Such concerns can make a presenter feel very nervous and concerned about 'drying up' or 'losing the plot' and thereby losing their audience's respect .
how do you deliver your presentation?
We need employ some technique to calm down and carry on. It is all part of the preparation ahead of the presentation since few of us are that good at 'ad lib' and 'off the cuff' speeches.
Here are some methods which are open to you.
Unless you are an exceptionally good writer, it is likely that your written words will be much too formal and stilted than your spoken vocabulary.
In conversation we use more spontaneous language - language which is more interesting and natural than our written words. An audience will usually be able to detect this lack of spontaneity in the way and tone we deliver the presentation.
There may, however, be occasions on which you have no alternative.
This may be the case where, at short notice, you have to deliver someone else's presentation from their script or where, even more unusually, you have to ensure that what you say is exactly what has been written in a prepared presentation. ( e.g. Company policy, or regulatory material)
On such occasions, the best advice is that you practise reading your script as often as you can in order that you are able to read it with understanding and conviction.
A third option is the BEST - either confidence cards or confidence sheets ( PowerPoint Handouts 3 slides per sheet) .
These cards or sheets will combine spontaneity of delivery with the reassurance of knowing that you will not forget what you intended to say.
Here is an explanation on the advantages and use confidence sheets.
|Example from my own presentation confidence sheets|
for a presentation course for corporate banking delegates
|Click on 'View'|
|Click on 'Handouts'|
|Select three slides per page|
|The print out produces 7 lines for additonal|
handwritten notes and ideas per slide
|TACK International's Confidence Card System|
Here is an explanation of how to use cards: