Speaking in public is a daunting experience for some. Get it right and you can increase interest in your business, close a big deal, impress your superiors, and more. Don’t underestimate the power of stage presence! The way you hold yourself, speak, and prepare all contribute to a seamless experience for you and your audience. Here are 8 ways to improve your stage presence during presentations:
Stage presence is all about having confidence on the stage and being able to interact with your audience positively. There are several ways you can prepare for your presentation so everyone enjoys the experience, even you!
One of the most important things you can do before a presentation is to research your audience. Find out who you are speaking to. Is it executives, students or general enthusiasts? If you are presenting to an international audience, check out any cultural differences that will affect the tone of your presentation. Each potential nuance to your audience will have different perspectives that will influence how you deliver your presentation.
Always be aware of your body language so that you give a positive impression. Placing your hand in front of your mouth or fidgeting is distracting and can make you appear unprepared. Get into the habit of presenting confidently and expressing positive body language.
You will be remembered for what you wear! Leave the black tie attire at home and avoid anything too revealing or casual. Dress simply and professionally for the biggest impact, especially in a highly professional setting.
Think about the message you want to convey your audience. If you outsource your presentation design, ensure it is clear in your freelance presentation design brief how you want your key message to be communicated. If you don't give a clear message to your audience they might not understand and you might miss an important opportunity.
It's important to establish the style you use when presenting: storytelling, teaching, coaching, etc. If you try to use one that doesn't suit you, it can backfire. Work on the style that suits you and be aware you may need to alter it a little to fit with the tone of the meeting.
Things can and do go wrong when the time comes to present, so have a backup plan ready. If you’re prepared for any situation, nothing will shake your confidence! Email your presentation to the organizer so it is available in case your laptop dies. Print out action items or important notes for your audience in case your slide deck is hard to read. Ensure you know the important points of your presentation by heart in case there is a malfunction of the equipment being used.
Engage your audience. Invite them to ask questions. Provide a captivating PowerPoint presentation. Being responsive to audience interaction will help improve your stage presence and positively engage the audience.
If you can watch your presentation back, do so. Read any feedback from meeting evaluations. Both these will help you learn and improve your presentation style. Incorporate any new learning into future presentations and meetings so you can be even better next time.
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