In my years of experience as a motivational speaker and corporate trainer in the Philippines, I’ve sometimes had to give presentations on topics I’ve found quite mundane or even boring. During times like these, preparing your presentation well becomes an extremely essential commission. As the old adage goes, “What you say matters less than how you say it.”
The success of every powerful presentation depends on how it is prepared. It may seem like a lot of work, but if you do your research, create a sound plan and implement it, your presentation is practically guaranteed success. Here are a few things you have to consider when preparing a compelling presentation:
Know your Audience.
Long before you make your presentation, you need to know your audience. Who are they? What is common among them? What are their interests? What inspires or motivates them? What do they find funny? What do they find offensive? These questions are important for the creation of your presentation.
Have a clear message.
Before making your presentation, know what you want to impart to them. Like everything in this world, it is the end result that matters. Architects already know how the house will look even before they start designing it. It’s the same with your presentation. What will benefit them? What should I highlight? What are the talking points? Being a seasoned motivational speaker and corporate trainer, I’ve developed a method that has been very effective for me. It might be helpful to you too:
Work on the look of your Presentation.
After preparing your notes, it’s time to prepare your slides (that is if you actually use slides). Many motivational speakers and corporate trainers say that it's good practice to draw your ideas for slides on paper before laying them out. If you want your presentation to be compelling and effective, keep the following in mind:
is the Managing Director of Our-Knowledge Asia and a Business Consultant for Local and Foreign Start-ups, SMEs and Organizations based in the Philippines.