Saturday, July 16, 2011

Presentation Tips for Leaders

By Mike Krutza

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As leaders, you are expected to be multifaceted and dynamic even innovative and flexible at certain times. At some point in your leadership career, you will be tasked to do certain jobs that you may not be ready yet, an example of which is becoming a trainer or facilitator. When you need to run a certain module, you have to equip yourself with proper techniques and skills so as not to ruin your credibility. As their boss, your people expect that you are good in everything that you do. So you need to be well prepared, the following tips can help you be the right person in front:

1. Posture - You want to stand up straight but not stiff. Your feet should be pointed at the audience with your weight evenly distributed. So not shift your weight from one foot to the other because this can distract the audience.

2. Movement - Typically, speakers tend to stand in one spot with their feet rooted to the ground like a tree. It is much more interesting if you take an occasional step to either side or move a little bit closer to the audience for emphasis. You do not want to pace, but some movement can enhance your presentation.

3. Look at your audience - Eye contact is very important. Look at your audience. This does not mean glancing at the group every once in a while; it means talk with them and look at them. Look directly at individuals in the audience. This will permit you to relate your information to them instead of at them.

4. Speak clearly - enunciate every necessary sound in every word. That way the audience will be able to follow you as you speak to them.

5. Use appropriate gestures - Gestures are used for emphasis in normal conversation without any thought. Learn to gesture in front of an audience exactly as you would if you were having an animated conversation with a friend. The importance of natural gestures cannot be overstated. It is an important part of communication.

6. Be knowledgeable and be prepared - your planning and preparation of the presentation should also include anticipating ideas or questions. This will prepare you to handle questions, objections and rebuttals with confidence.

7. Watch and listen for feedback - Regardless of how much you plan and practice the presentation, you should be prepared for the actual presentation to be somewhat different. The alert speaker is on the lookout for feedback. If the audience looks confused on a certain point, you can assist by adding a statement, or repeating the last point you made.