Learn How To Be a PowerPoint Presenting Pro!

Public speaking is not natural for most people. Keeping an audience engaged, clearly articulating your thoughts, making good use of time, displaying the right demeanor are just some of the factors that are probably on your mind when talking to a group of people.

And for many, simultaneously taking into consideration all of these points and more can get quite overwhelming. The good news: by applying the lessons learned on the Online PowerPoint Training Blog, you’ll learn the tools necessary to consistently come off as a PowerPoint presenting pro!

What makes a good presenter?

  • Manage your voice
  • Pay attention to your body language
  • Watch your language!
  • Don’t just stand there. Move!
  • Practice – a lot!

How do you manage your voice?

  • Try to sound natural, so your rhythm and tone is appropriate to the message you are delivering. You don’t realize it, but more often than not, you do this naturally. But when doing any kind of public speaking, we tend to over think it, and try to hard.
  • So, since it’s going to be impossible not to think about it initially, I’d recommend focusing on three important qualities when in the moment:
  • Volume – speak loudly enough to reach all the members audience without overpowering those closest to you
  • Intonation – Avoid speaking in monotone. Put more feeling into your voice and make it livelier by changing your intonation. I can’t explain how important this is. Sometimes all an audience needs to stay engaged and/or be persuaded is a little bit of enthusiasm
  • Pacing – for most of us, this is natural – except when we are nervous or excited. Practice, and you can figure out what sounds natural and appropriate for the points you are making. It may sound funny, but even coming up with a tune to the words you are saying can help you relax and find your natural rhythm.

How do you effectively use your body language?

I’ve heard that 90% of communication is non-verbal. I think these non-verbal cues are called paralinguistics, but please don’t quote me on that. Well, in the world of PowerPoint presenting, this fact could not be more true. Often times, the body language you display while giving a presentation can speak much more loudly than the words you are saying or presentation you have created.

It goes without being said that saying to someone who is about to present, “just act natural and be yourself,’ isn’t going to get them very far. It’s completely normal to get nervous before doing any kind of public speaking. Simply telling yourself (or being told) to stay calm, unfortunately, isn’t going to help most of us.

What I’ve found does help, though, is better understanding what makes up good and bad body language, so that I know what to focus on. It makes the idea of improving my body language much less intimidating. In this online training, I’ll pass on some tips and tricks that I’ve learned or others have told me over the years:

What to do:

  • Stand straight, but not stiff
  • Try to be relaxed and casual, but don’t come off as lazy
  • Use your hands, arms and gestures. Try to let your body react to how you feel
  • Make good eye contact – the rule of thumb for eye contact is three to five seconds per person

What not to do:

  • Do not keep your hands in your pockets
  • Do not keep your hands behind your back
  • Do not keep your arms crossed
  • Do not wring your hands nervously