Tips for Making Effective Presentation

11 May

Tips for Making Effective Presentation

Presentations are part and parcel of leadership. Whether it’s chairing individual meetings, or delivering strategic presentations to your management colleagues, there will inevitably come a time when you are asked to present content that may be dry or difficult to digest. Fear not – video projection systems, when used correctly, can help lift your presentation, and make your delivery much more memorable and pertinent.

Regardless of the subject you are pitching, a projection or slide show can help give flow to your discussions, and focus your presentation on the key heading markers you have identified ahead of time. Through a combination of visuals and graphics, you can increase engagement with your presentation, and help ensure more people know (and remember) what you are talking about.

Don’t go too content-heavy on your slides. While projections can be the perfect backdrop to ensure sufficient focus on your delivery, they can quickly become a distraction if they are not used properly. Too much information, and you risk distracting the attentions of your audience as you pitch. Too little information, and your projections will prove unhelpful. In this regard, it is often something of a balancing act when using projection systems to get the right middle ground.

Avoid sound effects, clip art, and cheesy fonts. Not only does this make your presentation harder to follow, it also undermines the professionalism of what you are trying to say. No-one is impressed by clip art or stock sound effects, and many of the more tech savvy members of your audience will cringe at this type of delivery. Projections are best delivered when they have slick visuals and no-nonsense, meaningful points, which create a much more cohesive thread throughout the presentation you are delivering.

Above all, make sure that you have a copy of your projection assets to hand, and that you have tested it on the projection system beforehand. A dry run can take a couple of minutes to check everything is working, but it can be essential for avoiding problems with incompatible file formats, incomplete presentations, missing images and other technical hiccups that can affect your presentation.

A high quality projection system can work wonders for your corporate or academic presentations. High quality imaging on reliable, robust systems can ensure you are giving yourself the best chance of a professional presentation before you’ve uttered a word, and systems from Videonations can be perfect for ensuring things go off without a hitch.

A well-considered slide show, delivered on a high quality projection system, means you’re almost home – leaving you to worry exclusively about the content of your presentation, and how you can make it as effective and as meaningful as possible.

ByMichael Gilmore

Gilmore's research interests include social studies, law, technology and IT. He worked a lot in the field of jurisprudence. Gilmore also actively participates in the creation of technology and design for mobile phones and laptops, starting in 2012.