Presenting a business idea that could make or break your career in the corporate world is nerve-wracking. Standing in front of your seniors and co-workers will definitely give you the chills especially because you know for a fact that all eyes and ears are on you.
The truth of the matter is that it is not only the content of your presentation that matters but also how you present it. Needless to say, the totality of your presentation is what matters the most.
Thus, it is important that you enter the conference room armed and prepared. Although there is no single perfect way of preparing a business presentation, we want to coach you on how to do your business presentations.
Be well-versed with the equipment.
First and foremost, be well versed of the equipment you are to use during the presentation. Make sure the projectors and speakers will be working perfectly for your presentation.
In the event that these equipment fail to function properly, you must know the basic troubleshooting methods. This will not only make your report more efficient, it will also tell the audience that you are in control of the situation despite the technical difficulties.
Make your presentation pleasant to the eyes.
Avoid presentations that hurt the eyes of your audience. Hence, you should avoid using bright and strong colors background and text colors; otherwise, your audience would not be able to read or see what is projected on the screen. Use the contrasting colors that are comfortable to the eyes. For instance, you may use a white background and black text.
Do not put too many words on the screen.
Instead of polluting your presentation with paragraphs, stick to using keywords. You may also bullet your points to make it easier for the audience to understand what you are trying to relay.
Maximize visual slides.
Make use of pictures and other visual aids instead of only focusing on slides filled with text. This could get boring for the audience. Hence, when you show data, display it in graphs to make it easier for the eyes, make use of colorful pictures, videos, etc.
Master the flow and content of your presentation.
It is not enough to know the flow and content of your presentation, you must also master it so as to not get lost in case of unexpected problems that might come your way during the presentation.
There may be times when certain errors or problems would unexpectedly occur in your presentation and in order to cope with this, you must know what part of the discussion comes next even without your visual aid. This tells your audience that you are well-prepared.
End the presentation gracefully.
The end of your presentation should contain a wrap-up and a reiteration of your points. You may also end your presentation with a suggestion or recommendation of what the company should do or if you are doing a business proposal, you may end the presentation by showing how your proposal would potentially affect the company.