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Five Steps to a Great Presentation

Did you know that people fear giving presentations more than they fear death?

If you are one of those people, then here are some steps to take to quell that fear.


Manage Your Nerves

When I first trained to be a trainer at Rolls-Royce plc my Manager told me that the day he had people working for him that were not nervous when presenting was the day he didn’t want them working for him. He believed that being nervous meant that we cared, and our adrenaline pumping through our veins made us good at presenting.

Here are some ways to manage your nerves

  • Dress appropriately – look the part
  • Arrive early
  • Interact before you start
  • Use your breathing to help
  • Prepare, prepare, prepare!!
  • Remember nerves are healthy
  • Calm yourself from the inside


Preparation is the Key

The key to every good presentation is the preparation. Presenting is like an iceberg with the actual presentation the bit on top of the water. The bit below the water is 8 times as big and this is the amount of preparation you should do for your presentation. A 10-minute presentation will need 80 minutes of prep time. Are you allocating enough time?





Managing Audiences

It can be easy not to think about who might be in the audience, but your prep should include taking the time to consider these questions. It may even bring to your mind some areas that you should be including in your presentation or some you should remove!

  • Who are they?
  • What do they need to know?
  • What do they know already?
  • What do they want to know?
  • How well do you know them?
  • How many will there be?
  • What special needs will they have?


Setting Objectives

This is an absolute must when prepping for presentations. If you don’t know what your audience will get from the presentation, what chance do they have? Taking the time to create these can save hours later when you realise you have too much material. They don’t need to be complicated. They can be as simple as: -

By the end of my presentation my audience will....

…… agree & approve my proposals in full

…… recognise the importance of health & safety in the workplace and know some ways in which they can take personal responsibility


Body language

Checking our body language is another important feature of presenting. Making eye contact, having an open posture, using hand movements, moving around the room and not having hands in pockets can all be enablers for a great presentation and makes you feel positive too.




Want to explore more – why not sign up for our two-day Presentation Skills course?

Published 16th February 2020

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