Making effective presentations
Do your presentation skills need a brush up? Junior lawyer Annalisa Checchi shares her top ten pointers.
- Pick a subject you feel confident with and ensure you preparation is wider than the presentation.
- Think about what you what to achieve from your presentation and use it as a benchmark for the content.
- Make sure you give yourself enough time to prepare and practice delivering the presentation.
- Use your introduction to set the scene by asking a question to the audience or announcing a shocking statistic.
- Choose a maximum of five points for the body of your presentation and ensure you can deal with each point in sufficient detail.
- Use examples and statistics to illustrate your points.
- Don’t read from your notes. It is better to use them as back up in case your mind goes blank.
- If you are having a Q&A session, write down the top 10 questions you expect to be asked and try to prepare to answer them.
- Repeat the question asked and look around at the audience to involve them and make sure that you do not let one audience member dominate your time.
- Lastly, if you don’t know the answer to a question, confess. Take the person’s details so you can find out and respond to them later.