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In order to succeed at work, you must be able to convince others and present your ideas effectively.

There’s nothing worse than not being able to make a good point in front of others, especially if you doubt your ability to do so.

When was the last time you worried about:

  • Having a spotlight on you?

  • Are you boring people with your presentation?

  • Opening your mouth and ruining it all?

There are many other worries we have when know our next presentation is coming, even if you present at least twice a month.

The majority of people have concerns or dislikes about presenting.

It’s good to know that you can boost your confidence as a speaker and make your presentations stand out by following simple and effective rules.

Firstly, we’ll explain why it’s a good idea to give a presentation.

Delivering presentations. The point of it?

You can save a lot of time with a good presentation (it can even land you your dream job). It takes time to convince people.

Consider an idea that requires an hour of presentation and discussion.A ten-hour sales process would require you to pitch your idea to ten different people individually.

When you present your idea to ten people at once, you will need to spend two or three hours preparing and an hour presenting.

That’s 2.5 times more effective than before!

Additionally, effective presentations make your audience emotionally attached to the idea (and to you as its owner).

Long-term, they are so helpful.

If people agree with your idea, they will also enable you to pursue it (or at least not try to stop you actively).

What are the steps to making a good presentation?

Here are our three rules:

A guide to making a good presentation

There are three components to a successful presentation:

  • The topic is worth discussing

  • To help people follow your thoughts, you need a structure

  • You should respect the time and attention of those who listen to you

The first rule is to pick a topic you’d like to discuss

You seem to have a reasonable topic, but how do you know if you have a good one?

It is worth discussing any topic if:

  • Your interest in the subject is strong

and

  • There is some way in which your topic can benefit the people in your audience

Go for it if you have knowledge you want to share, an idea for addressing a problem, or a way for everyone to benefit.

Start with baby steps and present in informal situations if you feel uncomfortable with presentations (we all do).

A small team can discuss knowledge over lunch or during a knowledge-sharing session.

Your words will soon attract genuinely curious people.

Sharing your ideas makes presenting easier.

What is the best way to help others learn from and follow your thoughts?

“The Millennium Structure” – Old but gold

The age of Aristotle today would be 2406.

Known as the “Father of Rhetoric,” he studied public speaking in depth. We learned one golden rule from him, which is particularly useful when presenting.

As a general rule:

Describe what you’re going to say, then describe what you said.

Essentially, this means:

  1. The first thing you do is announce your presentation’s topic.

  2. In your introduction, you mention what aspects of the topic you will cover or what options you have to solve the problem.

  3. The options and aspects are presented by you

  4. As you go, you share your thoughts

  5. You conclude by summarising the topic, the aspects & options you presented, and your opinion.

It can be tricky to “tell them what you are going to tell them”.

Rather than making an agenda slide, tell people why you’re talking about this topic.

Your deck should include an “agenda” slide.

It’s a great way to “tell them what you’re going to tell them.”

When you have the people listening to you with the proper focus, the rest of the structure will guide them.

In terms of time, it is essential to:

Listen to your audience and respect their time

What’s the best way to do this?

Preparing for your presentation is the best way to respect your audience.

The preparation process takes time. Prepare for the presentation at least five days in advance. Yes, you read that correctly – not the night before at 11 PM.

Focus on:

  • Who will listen to you – who are the majority?

  • Don’t create your presentation for yourself, but for your audience.

  • Don’t stop practicing!

  • Adapt your talk as many times as necessary to remain on schedule. Feel confident about how you can convey your message.

As you prepare, put yourself in the shoes of someone listening to you.

In conclusion

Despite having so many things to say, we all feel uncomfortable speaking in public.

The more we think about how to say it, the more we hate talking.

If you follow the key rules above, you will not have to feel bad about presenting your ideas.

Never forget that a unique perspective can be revolutionary for someone who has never seen it before.

Your ideas, your knowledge, and your thoughts are invaluable!

Amie

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