Whether you’re delivering workshops, bootcamps or simply group training, your performance is going to largely hinge on your ability as a presenter.
Your knowledge and technical skills are of course important but it’s the application of this expertise that will have the biggest bearing. If what Bananarama say is true, “it’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it!” (showing my age a little here).
Here’s 10 tips to turn yourself into a presenting superstar:
- Physical set up
Create a stance from which you feel comfortable and confident. Make adjustments to feet, shoulder, hands and head position until you feel ‘in the right frame of mind’ to deliver.
- Use of non-verbal communications
Your personal communication is largely non-verbal. Be animated yet not frantic. Marking out key messages in special locations makes it easy to identify with what you are discussing.
- Maintain eye contact
Maintaining eye contact enhances your connection with your audience. If your audience is vast then scan the room and if this is uncomfortable for you, start by looking at the audience hairline before progressing to full eye contact.
- Develop a language style that paints pictures
Scale up your language! Are you dynamic, very dynamic, extremely dynamic? Makes a difference doesn’t it!
- Utilisation of floor space
Moving around the floor, especially closer to your audience, brings them closer to you and enhances the connection even further. You’re likely doing this a lot when coaching but stay mindful of it when speaking to an audience. Also be aware that excessive movement causes distractions in some instances.
- The power of a… “pause”
When presenting the important points or asking rhetorical questions, give your audience time to absorb what you’re saying. Pausing also gives you chance to assess how your information was received. Did they nod in acknowledgement / agreement or do you need to prepare for a question?
- Become a vocal chameleon
Like me I’m guessing you’ve had the pleasure of listening to really monotone presenters, hard work isn’t it? Don’t fall into the same bracket! Use your voice range to add auditory interest to your delivery. A huge part of communication is tonality and it’s there to be utilised.
- Highlight key words and phrases
Mark out the important words and phrases in your delivery with a different voice tone or non-verbal cue to “put those words in italics” for your audience. Let your passion shine through and create the believability factor.
- Recap, recap and recap
Recapping the important points re-emphasises those points in the minds of your audience. Recapping also allows your audience to reconnect with you as you ‘pace’ them into a series of statements they cannot disagree with. We covered ‘x’, discussed ‘y’ and spoke about ‘z’. Recap to reconnect your audience to the point.
- Prepare for the possible and control the controllable
What could possibly go wrong? What factors are in and out of your control? Think about it and mentally prepare before the event so that nothing can effect your performance.