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How to Give a Great Business PRESENTATION: 13 Actionable Tips

How to Give a Great Business PRESENTATION: 13 Actionable Tips


So you’ve written a wonderful
presentation it’s got a big idea it’s full of useful data, insight into the
topic, brilliant observations. You’re wise, you’re clever, you’re funny, and yet when
you give your presentation the reaction is rather, shall we say,
lukewarm. What went wrong? The content was great. Visuals: Check. Hair: check. Makeup;
Check. Could it be your body language? Do you look serious enough? Your facial
expressions? Do you look intellectual enough? Maybe I need my glasses for that.
Do you look intellectual enough? Could it be your eye contact? That’s very
important. Rule number one good eye contact. If it’s a small
audience look around make eye contact with everyone. A large audience divide
the crowd up into sections and dip in and out. Look at each section for a few
seconds at a time. Or could it be the delivery of your talk?
how you use the English language? Your voice. The rhythm, the register, the tone,
the sound and the poetry of your English. If it is pay attention because this is
what we’re going to look at today at the end of this video I’m going to give a
short presentation of my own so make sure you stay for that. So if you want to
give an amazing, crowd-pleasing, life-enhancing presentation then stay
tuned. Hello and welcome to LetThemTalk and
today we’re going to look at how to make a great presentation. By the way I’m an
English teacher not a presentationy experty kind of guy even though I’ve
done quite a few presentations of my own over the years. So we’ll be focusing on
your use of language I will leave the content up to you. However I will give a
few general tips but mostly I’ll be focusing on the delivery and the style
of English in your presentation. Now remember, if you’re not a native English
speaker the music and the rhythm of English could be different to your
language so do pay attention to that. For all talks and presentations you need
three things: to be informative; to be interesting; and to show Authority.
informative: Do you have a big idea? Interesting: If you sound interested your
audience will love it too. Authority: in other words, you need to convince the
audience that you know what you’re talking about.
if you sound too nervous or hesitant you won’t convince your audience. However, a
little bit of nerves is ok. It shows that you’re human. Anyway we’ve done
number one – very important so this is rule number two. Rule number two; try not
to read your presentation. If you sound like you’re reading your audience will
automatically switch off. Reading diminishes your authority and sounds
boring. “Today I’m going to show you how drinking English tea can extend your
life by 20 years.” However good your content is your audience won’t be
listening. Best to have bullet points to guide you through the presentation. This
also leaves room for spontaneity and engagement with the audience. Remember
people love imperfection. it’s counterintuitive but a little
insecurity, making the odd mistake, goes down well with your audience. If you must
read then at least make sure it doesn’t sound like you’re reading. For that some of the tips that follow will help. The voice you
want to sound serious in your presentation so try to aim for a falling
tone in your sentences. You can break this rule from time to time but as a
general rule it’s true. So don’t sound too high-pitched you’ll sound nervous
and clumsy. keep the voice down with a falling tone.
So for example don’t say “hello everybody
nice to see you today with this new strategy alone we’ve increased our
business 30% in the last five years” do say “hello everybody
nice to see you today with this new strategy alone we’ve increased our
business 30% in the last five years.” Intonation: In English there is a lot of
raising and lowering of tones but if you speak in a flat tone like this it sounds
boring the listeners will be bored and you’ll be bored
it sounds monotonous because it is monotonous. Now I have an exercise for
you. What I want you to do is to find a sentence from your presentation ok so
for example (I’m breaking my rule here by reading) “The average user
checks their smartphone 50,000 times a year” Now what I want you to do is
to take the sentence and replace this the words with da’s and I want you to
record yourself doing it so da da da da da da da da da da. Right now go
back to sentence and increase the intonation by about 50% still using das
da da da da da da Dada Dada Dada Dada Dada da. Finally replace the DA’S with
the words stressing the words you consider the most important “the average
user checks their smartphone 50,000 times a year”
now that should sound right most of the time. Your intonation conveys meaning
sometimes of course you don’t want to have this varied intonation, you want a
more monotonous tone. For example “can you turn the lights out?” and not “can you turn
the lights out?” But in my experience in general in presentations there is too
little variety in the intonation. Volume You need to vary the volume of
your speech sometimes quiet sometimes loud. Sometimes you’re speaking softly so
that the listeners have to strain their ears to hear you. Only do this when
you’ve already got their attention. Otherwise they’re likely to fall asleep.
Other times you must speak loudly. “We few, we happy few, we band of
brothers for he who sheds his blood with me today
shall be my brother be he ne’er so vile” A bit of Shakespeare for you there. Speed
Sometimes you want to speed things up to give the impression that things are
moving quickly and it’s very, very exciting. Sometimes you want to go slow,
slow, slow so that your listeners can linger on every word. We’ve sold more
than a million copies of our product in Germany France the UK Brazil the US but
now…. it’s time to open up to the biggest market of them all…. Lichtenstein. Only kidding
kidding China. Silence. You know what you should never
underestimate in a presentation? Silence That’s what sometimes leaving a pause
just at the right moment can capture the mood.
We’ve talked about volume, we’ve talked about speed, we’ll talk about silence and
and if you don’t know by now the next thing you should consider is repetition.
Repetition. Not too often but to highlight an important point it;s quite
effective. another technique is for adding a stress on individual words so
for example. “You’ve got your flour, you’ve got your sugar, you’ve got your
butter, you’ve got your chocolate, let’s make cookies! Here are a few general points
to help build your presentation. Always give examples. preferably in the form of
stories to back up your point. People love stories and they also easier to
remember than cold facts. So for example, instead of saying how sales are picking
up by X percent you could talk about how one sale made a great improvement to the
life of mrs. Perkins. Let’s look at some of the tricks of the English language
that will help improve your presentation. Firstly, and this relates to the word
stressing that we talked about earlier, is the emphatic DO. When
you stress that do in an affirmative sentence. If you’re not sure what
the emphatic DO is then check out our video up here for more details. Anyway
let’s have a look at some examples. “I DO think you should consider
meditating for at least one hour a day.” I do hope that you will remember these
important tips. I did notice that last time I gave them presentation you were
all crying tears of joy. Inversion This is not on English grammar video but
very briefly inversion is when you switch the pronoun and the verb in a
sentence as if you’re forming a question but it’s not only used for questions you
can use it to emphasize a phrase the rules of inversion apply in a few cases
where sentences begin with a NEGATIVE phrase or a word such as NOT ONLY
or NEVER and it’s a very powerful way of making a point so for example: “Not only
without product make you rich, it will make you happy too.” “Not only does she
tease finance, she also plays the banjo.” and with NEVER. “Never have I been so
convinced of anything in all my life!” Finally there are a few expressions that
work really well in the presentations. Here are a small selection. You don’t
need to use them all but they may be helpful especially if English is not
your first language. FIRST AND FOREMOST. which means it’s at the beginning and
it’s the most important thing. “First and foremost I would like to tell you about
a conversation that changed my life.” TO GET OFF TO A FLYING START. which means to
have a successful beginning to something. “Our app got off to a flying start with 1
million downloads in the first 12 days.” IN A NUTSHELL. This means in summary “in a
nutshell we must consume less and stop polluting the atmosphere.” BE THAT AS IT MAY. This means it’s true but… “People say that I’m old, I’m rude, I’m behind the
times be that as it may and I still run the company.” OFF THE CUFF which means to
speak without notes. “Today I’ve torn up my speech and I’m talking to you
off-the-cuff.” A BALLPARK FIGURE. This means an imprecise figure “We don’t have
all the data yet but sales are expected to reach 2 million units by next year
just give you a ballpark figure.” Of course, there are many many expressions
you can use but this is just to give you a few useful ones that you might not
know. Well those are the tips it’s only left for me to give you an example. Now
my presentation it’s going to be relatively short it’s just to give you
an idea and by the way when you start a
presentation try not to start with “thank you for coming” or “hello everybody”
or “can you hear me” or “one two one two, one two, one two” just get on with it. Look at this you know Groucho Marx once
said “outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. inside of a dog, it’s to dark
to read.” Beyond the absurdity of the joke a book is your good friend. Now, I know
you’re a busy person you’ve got work, you’ve got friends,
you’ve got things to do around the house and all those social media posts to
interact with. But put that phone down for a moment
switch off YouTube and read a book. Not right now wait until you’ve finished
watching this video and all my other videos. Anyway one hour a day. Read for
one hour a day is that too much to ask there is nothing else out there they can
fire our imagination, enrich your mind, give you knowledge, relieve stress,
entertain, build your vocabulary, take you to another universe – literally and, and
make you a smarter person. I can hear you tutting, I can see you rolling your eyes.
I’m too busy but make it make it an experiment and you’ll see it’ll change
your life. One hour, that’s not too much. Time in the
metro, waiting for your dental appointment, one chapter before you go to
bed. hey I thought this was supposed to be a business presentation. This has got
nothing to do with business. Ah! well that’s where you’re wrong not only will
it help your relationships, it’ll help your business too. Leaders are readers,
leaders are readers. You can read books specifically about business, that’s fine
but a well-written novel will work just as well or even better. It’ll help you
express your creative ideas in a way that inspires. That’s how you win
customers, that’s how you get followers, that’s how you influence. So for your
business to succeed, forget about “The Art of the Deal” by Donald Trump
try “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” by Thomas Hardy or “The secret History” by Donna
Tartt. If you want your muscles to grow you push your body to
the limits with weights at the gym. If you want your brain to grow you read
things that challenge you intellectually. Reading is a workout for your mind.
Bill Gates reads over an hour each night before going to bed. Would Microsoft be
they’re so successful if he hadn’t? I don’t think so. He might have ended up as a used car salesman on the outskirts of Seattle.
Warren Buffett reads 500 pages a day Elon Musk read science fiction novels
for 10 hours a day when he was young and even now he reads lots of books. So books
don’t guarantee happiness but they will give you the tools and the wherewithal
to succeed. Books will change you in ways that you could never imagine.
In a nutshell, read. Get it into your head

Comments (19)

  1. Thanks for making these wonderful lessons! Like as always!👍🎉🌈🍀🍿🤓

  2. Always look forward to your videos

  3. That's also a psychology lesson 😊

  4. YOU ARE THE LEADER OF TODAY'S YOUNG MINDS AND TOMORROW'S BRIGHT FUTURE. THANK YOU FOR HAVING THE INTEGRITY , STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO LEAD ME DOWN THE RIGHT PATH AND SHOWING ME HOW I CAN BE CONFIDENT IN MY ABILITIES . CHEERS MY BELOVED DIRECTOR !!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Great note at the end about reading.

  6. Great work but the sound of the video is poor. Keep it up

  7. You motivated me to read books, going to book shop now

  8. Sir pls upload more videos more frequently, You upload this video after so long, I was desperately waiting for this, great video

  9. Your channel is very helpful and I could listen to you for hours. Thank you so much for your hard work. I'm new to your channel and I've improved already. Thank you so much !

  10. Cool! Great job! Thank you very much!

  11. I'd heard so many times how to give a presentation — and yet I've learnt something new today. By the way, the talk at the end was not especially original, albeit quite inspiring, I must admit. My Kindle is going to get some charge today. Well done, Gideon 🙂 Very much appreciate such high-quality content.

  12. Sir, it's awesome.Thank you.

  13. Plz gideon sir heartly request you plz make videos on Gerund and paticiples plz plz plz

  14. I thought I was a good English teacher but you take the biscuit – a chocolate digestive at that.
    You impart your deep knowledge of the workings of the English language with passion and panache.
    I salute you!

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