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In this course, author David Diskin lays out a practical framework for building and delivering business presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint, and covers tips and tricks for controlling elements in slide decks. This course demonstrates how to engage an audience, present data in meaningful ways, incorporate gestures, and manage question-and-answer sessions. The course also includes tips on creating photo slide shows and utilizing keyboard and mouse tricks.
Presenting to a live audience isn't something most of us do every day and so the motions of it all-- posture, where you're looking, and what you're doing with your hands--will take some practice. Having good control of your body and knowing what it's doing while you're speaking is a tough trick to master. You're going to want to avoid slouching, putting your hands in your pockets, rocking, and anything else that makes you look either lazy or insecure. How do you solve this? Well, for starters, look in the mirror and practice. The gestures that your hands make can help convey the passion and enthusiasm that I've been discussing through the entire course.
Your hands can emphasize specific words and give your audience clues to accompany the tone and inflection in your voice. Just don't overdo it. And at the same time, watch out for idle hands. Don't let them play with your pens, remote controls, or laptops, or anything else mindlessly. It won't take long before your audience watches your hands instead of you. Your eyes can help improve your presentation as well. Make eye contact repeatedly with every member of your audience. And because you're using a remote, you're not bound to the laptop and lectern, unless you've forgotten your pants, get moving.
Walk around the room, into the audience. Not only does this make you more personable, but it helps keep the audience awake and mixes things up. Remember, the audience is made of people and we all appreciate a personal touch. Your presentation must be personal. Glances, smiles, a hand on the shoulder, and other personal interactions with your guests will go a long way to building bridges with them. Finally, don't turn your back on the audience. It gives the impression that you've lost your place or you don't know what you're about to say next.
It doesn't portray confidence. The exception to this rule is when you really want the audience to look at the slide with you, you tell them to look, then you look with them, pause, and return to your audience to continue the presentation. Initially, you'll have to focus on these as you're presenting, but before long it will become second nature.
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