One of the most important skills you’ll need to learn for the professional world is the ability to effectively present your work and your ideas. Even though a successful presentation can take many forms – like a Powerpoint, a poster board or even just a speech – there a few key tips will help you nail that next important pitch.
1. PREPARE PROPERLY / 准备充分
Probably the most important aspect of a presentation is what you do in advance. Preparation is vital in organizing your thoughts and ideas into a whole that makes sense to your audience. Plus, knowing the material backwards and forwards means that you can be quicker and more accurate in answering questions and will allow you to ad-lib or go off script in a personal and confident manner. My tip would be to stick to a few key points, with a little bit of information for each, giving you both a clear structure and room to elaborate.
2. PRACTICE WITH A FRIEND / 模拟演练
Along with the preparation for the presentation itself, it’s important to practice what you’re going to say ahead of time, preferably with another person who could give you feedback. Practicing in front of somebody else, instead of just a mirror, will allow you to get an objective perspective on your performance, while also giving you a bit of an audience to work with. Find someone who is patient enough to sit through your talk, and comfortable supporting you, but also giving constructive criticism!
3. BREATHE AND RELAX / 放松，深呼吸
During the actual presentation, it is important to remember to breathe and relax. This can be hard to remember when you’re in the midst of what you’re doing in front of an audience, but breathing will automatically slow you down and relax you during it. Breaths can also effectively act as pauses in the presentation and give you a chance to gather your thoughts. I would advise a couple of deep breaths before starting a new slide / point, just to keep your timing right.
4. CONTROL YOUR BODY LANGUAGE / 丰富肢体语言
Researchers say that the majority of communication is non-verbal – and I’m inclined to agree. Oftentimes when giving a presentation, just as important as what you’re saying is how you say it. Project confidence by looking out at people in the eyes and directing your presentation to the audience instead of behind them. It can also be a helpful tip to have open and inviting body language which can create a connection with the people you’re presenting to. A few hand gestures are always good.
5. HAVE FUN / 享受过程
It may be hard to remember during a stressful presentation, but it’s probably not the end of the world if you make a mistake or two. The important thing is to have fun and try to show that you are. If you’re enjoying yourself by sharing your ideas and smiling, then that attitude will be infectious with your audience too!