Professional Personal Presentation Skills

Review these notes for for tips on effective personal presentations.

Prepare for the Presentation

  • Know what you want to say, and say it.
  • Do not be afraid to admit that you don't know.
  • Do not be rushed into answering.
  • Do not use professional jargon.
  • Find out as much as you can.
  • Always dress your part.
  • Do not look into the camera.
  • Project enthusiasm for your messages.

Kevin R. Daley: “It's Not What You Say, but How It Sounds.”

  • Do not read from notes.
  • Hands out of pockets.
  • Do not shift your weight.
  • Gesture with one hand.
  • Focus on one member of the audience at a time.
  • Do not ever be in total darkness.
  • Apply the same rules to one-on-one meetings.

Best Speaking Speed

  • The best speed for listener attention and retention is between 140-180 words per minute.
  • About three words per second (“from now to now”).
  • 40 words in 15 seconds.
  • Slower speed for impact faster speed for urgency.
Do not be untruthful, but also do not feel the need to be hurtful. Do not say someone looks unwell, sick, or tired. This will do nothing to further conversation and will only make the person uncomfortable. Remember silence is an option.


Source: Steven R. Van Hook and Saylor Academy
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