Making a presentation is a hard thing? You should be kidding me

HamzaBOUKRAAStarred Page By HamzaBOUKRAA, 30th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Some people think that making a presentation is a simple and easy thing to do. In fact, It is not totally wrong. But in most cases it is if certain rules are not respected.

Presentations? Why do I talk about it?

To be in a conference, in a seminar, a sales presentation or even a organization event is awesome : people from different cultures, different ways to see the world are present and you feel that this is the day you were waiting for. But, in some minutes (or even some seconds) after the commencement, a speaker takes the microphone and makes you feel so bad, so bad that you want to leave (but unfortunately you have spent money to be there). You look around and you see that most of people do not follow the point anymore (Sleeping, doing other things...). That's crazy, no one is following. So you put yourself in the speakers position and you hate the idea of speaking to "NONE".

What shall you do to avoid being in such embarrassment?

Briefly speaking, the 3S rule is the key to a successful presentation :

  • Simplicity : Try to be as simple as possible. Few colors (matching colors), few fonts but as many photos as possible (no sophisticated diagrams, no unreadable figures...). Don't try to make your presentation full of text, you'll be helpless because people can read (Thank you but your effort is useless). Having multiple points slides is arrogant, so try to make one per slide. The simpliest it is, the more people will focus.

  • Significance : Try to find a meaning to what you say by asking yourself two questions : What's the real subject? And why does it matter to you and to the listeners (or viewers)? Signinficance mixed with your passion the subject are the main points that lead to the audience attention. So if you don't find "The meaning", the real one, please don't make people sleep!

  • Structure : Try to build a solid structure, successive events or thoughts that will make what you say memorable and attracting more and more attention. Each time, try to expose the reasons based on what you previously have said, that makes a convincing speech. Detailing those building blocks of your presentation will help you to make it scalable in time (you can make in 5 minutes or even in 45 minutes, it up to you and to the given lapse of time).

Few extra point

The 3S rules are great, aren't they? Well, there are some other points that will keep your presentation (and your person) memorable :

  • Interaction with audience : Avoid being and acting like a robot. You are not behind a screen, you can talk to people (it is not a dialog but you can have an emotional or behavioral feedback).
  • It is not about proving who you are : Don't try to prove to people that you are the boss or the expert, they already expect you to be the one. So try instead to go directly in-depth (be sure, no one will give you again a degree).
  • Do NOT be arrogant : Avoid using repetitive non-words (uh, uhm, you know, you see....) because that's meaningless. Ideas are linked by sentences not non-words.


Many other details and points could be presented, like showing passion, being awesome (opposite of disgusting), being funny (not for all of the time)...

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Exposing, Interactivity, People, Presentation, Presenting, Sleeping, Speaking, Words

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An engineer. (Software Engineer). I like Following and writing about new technologies and Human being

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author avatar christopheranton
3rd Dec 2011 (#)

Some very useful tips there.
Thank you.

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author avatar D in The Darling
3rd Dec 2011 (#)

Wonderful piece. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar HamzaBOUKRAA
3rd Dec 2011 (#)

@christopheranton, @D in The Darling : Thank you, feel free to discover the rest of my posts ;)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
4th Dec 2011 (#)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
4th Dec 2011 (#)

That should read - I'M going to...' not 'I' going to...' Silly Sheila!!!

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author avatar Retired
9th Dec 2011 (#)

Good star page. Welcome to Wikinut. :-) Thanks for following me, too~

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author avatar HamzaBOUKRAA
9th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you ;) Well I'm not really new in here (since January 2010) :) Next one will be much better ... :)

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