Maimuna Onakoya Written by Maimuna Onakoya · 2 min read >

Fear they say is an unpleasant emotion caused by threat of danger, pain or harm. It is interesting that this is when I am faced with the task of presenting to superior knowledge, especially when it seems the person is in a leadership position that can affect the outcome of my request.

I am often amazed by how confidence I can be when speaking to a stranger, colleague or friend. Unfortunately, the moment the recipient is switched to an official presentation, it open up the nuts in my head to expect fear. While I have recognized my strength and weaknesses in presenting, I was faced with the task of presenting to a board of investors – a 60seconds speech aimed at testing y ability to present in public. While I had practiced and thought “what is there” I will just tell myself “Maimuna, you can do this, all that I had practiced soon became a thing of the past.

Previously, I started a presentation with a shaky voice and get stabilized half way, take ownership of what is being presented and deliver an amazing presentation. Unfortunately, this strategy that I had used for almost a decade seemed to be working. A 60seconds presentation to the board, asking of investment in a project expected to yield returns. Where do I start from is the question I asked myself a couple of times?

I was sure that when I get to the stage, I will be familiar with the faces and hence, talking to familiar faces wouldn’t be a problem. Unfortunately, reverse is the case. I could not look at the faces of the people I was presenting to and to crown it all and forgot all that could be said. Enough of my stories….. lets look out some advice on presentation

Below are tips for making a good presentation (according to “Skills you need”)

Show your Passion and Connect with your Audience

It’s hard to be relaxed and be yourself when you’re nervous.

But time and again, the great presenters say that the most important thing is to connect with your audience, and the best way to do that is to let your passion for the subject shine through.

Be honest with the audience about what is important to you and why it matters.

Be enthusiastic and honest, and the audience will respond.

2. Focus on your Audience’s Needs

Your presentation needs to be built around what your audience is going to get out of the presentation.

As you prepare the presentation, you always need to bear in mind what the audience needs and wants to know, not what you can tell them.

While you’re giving the presentation, you also need to remain focused on your audience’s response, and react to that.

You need to make it easy for your audience to understand and respond.

3. Keep it Simple: Concentrate on your Core Message

When planning your presentation, you should always keep in mind the question:

What is the key message (or three key points) for my audience to take away?

You should be able to communicate that key message very briefly.

Some experts recommend a 30-second ‘elevator summary’, others that you can write it on the back of a business card, or say it in no more than 15 words.

Whichever rule you choose, the important thing is to keep your core message focused and brief.

And if what you are planning to say doesn’t contribute to that core message, don’t say it.

To be continued………….

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