We recently learned from Gerriet Danz: A Powerpoint presentation in particular can be quite fast become a power joint. Namely when it is presented badly. But excessive stage fright is also rather annoying? But what can you do about it?


Powerpoint: routine in the dark

Danz criticizes in his contribution not quite wrongly that Powerpoint presentations are often presented without real emotional participation, and usually downplayed routinely in the dark:

Maybe it's because around 30 million slide presentations are held around the world every day. You remember? These are the lectures where you sit in the dark, the speaker stands somewhere to the side - in the shadow of his own presentation. There he often reads what is already written on the wall. You take that People not true at the front and prefers to dream about the memory of the last beach vacation.

Presentations behind the shield

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That sounds quite as if everyone will be a speaker  Audience fundamentally and intentionally disregarded. There they lie Problems often somewhere else when speaking freely: many people find it downright stressful to have to speak in front of an audience.

Maybe that's why they cling so slavishly to PowerPoint, to the unloved one Lecture to survive without major injuries by means of a protective debt. And who could blame them?

Free speech and presentation - does that have to be?

The question arises: must speeches and presentations ever be? The answer is yes. Because they help to get professional. Unfortunately. Those who can pre-empt publicly remain in the memory of their superiors and colleagues, thus improving their career chances.

Supposedly it only comes up to ten percent in the job Performance at. The degree of recognition of an employee in the Company is six times as important. And presentations, such as at Meetings, conferences and events are a good way to create this visibility.

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So chatters have the better cards? Not at all. Because at the end of the day it is important that the speaker convince his audience with good arguments. This is the only way to leave a lasting impression on the company and show that one can count on it.

And this is exactly where the more shy, analytically thinking people have the nose in front: They usually do not just talk about it, but prepare themselves for the presentation.

Good arguments count

Because that Objective A successful presentation should be about conveying your own content and positions so convincingly that the audience understands and accepts them. It takes a lot more than throwing a few slides at the wall or one you've memorized Rede to recite.

A conclusive argument is therefore particularly important: It is important to research the facts of your topic in detail and to have them ready during the presentation. The argument itself should follow a clear line: One should be in the Preparation consider what the core statement is and make this the guiding principle of the presentation, which runs through all arguments like a red thread.

Away with perfectionism!

With all the preparation, however, one should not forget the audience factor: It starts with the introduction: It should be as interesting as possible and captivate the audience right from the start so that they can follow the presentation I aufmerksam consequences. And not infrequently there are listeners who interrupt the lecture with heckling or questions or similar unforeseen events.

However: those who try to be perfectionists to prepare for all eventualities will only drive themselves crazy. Because no one can foresee what the audience wants to know. If you try anyway, you'll get out Anxiety in Criticism from the outset in a defensive posture - not a good prerequisite for a self-confident Appear. Well dosed spontaneity and small mistakes even make sympathisch.

15 Tips for preparing your presentation

A well-prepared presentation is already half-finished. Therefore, start with the preparation in time, so that you do not get in time. We will show you what is important.

  1. Properly structured, is half won: They should not first compose the structure of the subject in their lecture, but instead have to think about a logical structure of their arguments.
  2. Use Headlines: If you are well versed in the topic, write meaningful keywords on index cards - these will ensure that you do not forget anything. Or make a note of the most important headlines on a headline sheet to keep track.
  3. Use full text: If you are not familiar with the topic, write the full text for the presentation. Then read it so often that a glance at the beginning of the sentence is sufficient to have the subject in mind. But avoid reading it from the script.
  4. Order is half the battle: Arrange your documents, then is also order in your head. Do not just quote quotations, but write them verbatim in your redeman's script or on the cards - so you avoid hectic swearing on the table.
  5. The optimal entry: The best way to set up is to greet the participants first: Then make a brief statement in a subordinate clause to clarify what qualifies you for the argument, such as: “As the head of accounting, I have a good overview ...” Then outline the focus of your argument, but without to betray too much.
  6. No public spaces: During the entire presentation, do without banalities and general places like "We came here to ...". Your listeners already know that and therefore they are bored.
  7. Go from your listeners: If you want to convince your audience: Emphasize which benefits, also emotionally, the others have of your idea. Explain why this idea is something really new and will improve the work of everyone. Always formulate positively.
  8. Facts, facts, facts: Good arguments must be underpinned by facts. For this reason, you should first check the Internet, books and trade journals on the subject. Important: Consider your arguments well. If you hold lectures more often, you should get an information archive.
  9. Argue emotionally: Facts are important, but you are more likely to reach your audience through emotional arguments and examples. Therefore let your own experiences flow into the lecture: Record what happened, what ideas and impressions you had in a special situation and in what context.
  10. The crowning conclusion: This also belongs to an optimal structure Your argument: In the end, summarize your most important theses. Conclude and briefly explain what you are going to do next. Then ask the participants for feedback.
  11. Familiarize yourself with the media: Which media do you want to use? Beamer, Overhead, Video, Flipchart? Plan the use of media directly when writing. Then familiarize yourself with the presentation technology on site.
  12. Who are your listeners? Inform yourself about your audience, because it makes a difference whether you talk in front of a specialist audience or laymen, young or old people. Who will be there? Is the composition heterogeneous or homogeneous? What is the interest and expertise of the audience? What kind of reactions do you expect or expect from the audience?
  13. Just no perfectionism: You can not anticipate and be prepared for all your audience's reactions. This puts you under unnecessary pressure and the danger is great that something goes wrong. But little mistakes probably do not mean the end of your career. Therefore, be aware that you can not answer all questions.
  14. Practice make the master: Practice your speech four times. Record yourself (eg on the computer or with a cassette recorder) or picture (with a digital or video camera). Let yourself be a constructive feedback from well-meaning but critical friends.
  15. Whoever comes too late punishes the audience: Arrive punctually, sleep well and physically and mentally fit for the lecture. If you are sick, say better if possible. If this is not the case, point out your bad condition at the beginning.

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