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5 Tips To Help You Succeed On Your Next Business Presentation
Have you ever sat through a business presentation that just fell flat? Did you have sympathy for the presenter because they looked like they were completely out of their league? You don’t have to stand up in front of a group of people and look like a deer caught in the headlights for your next business presentation. These 5 tips will help you bang out a home run so that you can close the deal successfully instead of being successful at generating a lot of pity and sympathy. Use these tips today to secure your next opportunity through an effective business presentation!
Tip #1: Really Take Time To Prepare
Many people spend about 80% of their time on the content of their presentation and about 20% on how that content is delivered. The reverse should be true: much of the impression you make isn’t because of incredible content, but because of an incredible presentation. Focus on how your slides look, what you’ll do during the presentation, and visualize how you’ll deliver it. Budget time to practice the presentation in front of people you trust as well so that you can get feedback about what could be better.
Tip #2: Persuasion Isn’t Overrated
If you haven’t convinced people within the first 30 seconds of your presentation that you’ve got something valuable to offer, chances are you won’t ever be able to recover. Keep in mind what the people attending your presentation find valuable – describing how your product would help people reject the notion of God wouldn’t be a good choice in a presentation to a church, right? Don’t be afraid to use your hands either, but not so much that they distract from the presentation itself.
Tip #3: Tell a Story
Stories are easier for people to remember. They won’t remember a whole lot about the statistics that you throw out about how effective your stuff is, but they will remember stories of people that have used your stuff and had their lives changed for the better in some way. Funnier stories tend to hold the attention of a group better, but as in Tip #2, remember your crowd.
Tip #4: Use Colorful, Captivating Visuals
People are visually orientated and will remember more about you and your presentation with captivating visual graphics that support what you’re saying. If you’re just droning on about the benefits of your product, people will tune you out and think of something more exciting, like having sex or twiddling their thumbs in their office while they stream music through the hacked internet. The right visuals will help keep you on track and engage your audience.
Tip #5: Keep It Simple
The main problem that people have is that they overcomplicate things and then end up making a mess out of everything because they get flustered or lost. A simple presentation with effective graphics, a memorable story, and a good pitch that hold value for the audience is really all it takes to create an effective business presentation.