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Trainer’s tip: Ten tips for effective presentations


QUESTION MARKNot one, but ten tips this week, courtesy of Laura Gaillard, who offers advice on how to present with confidence and competence.

1. Know your subject/ material:
- Research the material;
- Use anecdotes/ 'war' stories.

2. Know your audience:
- Try early introductions as they enter;
- Imagine them as friends not an audience.

3. Practise, then practise, then practise again:
- Rehearse out loud – again and again until you are word perfect;
- Understand the equipment/ software/ hardware you are using.

4. Imagine yourself giving the speech:
- Visualise how it will go on the day;
- Imagine the audience are applauding and smiling.

5. Know the room/ layout/ forum:
- Arrive early;
- Map out the audience layout;
- Check your equipment.

6. Relax:
- Deep breathing;
- Check body posture.

7. Don't forget that the audience want you to succeed:
- They want to be stimulated;
- They want to be interested;
- They do not want you to fail.

8. Do not apologise for any (imagined) personal shortcomings:
- You are confident;
- The audience would not notice it anyway.

9. Concentrate on the message not the medium:
- The message is the most important thing;
- Do not face the screen– concentrate on them.

10. Get as much experience as possible:
- The more you do, the better you get;
- Volunteer for more presentations.

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