Except for the lucky ones who have no fear in standing in front of a bunch of people, doing a presentation is something most of us aren’t looking forward to. However, it doesn’t have to be an excruciating exercise and by following a few tips, it is even possible to feel good about it. As long as you are confident that you know what you are talking about, you only have to focus on the material side of the exercise.
Simple and concise
If you want to be able to relax during your presentation, you need to be sure that what you are saying is easy to say as well as to understand. Indeed, you don’t want getting lost or see your audience wondering what you are trying to explain. The clue is in the name, you are only presenting a project that will be explained in detail in more complex and complete documentations. Remember that the goal of a presentation is to outline the project, not read it entirely to the audience.
Spending the majority of the time reading what the audience can read themselves will not make a good presentation. Restrict the use of visuals for charts and bullet points in order to keep your presentation alive and the attention of the audience. It is fine and recommended to have some written notes but don’t turn the exercise into a speech. Make sure that you address the audience by looking at them most of the time.