Maybe you are currently in a business pitching competition or an internal competition that requires presentation skills as one of the assessment criteria. Whatever type of competition you follow, communication is always a top priority for judges and audiences in assessing your performance.
So what is the right strategy in facing the presentation competition and being the most prominent among the other candidates? Herewith DoctorSlide describes some tips that you can practice further.
Know the Purpose of the Competition
You can't just take part in any competition without knowing in advance what is the objective of the competition itself. Each competition surely has objectives why the it was held. Whether to explore the knowledge of young people related to certain industries or any purposes which is usually announced on posters or websites. By understand deeply about the objectives, then you can develop suitable presentation content framework in order to win it. Always try to include and highlight key words that related with competition's objectives on your presentation slides.
Know the Competition Rules
Always try to read carefully what is the rule (Do's and Don'ts). Competition rules also affect your communication style in delivering the presentation and the assessment. You can explore more about general rules such as dress code, slide size or the duration to the committee before D-Day.
Practice, Practice, and Practice!
Prepare yourself in advance for the entire session by having independent practice. Practice can be done as simple as delivering in front of friends, family and your team. By practicing as often as possible, you can find out what is missing and immediately fix it (for example speaking too fast or unattractive presentation design). With practice, you can also be stay calm in dealing with actual presentation sessions because you are used to delivering presentation content.
Since you are presenting to large group of audience, treat them as human being with clear eye contact. Eye contact is very important to show the sincerity of yourself and gain more confidence.
Expand General Knowledge
Besides mastering the knowledge related to what you present, it is also important to learn general knowledge that is still related to the content of your presentation. For example, if you are presenting a business concept about online transportation, you should also own data about traffic in Jakarta and the level of residents who choose to use online transportation. This can really help you to deal with questions from panelists / judges.
Simple Presentation Design and Easy to Understand
If you use presentation slides as support material, don't forget to always equip the content and design of your presentation carefully so that it's easy to understand. Make sure your slides not too full of wordy content. Don't hesitate to contact DoctorSlide for help with professional design assistance.
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