The key to any successful presentation is to not make an ass of yourself in front of your coworkers. For some, this means lots of practice and careful preparation. For people who don’t feel like doing that, it means following these 12 tricks. These subtle tricks will carefully mask how little you know about that thing you’re supposed to be an expert on.
Begin with an interesting fact
Start your introduction with something solid and important, for example, an individual story you stole or a stunning certainty that nobody is very certain is valid. This will promptly stand out enough to be noticed for a moment or two and after that be latched onto their subconscious minds for whatever remains of the introduction so they don’t tune in to whatever else you say.
Hold a pen and a few papers
Ensure you’re continually holding something, regardless of whether it’s a pen, a couple of free bits of paper, or both. This influences you to appear to be excessively arranged, gives you something to utilize while indicating, and makes it simple rapidly allude to your “notes” or claim to take notes.
Introduce your project by comparing it to other more successful projects
A simple method to make whatever you’re showing appear to be fantastically essential is to put it toward the finish of a rundown of notably effective things. Discuss the wheel, power, the inner ignition motor, the iPhone, or medium-term shipping. At that point say that the thing you’re discussing follows in the strides of those mind blowing innovations, similar to you and that really trust.
Say you really want this to be interactive
Enabling your group of onlookers to stop you anytime is a compelling method to abstain from giving your introduction by any means. This is useful particularly when you completely neglected to set anything up, or procrastinated until the point that the very late at that point you fall asleep
Ask open-finished inquiries, for example, “What would you like to catch wind of?” or more pointed ones, for example, “Jenna, what do you consider our income a year ago?” When individuals give their reactions, incline toward the divider and gesture, at that point check out the room and ask, “Any other else?”
Put one large word on each slide
When designing your slides, simply put one large word in the center of every slide. This word can be in white text over a dark background, in black text over a light background, or in white text over a half-opaque field over a photo you stole from Google Images.
Read the word aloud, then look at the audience and say, “I’m just going to let that sink in.” If they aren’t completely overwhelmed by your intelligence, they’ll at least be wondering why they aren’t.
Ask someone else to control the slides
Asking someone else to run the slides for you immediately puts you in a position of power where you can say things like, “Next slide, please,” “Just go back a few slides,” and “Please try and keep up with me, Janet.”
It also gives you leeway to walk around the room, put your hands on your hips, and keep everyone on their toes about where you’ll roam next.
Before moving on, ask if it’s OK to move on
There’s nothing like a condescending, “Is it OK for me to move on?” to make your audience feel like a class of second graders at story time.
Ask for a verbal confirmation that it’s OK to move on. Make sure to ask this of the whole room but while looking at only one person. Then pause and say, “Next slide, please.”
Skip over several slides
Grab several slides from previous presentations or presentations from your coworkers and put them in between the slides you made. Then just skip over these quickly saying, “Oh, we can skip this for now,” or “I’ll come back to this if we have time.” Your coworkers will think you spent hours and hours overpreparing for your talk.
Say “That’s a great question” before you avoid each question
Besides being a great way to stall until you can think of a way to avoid the question, complimenting the asker also makes you look like a generous presenter.
After you comment on how great the question is, no one will even notice when you say something like, “You’ll see the answer if you just keep listening,” “Let me address that at the end,” or “Let’s follow up about that offline.”
When a VP makes a comment, stop to write it down
If a VP or other higher-up makes a comment, immediately stop your presentation to write it down. Say, “Great point, Sheila, let me just make a note of that,” being sure to call her by her first name (or a nickname) so everyone knows you guys are pals.
Sit on the edge of the table
Sitting on the edge of the conference table will make you seem more informal, without taking away your air of superiority. Try calling someone’s name and speaking directly to him. Then look off into the distance like you’re deeply contemplating something. Your audience will be mesmerized.
Ask the audience to come up with key takeaways
Every good presentation ends with key takeaways, but smart presenters always ask the audience what they thought they were. Don’t worry about the initial awkwardness. If the silence becomes deafening, just call on someone and act like whatever she says is total brilliance. Make a note of it.