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Generally, when you want to start a presentation session and still feel ain't confident (because didn't master the material), you will tend to look and read the entire content from presentation screen. You might fear to skip any details hence you read the entire content. This concern can be understood. However, this kind of concern also can tear apart the focus of your audience because you might look incompetent since you are too relied with presentation slides.

Master the content as deep as possible

Even though your presentation content is being prepared by someone else, it doesn't mean that you don't need to master it. Better to rehearse the material and try to explore it from various point of view (easiest method is to ask with 5W1H components: What, Where, Who, When, Why, and How?). Mastering the material will help you to become more confident and don't get attached to presentation slides.

Simplify the contents of your presentation slide

Next suggested method is to force yourself in simplifying content of your own presentation slides. Limit the explanation sentences and try to limit only important key words to be appeared on your slides instead. Since your presentation will be directly presented, not kind of printed handout that are distributed to be read independently by audience hence you will be highly suggested to simplify whenever possible. Simple content (words) will also condition yourself to detach from reading the slides' content. You will be naturally "alerted" of what next important topic to be brought instead. In the other hand, your audience will also understand better about your topic since they are assisted with some simple keywords on your slide.

Prioritize Eye Contact

You will also need to prioritize the major function of eye contact with the audience in conjunction to respect their presence. Too much focus on presentation slides might indicate that you didn't aware/consider the audiences' presence. Therefore, you should always conscious and pay attention in maintaining a good eye contact with audience, rather just looking on the slides. Remember, you are presenting to human, not to the slide.

Create Visually Engaging Presentation

When you are using appropriate visual such as images/photos on your presentation slides, it will make you easier in deliberate/explain the entire topic. You might even do sort of storytelling technique to the audiences just by looking on visuals. On audience side, they surely will be pleased by the visually engaging slides that interesting enough to catch their attention. Just in case if you haven't enough time or expertise in doing such thing, you can always contact for professional assistance in visualizing your slides as expected. Have fun in presenting your slides!

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