How To Deliver A Presentation With Confidence

Delivering the Presentation

Delivering the Presentation

Listen to this postIn the past two months I presented two different technical papers in two major conferences. It was not easy and needed good preparations. The latest paper was presented in the 13th Middle East Corrosion Conference and Exhibition in Bahrain. The paper was presented within the allotted time and generated many interesting questions which continued during the coffee break. I thought of sharing some of the tips I use to deliver my technical paper with confidence:

  1. Write the paper by yourself, do not let anybody else to,write it for you. You will subconsciously synthesis the information while writing and keep the information for future use.
  2. Prepare the presentation by yourself. Avoid using text automation and “cool tricks”, they might stop functioning during the presentation or function wrongly when the presentation is installed on a different PC.
  3. Last minute changes in the presentation will make you nervous, avoid them unless they are necessary. You may complicate your presentation or mistakenly drop some slides during the last minute changes.
  4. Go early to the conference place so you do not get stuck in the traffic. When you reach the presentation hall, get familiar with the place, lights, podium and microphone.
  5. Check the loaded presentation in the PC. It might be distorted because the presentation is transferred to anther of PC. If possible, stand at the podium and switch on the microphone. Talk or do quick rehearsal of your presentation while you are still standing at the podium. You will get used to hearing yourself through the speakers and will get familiar to the presentation position and relax a bit.
  6. When presenting, avoid unnecessary jokes unless you have tried them before and they were funny without offending anybody.
  7. You will be nervous in the first 5 minutes of the presentation, this is normal. The intensity of your nervousness depends on the situation and your confidence level.
  8. Stick to the time allotted for your presentation. Try to finish early to avoid rushing through your summary and concluding remarks. Most of your audience are interested in the conclusion. Make sure you deliver it clearly and slowly.
  9. When somebody ask you a question that you can’t answer just say ” Thank you, this is an interesting question… I never thought of it this way. I will explore it and give you the answer…I need your email to send the answer to you” hold you pen and write the question.
  10. Smile and thank the audience for their participation and excellent questions.

That’s it, you have done it.

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6 Responses to How To Deliver A Presentation With Confidence

  1. rossa says:

    Thank you for the helpful tips – will keep that in mind in case that day will come – to make a presentation – but did you really feel nervous? Personally, I don’t think so – because if there’s one person oozing with confidence – that’s you, Abu Ahmad. Congratulations! You’ve done it again – presentation with confidence- I’m sure you have imparted useful and educational information! More power.

  2. Thank you for the encouragement and the nice remarks. You are right the presentation was well accepted and some of them ask for a copy of the presentation.

  3. Musaed says:

    Thanks, Bo-Ahmad, we really get a greet benefit from your piece of advice. Thanks again.

    • Thank you for the valuable comment. Please let me know if I need to expand on this post or add additional info you would like to see in this blog or this subject or other subjects of your interest. I like feedback (positive or constructive) and believe it is the best way to improve my performance.

  4. Hellraiser says:

    Great Article! All points are valid, I would like to share a couple from my experience.

    Try not locking eyes or focusing on the front row or with with a single individual.
    Always scan across the audience.
    Do not hold the table in front of you as if it is your life boat.
    Speak clearly and slowly.
    Alternate your pitch to prevent the audience boredom.
    Lastly avoid the first slot after lunch guaranteed to put your audience to sleep.

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