I’ve been doing a reasonable amount of public speaking recently. Both for business at the Chartered Institute of Marketing, SME 2.0 and Tag Tribe events, but also over the past couple of years I’ve had the pleasure of being a best man a couple of times.
All of this led me to realise I’m no great orator, but with practice I’m slowly improving my style and presentation skills.
As we are intending to use speaking opportunities as a key strand of our own PR programmes, I decided to look for some tips online on how to deliver more effective presentations.
You really can’t go too far wrong with YouTube as a starting point and I stumbled across a short video from professional speaker Doug Jeffreys. You can watch the video below but a couple of points he raises I wanted to highlight are:
- Don’t forget to build pauses into your presentation to give people time to ingest what you are saying
- Be effective in your content, start with a statement or question and ensure you tie it back in at the end of your presentation
Doug’s video is well watched and quite entertaining. I love the point about not structuring your slides such that you tell the audience how you are going to bore them, you bore them, and then finish off by telling them how you’ve bored them.
Great stuff Doug.