During a presentation, the three things one should do include gaining the attention of the audience, inspiring confidence, and developing understating.
The importance of gestures during the presentation
Gestures are essential in a presentation to help deliver the message and naturally emphasize key points. One should always think of a presentation as a conversation with the audience occurring naturally. As humans, we naturally use body movements for expression during an interaction. Therefore, the use of gestures should be considered a normal part of a conversation. Gestures help presenters deliver a purposeful message and emphasized in a natural way (Scotti, 2019). In a presentation, a gesture such as pointing helps draw the attention of the audience. Another gesture of giving and receiving done by holding out hands indicates openness and willingness to share. Another gesture of rejecting or stopping improves a presentation because it indicates boundaries or things that are not needed (Genard, 2016). Therefore, different gestures used in a presentation help provide emphasis and ensure natural delivery of the message.
Advicing someone presenting within a group
To present well with a group, one should hook the audience at the beginning; entice the audience to grab their attention to get a good start. It is also essential to start with introductions so that familiarity can help create a suitable environment for the presentation. If it is a small group, getting to know one another can aid message delivery because of the resulting friendly conversation. It is also important to include transitions from one group member to another within the presentation. It helps the audience keep track of the elements of the presentation delivered by different members. It speaks to your level of planning; a well-planned presentation transitions the audience from one point to another (Genard, 2016). Speakers should organize content, including visual aids, to ensure clarity of the message.
The most important things one should know when beginning a presentation
Beginning a presentation can be difficult if the presenter lacks knowledge of their context and surrounding. To help improve the presentation, one should know the audience to understand better how to deliver (Genard, 2016). If possible, the presenter should meet and greet the audience before speaking. It helps develop a good rapport with the audience; it can help avoid nervousness within the presentation (Abrahams, 2017). One should also know the nature of the audio visual set-up in the meeting room to better understand how to use it. Knowledge of such things can help the presenter organize their content, including visual aids for better delivery. The presenter should also be aware of important aspects such as allocated time, resources, and helpful contacts in the meeting room.
Focusing on the needs of the audience when giving a presentation
The audience in any presentation has information needs; failing to fulfil these can degrade the overall delivery. One should take some time to establish who is attending the presentation (Rubenson, 2018). Further, it is essential to consider their reasons for attendance to establish their information needs. By noting down the kind of audience and their needs, the presenter can better understand how to frame the message and the additional elements to include in the presentation. Another good tactic involves starting with a slide that explains why the attendees should know what you are presenting (Rubenson, 2018). It catches the attention of the audience; each attendee can ponder further and establish their needs. Good presenters also utilize questions and interaction to help meet the needs of the audience. While it is contemporary to have a question-answer session at the end, asking questions within the presentation helps establish needs.