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How to deliver an Effective Conference Presentation

11Mar

Naivasha is fast cementing its place as one of the economic hubs in the country. With local and foreign entities setting camp in town, it’s also rapidly becoming a business destination. That’s why we’ve prepared tips to help you deliver the most seamless and successful presentation for that next conference in Naivasha.  It goes without saying that a good conference presentation requires you to prepare in advance. This will involve ensuring you resonate and strike a chord with the audience. Isn’t that the point of any presentation?

  1. Focus on the Needs of the Audience

When delivering on a subject you’re well versed in, it’s tempting to want to rattle off every other detail relevant to the topic. However, a great presentation is one that focuses on the needs and knowledge gaps of the audience. One way to do this is to stick to the subject matter and feeding off the audience’s response and reaction.

  1. Body Language is Key

Imagine a presentation where the speaker’s face is inscrutable or impassive. It would be so bland and ineffective. Body language experts say ¾ of our communication is verbal. A presentation is sort of a give and take, at least in way of body language. Smile. This exudes warmth and makes the audience trust you. It even makes you come off as authoritative. Make eye contact. This allows the audience to connect with you. Also, avoid potentially giving off the wrong vibes: don’t cross your arms, pocket your hands, or hold them behind your back.

  1. Keep the Time

Seeing as conference organizers have allocated a specific amount of time to your presentation, remaining within this constraint is not only professional but also respectful. You can prepare for this early in advance. For example you can practice at home and see if you run beyond the time limit. This will help you tailor the presentation to fit within the slotted time.

  1. Combine Voice and Visuals

Images can transform a presentation from being boring to a lively, engaging experience. Whether it’s a simple graph to show changes of certain phenomena over time, or a pie chart to compare parts of a whole, a visual enhances your audience’s understanding and helps reinforce your message. Of course, your voice is your main media through which you will connect, so make it more effective. How? Vary your pace, pitch and emphasis depending on key points you want to highlight. This keeps it interesting and holds your audience’s attention.

  1. Encourage Interaction

A Q&A session at the end is as important as the presentation. Encourage interaction between you and your audience by asking and prompting questions. You might also ask their opinion on certain parts of your presentation. Be open to divergent views too, which will liven the discussion.

Happy Conferencing!

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