When speaking in front of an audience, your actions are just as important as your words. Your body language, voice and the words that you use need to work together to ensure the success of your presentation. Follow the guidelines below to improve the delivery of your presentation.
Monitor Your Body Language
- Engage with the audience by making eye contact with everyone.
- Use hand gestures, but don’t make them too distracting.
- Move around the room as this helps to involve the audience.
- Avoid nervous habits such as playing with your hair or jewellery, they can be distracting to the audience.
Think About How You Use Your Voice
- Avoid being monotonous by using some variation in your voice.
- Use intonation to show enthusiasm.
- Use voice modulation to speak both loud and soft.
- Pause and punctuate for effect, it helps denotes the importance of information.
- Repeat key phrases to underscore their importance.
Deborah Grayson Riegel provides the 5 ‘P’s of vocal variety: pitch, pronunciation, pace, projection, pauses.
Consider Expressions, Phrases and Signposts
- Keep the language simple and clear.
- Use the active voice instead of the passive.
- Use presentation expressions and signposts to keep your audience on track with you.
See Making A Presentation- Language and Phrases for an extensive list of expressions to guide the audience through a presentation.