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Trainer’s tip: Ten tips for effective presentations

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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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