Presentation Skills for Project Managers [Going from Good to Great]

Adriana Girdler

How To Present with Impact Every Single Time Project Managers need strong presentation skills – that’s just non-negotiable. Whether you’re holding a team meeting, talking …

How To Present with Impact Every Single Time

Project Managers need strong presentation skills – that’s just non-negotiable. Whether you’re holding a team meeting, talking to your stakeholders, or trying to get approval from your Steering Committee, it’s crucial that you know how to present well.  

There are a few key things you need to pay attention to so you can set yourself up for project presentation success.

Don’t skip your prep work 

It’s critical that you prepare everything in advance of any project presentation. I use a check list to ensure I have everything I need ready, so I’m never left scrambling.

Prep work includes things like pulling up any documents and websites, so you have them ready to go in advance. Also, if you’re using one or more screens for your presentation, you want to have them locked and loaded so you’re not fumbling and keeping your audience waiting.

You might think these items will only take a minute to get ready, but when you’re presenting to a group, that can seem like an eternity. Doing prep work ahead of time helps you put your best foot forward professionally.

More keys to presentation success

There are several other things you can do to ensure your project presentations run smoothly, and I made a video diving into them. It explains:

  • Why knowing your audience helps presentations land with maximum impact
  • How learning to read a room will keep every audience engaged
  • Why you should get past feeling silly about rehearsing ahead of time
  • How fine-tuning your non-verbal communication will help you project confidence

Follow me over to YouTube for my deep dive into presentation skills for project managers!

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Adriana Girdler, PMP | Creator of Slay Project Management

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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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