Whether it’s as part of an interview, or you’re simply delivering information to your colleagues, presentations are an almost unavoidable part of modern working life. If you’re a student, delivering presentations may also form part of your course. Either way, presenting can be a nerve-racking experience.
Our biggest piece of advice is to prepare as thoroughly as you can. We can’t stress enough how helpful it can be to simply read through your presentation out loud before you deliver it. It’ll help you notice any woody wording or lengthy areas, and will help you establish a flow, which can help your audience better understand what you’re saying. It’ll also help you include natural pauses in your presentation, which is important for helping your audience retain the information you’re presenting.
Thankfully, giving presentations is something that gets easier with practice, and each one offers you the opportunity to learn from the experience. Remember: everyone gets a little nervous when giving a presentation! It’s perfectly natural to feel a little worried before and even during your presentation. Try to remain calm and concentrate on what you want your audience to learn. Thorough preparation is also key to increasing your confidence before the event.
We love a good presentation at Viking, so we thought we’d put together a little guide to help out anyone planning a presentation. Take a look and see if it helps you ace your next presentation: