10-20-30 rule for presentations
Any presentation should:
• have no more than 10 slides
• be no more than 20 minutes long, and
• the font size should be no smaller than 30
If you go over the maximum as suggested by Guy, you will have a boring presentation. The PowerPoint presentation is just a visual tool. Do not make it so that you are the tool for the presentation. Give the bare minimum of words. If you need to give more information, give a handout after the presentation.
We humans love stories. Find a good one that corresponds with your core message, or that illustrates one of the three points you are making. Stories will help your audience to keep their attention focused on you. It also helps them remember facts.
If you can get your whole presentation to sound like a story, that would be brilliant.
Make effective use of your voice
Your voice shouldn’t just have one tone. You should vary the tone and the sound of your voice for emphasis. This keeps things interesting. If you just talk with the same tone, speed and pitch, your presentation will quickly become boring.
Use your body to emphasize points
According to psychologists, three quarters or more of all communication is with body language. It is therefore crucial to use your body to help get your message across. Don’t stand still, don’t pace. Make your body movements confident, open and deliberate. And use it to emphasize your points. It should look and feel natural. Practice in front of a mirror.
If you enjoy being in front of your audience, they will enjoy your presentation
If your audience enjoys your presentation, they will be more open to respond to any actions you may want them to take afterward. It is therefore crucial that you get this right.
It is important that you practice. The more often you can put yourself in front of an audience, the more relaxed you will get. Join an organization like Toastmasters. There you can concentrate on one skill at a time, and perfect your presentation skills.
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