Yesterday I used Twitter to ask the question “what is your top presenting tip?” as I was finalising the slides for my talk at the River Restoration Conference so presenting skills were very much on my mind. I had some wonderful responses so I thought I would share them with you.
@publicityoxford Catherine Warrilow of PublicityOxford, a great presenter herself, suggested this:
“try and make eye contact with lots of people as you speak, don’t single out one person.”
@Garry_Hartley Garry Hartley of Out and About Advertising was a huge help with great three tips:
“My best Presenting tip – If you are nervous, simply think you are just telling your best friends a joke in the pub.”
“Another presenting tip – Make eye contact with everyone in the room and smile. Prof Brian Cox never stops smiling.”
“Presenting tip 3 – raise and lower your voice to gain interest and pause for a moment. Its about timing.”
Matt Johns of Johns Associates inspired the title of this post with this great approach:
” I always think, “right, you’re on the roller coaster, you are strapped in, there’s nowhere to run! Hand on for the ride!” and things go OK from there.”
I agree with Garry about Professor Brian Cox. He is a great presenter and that smile never breaks!
Thank you to all of you who gave your advice and I’ll let you know how the talk goes.