If you’ve ever found, after hard work and many sleepless nights, just the right project that you consider to be the big thing, well, you didn’t actually do much.

Presentation is not just the powerpoint slideshow. Presentation is part of your strategy to place your product in to public. Depending of the quality and the content, same as your overall attitude and ‘vibe’ that you send, the audience will make their impression about you and your product. We want that first and often most important impression to be good, right? Wrong.

We want it to be outstanding.

In continuation of the post you can learn few guidelines and professional advices how to prepare for a presentation.

1. Write down the titles and chapters

While creating the overall image about what you want to present, write down that come to your mind while you think about the presentation’s content.
Although it sounds like a pretty simple step, it is very important because of the creation of the map of your future presentation, or in other words, creating the frames for your presentation.

When you highlight the guidelines that make overall of your content, check them out and make your self as many questions as you can:
What does this guideline mean? Is this chapter really important? In what extense do I want to go with this chapter’s content? What am I actually presenting? How does this chapter affect other chapters and does it relates to them or it stands alone? Can I get rid of this chapter? Any question that you ask your self is good because it helps you get the clearer picture about your content.

2. Write down text according to chosen chapters

Good practice is to write down all that you have to say. No matter the size of content, fully structured content gives you even in the early stage of presentation organisation a confidence that you know what are you talking about.
If it comes to you that you’ve went to the wrong direction, go back to the guidelines from the first step and think about the structure once more.

3. Align your presentations priorities

Make the introduction short. Get to the point right away. Although everything depends about the type of your presentation, good introduction must always intrigue the audience. No matter if you open your presentation with the joke, short anegdote, personal presentation or maybe interesting picture, guide your audience into your content.
Try to create an environment that you would enjoy if you would listen to your presentation without any knowledge about the theme.
If we take, for an example, a good stand up comedian doesn’t talk about the college he attended or experience that he had trough his life before he get’s to his jokes. I this case, you are stand up presenter and you should do the same.
If you think that there is something in your presentation’s content that you can let out – do it. Once more, check if the structure fits your vision and if all of your’s guidelines are worked through. Your almost ready.

4. Make the presentation

When you have the final structure, make the presentation. Be sure to use speaker notes so you can remind yourself of the key elements. Good idea is to use stopwatch also, it can be of great help to calculate how much time you need on each chapter and overall, especially if you are presenting in a defined time frame. It may lead also to the content changes so you would fit your presentation to the given time restrictions.
You can exercise the presentation by yourself or even record the video of your presentation. By watching the recording you can find out potential problems that you feel that you have to correct (sentance flow, word pronunciation, presentation dynamic, body language).
Exercise the presentation few times, at least three. Notice the body language, breathing and the content. Polish your content once more and the presentation’s content is ready to go.

5. Stage fright

Everybody has a stage fright. Especially people that never had a performance in front of audience.
Stage fright is a good thing, it keeps us aware of the situation, so we can use it in our advance. If you research a bit about conquering the stage fright, you’ll probably find many unuseful comments. But one is for sure, stage fright disappears when you start to talk. Self confidence doesn’t come from the bad internet articles, it comes from faith in yourself and in the content that you’re about to share. From that we easily com to the conclusion that your presentation has nothing to do with you imagining the audience in their underpants, so you would feel more self cinfident.
If you are sure that you’ve polished your presentation well enough, and if you belive in your project. getting on to the stage shouldn’t be a problem, but be sure take a good laugh before you get on stage, because the happiness hormon kills stress the best, and it will make you leave a good impression right from the beginning.

You’re ready. You don’t feel like you are, but you are. You know your presentation and you are so confident in it that you think about the little changes you could make even on the way. Well, don’t.
Stage fright is on the place, right where it should be. If you accept is as a part of your new experience, it’s not your brake anymore, but a new tool.
If you think that it is necessary, go to the toilet , look to the mirror and tell yourself something , something positive and what makes you happy. Something that makes you calm or inspires you.

Get on stage and rock!