We have all sat through presentations that seem to go on forever. You know the type – the presenter drones on, not looking up from their notes, and the audience inevitably drifts off. And can’t we all admit that we would like to enhance our presentation skills? Let’s find out how to greatly improve presentation skills, from creating your presentation, to beating your presentation fears and delivering it confidently, using Mind Maps to support you.
To prepare your presentation, you should always begin with a Mind Map. You can learn how with our create a Mind Map guide.
A key area to improve your presentation skills is to beat your fears of presenting – the world’s number one fear, according to many studies. Many people dread the idea of public speaking, but there are simple tips and techniques to help you to overcome these fears and get better presentation skills:
Create a Mind Map of your fears – with your central idea ‘Fears While Presenting!’. Each main branch should represent a mistake you are afraid of making during your presentation. These should include worries such as ‘Forgetting’, ‘Clumsiness’ and ‘Audience’. Explore these fears, Mind Mapping what you fear could happen, for example under ‘Clumsiness’ you could write ‘Falling’ or ‘Tripping’.
After you have explored all of your fears, make a final branch labelled ‘Overcome’. You will see that many of your fears are easily beaten, for example, ‘Laugh’ could be one of your branches, meaning that even if you do trip or fall, you recover quickly and engage with your audience by laughing about it.
When you feel your nerves growing when presenting, simply relax and try and act naturally – the hallmark of a bad presenter is someone who seems uncomfortable. Make your presentation conversational, as though you were speaking to friends and family.
If you make a mistake in your presentation, don’t panic! As in normal conversation, we simply laugh, pause and continue. Breathe deeply and carry on, your audience will feel reassured that they are learning from such a cool, calm and collected presenter.
Now you should have your presentation Mind Map, and have beaten any last minute fears. Let’s take a look at some key presentation skills tips:
If there is one sure-fire way you can wow your audience, it’s with iMindMap Ultimate. Not only can you create your presentation map within iMindMap, you can now use its award winning Presentation Mode to deliver it! iMindMap smoothly animates your Maps so that they grow branch by branch, keeping your audience focused. Zoom in and out on branches for emphasis, and link direct to any files, websites, spreadsheets or other Mind Maps all from within your presentation.
Plus our new Presentation View gives you two-screen control, with your notes on one screen and your audience view on another, giving you added reassurance. If you are a die-hard PowerPoint user, you can export to this programme – although after you have used iMindMap Ultimate’s Presentation Mode, you may not want to! iMindMap will improve your presentation skills even further – taking your presentations to a new level of confidence.