Public speaking: It’s part of the job
ItÃ¢ÂÂs probably a safe assumption to say that most of us, as leaders, have had to give a presentation in front of others at one time or another.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs part of the territory of being a leader despite whether or not we enjoy it, so why not learn to do it well?
Inc.com spells out seven tips for Ã¢ÂÂremarkable presentations.Ã¢ÂÂ The tips are:
1. Never lecture.
2. Appeal to emotion.
3. Tell stories.
4. Use signposts. Tell your audience where youÃ¢ÂÂre going or if youÃ¢ÂÂve arrived.
5. Keep it simple.
6. Get personal.
7. Use the 20/20 rule. Keep presentations to fewer than 20 minutes and rehearse them at least 20 times. A tip within a tip: Forbes notes one strategy called the 10/20/30 rule regarding PowerPoint slides. A PowerPoint presentation should be no more than 10 slides, last no longer than 20 minutes and text font should be no less than 30-point size.
One element of tip No. 7 really deserves its own place: Rehearse. Make each run-through of your presentation count. From Forbes: Ã¢ÂÂRehearse the presentation the way youÃ¢ÂÂll deliver it Ã¢ÂÂ standing, aloud, and with the passion, pacing, and movement youÃ¢ÂÂll actually use.Ã¢ÂÂ
Make time to rehearse. When it comes time to present, you will never regret the time you spent practicing.