How to Have the Most Polished Presentation Skills

Adriana Girdler

Tips that will make your next presentation the best one yet Have you been asked to make a presentation, and you want to knock it …

Tips that will make your next presentation the best one yet

Have you been asked to make a presentation, and you want to knock it out of the park?

If you have an important presentation coming up, it’s important to be totally prepared. Part of being prepared is refreshing your memory on some really important skills that you’ll want to carry into your presentation to ensure its success.

Here are some tips that will help you make a great presentation that will wow everyone!

  1. See stage fright as positive

I know this sounds a little strange, but it’s a small attitude shift that can really make all the difference for your mindset going into the presentation.

If you have butterflies, it just means you want to do a good job. There is nothing wrong with being nervous! Just don’t allow those nerves to get the best of you.

How do you turn the nerves into something positive?

First, slow your breath. This will help you be present in the moment and focus less on your fear and more on your presentation itself.

Also, go slower than you think you should be going. With stage fright, you often talk faster than you realize, which makes it harder for your audience to stay engaged. So, take breaths not only beforehand, but even as you’re speaking. This positive energy will come through, and you’ll be able to connect better with your audience.

  1. Prepare

This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many people don’t think about this and just wing it.

Some people might actually be good at winging it, but if you have a really important presentation and you really want to knock it out of the park, winging it won’t cut it. It’s always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared for a really important presentation.

Instead, prepare, understand who the audience is, and ensure you understand your subject matter. Give yourself that guidance because it is going to help you tremendously when you’re presenting.

Other essential presentation tips

If you really want to improve your presentation tips, you’ll want to check out my new video which dives into these tips in detail and will give you 3 additional tips on how to give an exceptional presentation. See you over on YouTube to finish chatting about this!

I really hope that you found this helpful – and if you did, it would mean so much to me if you would share it on your social media.

Meanwhile, if you really are committed to mastering your next project, do consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project, plus you get access to every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.


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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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