Be a winner every time you make a presentation (Part 3)

If you want to win you must be prepared to lose. Every opportunity comes with challenges which can easily make you lose the opportunity if they are not properly handled. Losing a deal or an opportunity teaches you ways which do not work hence helping you to devise ways which work.  The rule in winning is never to give up when you lose but find ways which will make you win. The other tips on winning include the following;


When you are called upon to make a presentation, make sure you arrive at the avenue a few hours before the presentation to get acclimatize with the venue. In fact you can even influence the sitting arrangements at the venue to ensure maximum impact on the audience.


Type of audience

It is important for you to know the type of audience you have been invited to present to so that you can tailor your presentation to suit the audience. You have to know the age group, gender mix and the interest of the audience etc.


Start off with an activity

Get the   audience involved from the word go with an activity or discussion of something of interest to the group. This makes both you and audience relax a bit before the actual presentation. You have to make sure activity is relevant to the audience.


PowerPoint slides

In case you are using PowerPoint slides, make sure they are properly done. The font used and colour of the slides must be right.  The slides should not be overcrowded with some many points. It always better to discuss an idea per slide. You have to be quite creative and innovative when preparing your slides.


 Use of videos

Videos are known to have a high impact on the audience especially if they tailored to meet the needs of the audience.




John Muhaise Bikalemesa

Director: Big Drum Advisory Services Limited