Presentation skills refer to all the qualities you need to create and deliver a clear and effective presentation. Presentations skills and public speaking skills are very useful in many aspects of work and life. Effective presentations and public speaking skills are important in business, sales and selling, training, teaching, lecturing, and generally feeling comfortable speaking to a group of people.
1. Verbal Communication
The ability to communicate in a clear, concise and concrete way in front of an audience is the key skill required of public speakers.
Delivery is how you connect with your audience. It includes techniques such as body language and pauses that give your words punch.
The ability to establish yourself as the leader of your audience.
4. Selling / Persuasion
A presentation is all about selling your ideas using persuasion techniques.
Light-hearted presentations are almost always best. You don’t have to be a stand-up comedian but the ability to deliver light humour works wonders on an audience.
The ability to tell a griping story.
7. Written and Visual Communication
Your visual elements such as slides should be brief, clear and visually effective.
Know your strengths and weaknesses and lead with your strengths.
9. Emotion Management
Presentations can be emotional experiences. For one thing, 3 out of 4 people are have a fear of public speaking. The ability to control emotions is also important to handle unexpected events such as rejection (e.g. a heckler).
No matter how much you prepare it’s possible for your presentation to go off in an unexpected direction — especially if you involve your audience. The ability to adapt is an important presentation survival skill.
Active listening is key to leading audience participation.
The ability to lead workshops, conversations and issue resolution activities.
13. Networking Skills
If you’re speaking at a conference it’s important to network before your presentation. Incorporate what you learn from networking into your talk.
14. Interpersonal Relationships
The ability to establish rapport with an audience is closely related to your ability to establish and manage relationships with people. Legendary orators (e.g. Bill Clinton) have the ability to make each member of the audience feel as if they are speaking directly to them.
15. Dealing with Difficult Personalities
The ability to deal with audience participation challenges.
16. Stress Management
Many people find presentations to be a stressful experience. Even if you’re comfortable with presentations, a stressful experience can always pop up when you’re in front of an audience. The ability to manage stress and deliver under pressure is important.
17. Taking Criticism / Resilience
The ability to bounce back from criticism and failure is common amongst accomplished public speakers.
18. Problem Solving
The best presentations solve problems for the audience. You may also be asked to solve a problem as part of audience participation.
The ability to find statistics, facts, examples and stories that support your message.
20. Organization and Time Management
Giving your presentation an organized flow that fits into time constraints.
21. Gestures / Using 3d Space
Physical communication including effective use of the stage and gestures.
Good public speakers do more than inform — they entertain.