Have you heard of 6 P’s of a powerful presentation
In today’s fast-paced world, being able to present our messages powerfully is not just an asset, but a necessity. Whether we are presenting one-on-one or to a large group, we will be successful if we make use of what I term as “6 P of Powerful Presentation” are the ingredients that combined effectively produce a super-powerful presentation.
The first “P” stands for Passion
If we are not passionate about our topic, our ideas, and/or our products, our presentation will lack enthusiasm and sincerity. No one loses credibility more quickly than the presenter/speaker who appears to be giving a canned speech that doesn’t come from the heart.
The second “P” stands for Preparation
Some presenters pride themselves on “winging it” which quickly becomes obvious to the audience.
I am not advising memorization of your preparation, but I suggest knowing your topic thoroughly, having more material than you need, and creating an outline or roadmap to follow. A suggestion that works well is to have a strong opening and closing and memorizing both of them.
As presenters, we become most effective when we form partnerships with those who are experiencing our presentations. We can achieve this by pre-presentation contact and by caring about those in the audience. The beginning speaker is most concerned about him or herself, whereas the professional care about the listeners
The third “P” stands for Partnership
As presenters, we become most effective when we form partnerships with those who are experiencing our presentations.
We can achieve this by pre-presentation contact and by caring about those in the audience. The beginning speaker is most concerned about him or herself, whereas the professional care about the listeners
And that takes us to the fourth “P” which stands for Professional
The effective presenter acts, looks, and talks like a professional. The professional is early to arrive and makes sure that everything is in place and that any technical equipment is in working order. However, anyone can fall prey to technical glitches. Thus, the art of handling conference/presentation disruptions is essential.
The professional return phone calls and e-mails in a timely fashion and send requested information immediately.
The fifth “P” stands for Props
These include handouts, visuals, PowerPoint programming, music, and objects that serve as metaphors or examples. Visuals help enhance the information that is being presented. They also help the audience remember our points. For example, Graphic designs are one growing prop for effective presentation. The warning is to not overdo in this area and not depend upon them to do our work for us, otherwise, props can detract from the message.
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The sixth “P” stands for Practice
The more we practice our stories, our ideas, speaking to groups of all sizes, the more effective we will become as powerful presenters.
Some presenters practice in front of a mirror. While some, tape themselves and listen to the tapes. Others, practice their stories on friends and family. I do a lot of my practice while driving.
When we put all the “P” together we will not only help you ace your presentations, we will enjoy doing it and our audiences, in turn, will enjoy listening to us.