So, how many points do you want to make in your presentation? If it’s too many, you run the risk of audience exhaustion combined with mental fatigue. Too few, and might not be asked back! However, you can get your presentation points across to your audience when you focus on a limited number of points.
The scenario might differ slightly from place to place, but the basics are familiar to us all. In the board room, at work, you take a deep breath as your presenter outlines their presentation structure and agenda.
Silently you wonder how they will cover such a mass of content, explore so much ground or make so many points before lunch. Is it feasible? How will they do it? We certainly asked these questions when the Prime Minister outlined a 12-point plan in her Brexit speech. Would she do it? Will your speakers do it?
Because, as you know, they typically won’t do it. So, as they point to another set of figures on the PowerPoint slide you sense the drift. Your drift and that of the rest of the audience.
A Well Made Point. How To Make Your Presentation Points
Use a consistent theme to your presentation. Then, aim for some 3 or 4 main points in an effective presentation. That’s all. No more. Just consider how many points there were in this Barclays results presentation. Simply too many for any audience, even a financially literate one. So, to help you further, here are four tips to help with your presentation points.
How To Get Your Points Across
4 ways to make your presentation points really make an impact with your audience.
- 1Sub-points are appropriate. But extensive bullet points will lead into the long grass. So aim to focus on your main points.
- 2Your main points should provide linkage from your introduction, through the middle content and to your conclusion. Thus, make sure that they embrace the theme as you go.
- 3Emphasise each point. Aim to do this since it adds clarity at each juncture in the presentation.
- 4And finally, at the conclusion, you really should aim to summarise the points again. Because repetition is key.
Your presentation points are the main structure to your presentation. So use them well and sparingly. Aim to help your presentation audience with fewer points. Fewer points. Well-made points.
You can identify other presentation skills tips and techniques on a PresentPerfectTM presentation skills training course. Or, alternatively, we can organise a corporate training event at your own offices. So, please don’t hesitate to call us for more details.
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