Public speaking is as much about delivery as it is about content. That’s especially true in workplace environments where you may be asked to talk at length about technical topics which, while important, can also be dry and downright boring in the wrong presenter’s hands.
At the last few SHARE conferences, Rosalind Radcliffe and Frank DeGilio have hosted “The Art and Science of Technical Presentations,” a session for those looking to sharpen their presentation skills. Leaning on years of experience, Rosalind and Frank offer tips to give impactful, energetic presentations that effectively deliver your intended message and provide value to your audience.
Here’s a roundup of just some of the presentation tips they’ll cover:
It’s also important to consider presentation structure. A well-structured session is successful at drawing the audience’s interest and attention, which is the hardest part of any presentation.
“When we’re giving a technical presentation, we honestly believe we’re teaching, but we’re not,” Frank said. “Teaching will be a component of it, but I need to get you to care about this stuff first.”
Great presentations have a strong opener, answer the audience’s key questions and use repetition to get certain ideas stuck in attendees’ heads. “Points of wisdom” or examples are also effective ways to help your audience understand and internalize your message.
“Stories are one of the best ways to explain content,” Rosalind said. “When you tell stories of what you’ve lived or experienced, they come across better, and people can understand the context and what you’re doing.”
Mastering the basics of public speaking will help you beyond your next presentation; it’s also a great way to round out your professional skillset and open the door to career advancement opportunities.
Whether you’re interested in growing into a leadership role, want to get involved in industry educational programs like SHARE or just practice your public speaking skills, you’ll want to make sure you can speak confidently and effectively in front of a crowd.
Interested in speaking at the next SHARE event? Proposal submissions for SHARE Phoenix (March 10-15, 2019) are now being accepted through Friday, October 5, 2018. Learn more here.
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