One of the services that FJWilson Talent Services offers is presentation training. From 24 September, we’ve published on this blog a series of posts by our presentation coach, Anthony Haynes.
Here we publish a summary of the series. It’s unlikely to mean much to readers who haven’t read the series, but will hope it will provide a helpful resource to those who have.
- Decide whether you wish to do things (a) the same way as other presenters or (b) better than them.
- Learn from observing other presenters.
- Focus, not on remembering script, but on communication.
- Avoid introductions consisting of self-indulgence or corporate/institutional blah.
- Tell a story, one way…
- …or another.
- Avoid using slides by default: only use them when optimal.
- If you do use slides, ensure you include visually impaired members of the audience.
- If you do use slides, avoid continuous upper case.
- If you do use slides, limit the text.
- If you do use slides, use a pale colour as a background.
- If you do use slides, avoid using headings.
- If you do use slides, prepare more than one version.
- If you do use slides, know when you need to stop talking.
- If you do use slides, rehearse the transitions between slides.