When presenting, please condider the following:
The answer may seem obvious. A presentation is a set of PowerPoint slides or a Prezi that someone then shows and talks in front of. Well, okay, but much more fundamentally a presentation is an act of communication. It is a meaningful conversation between you and your audience in which your aim is to engage and inform using your voice, your charisma and yes, some visual aids such as PowerPoint slides.
Why is this distinction important? Because it tells us the difference between a good presentation and a poor one. In a meaningful conversation, you wouldn’t drone on in a monotone until the person you were talking to was struggling to concentrate and remain courteous. You would observe their body language and see how they were reacting to what you were showing and telling them. You would adjust your own body language, your tone, pace, modulation and the use you made of the visual aids as you went. If your audience showed you a look of incomprehension, you may try a different approach to explaining the same thing you just said. If they seemed enthusiastic, you might mirror their expression. This is how we turn a boring ‘death by PowerPoint’ session into a meaningful act of communication.
Of course, fundamental to doing this is that you must first understand the subject matter you are about to discuss. Gaining this understanding is the most valuable preparation you can do before you present. Writing down key points in PowerPoint slides can often play a part in this, as you must express them in your own words. Copying and pasting is a waste of time since you won’t be cementing your own understanding and there will be too much text on your slides for your audience to read anyway.
Brief, key points on slides can be useful as reminders. But remember that your audience can only effectively concentrate on either reading words on your slides or listening to you speak. An audience engaged in reading a block of text on your slide is not a listening audience. Very occasionally it can be of value to pause and give your audience a chance to read a particularly profound quote or piece of text, but most of the time the points on the slides need to be brief enough so the audience can take a snapshot with their mind in the first second, then listen to you.
Often a picture or diagram can be more effective and memorable than bullet point text. When more complex concepts are to be discussed, diagrams are also useful. If you do show a diagram, you can discuss it with your audience by pointing out key relationships between parts. If done well, this can be quite a powerful form of communication.
At all times, consider who you are talking to and communicate with them as people. Your audience will thank you and this will help you transform giving a presentation from something you dreat to something you may actually come to enjoy.
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This seminar is based on research from a recent royal commission report into the aged care sector and a workforce strategy that followed. The strategy outlined a number of skill gaps across the aged care sector, including a significant lack of management & leadership knowledge and skills. This was identified across all levels of staff, including management and supervisors. Based on the workforce strategy, I have put together an educational seminar. The seminar includes a lot of practical ideas and ‘How To’ methods. The purpose of the seminar is to develop and build knowledge and skills of people working across the aged care sector.
Bio. Kevin Egan
MBA, Adv. Dip, CIV TAE.
Kevin has lived and worked in Australia for most of his professional life. He started his career working on a factory floor. Not satisfied with factory work, he set off on a journey to create a successful life and career. This is a remarkable story of a person who was intellectually, economically and emotionally bankrupt and worked his way from obscurity to personal and business success.
During his career, Kevin has acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience working across various Australian businesses and industries. These include: local and state government, transport and logistics, retail, warehousing, sales, finance and education.
Kevin has held various positions, including senior partner, state and national management positions and senior consultant roles. He holds a Master’s degree in business administration and is a published author.
Kevin’s local business and academic skills make him the ideal speaker for this seminar.Book a Spot
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