The Art of Presentation
Speaking in front of a group can be stressful, especially when a new client, or in my case a grade, is riding on it. I have been taking a presentation workshop at the University of Oregon with Mark Lewis for the past ten weeks. I am preparing to give my final presentation of my college career and thought I would share some of the tips I learned.
- Practice, practice, practice.
- Look the part. I am a firm believer that if you look good, you feel good!
- Remember to smile and thank your audience for being there, and for listening.
- Be yourself. Don’t force anything like a joke if you aren’t a naturally gifted jokester. Find your strengths and play on those.
- Remember to make eye contact with people, not the blank wall in the back of the room.
What I have learned from Mark Lewis:
- Ground yourself before beginning your presentation.
- Breath! This feels like a no-brainer, but it is interesting how many of us don’t do this when we are talking to a crowd.
- Be believable.
- Know the rules of presenting and remember it is okay to break the rules.
- Whatever you do, just own it!
You can connect with Mark Lewis here.