Presentations can be an important part of business. Big accounts have been won and
lost due to the quality of a presentation. Whether you want to add new clients
or service the ones you have, being a good presenter is a key to
In this article, we’ll show you how to create
professional-looking presentation materials that are easy to put together.
You’ll also learn ways to deliver your presentation so it’s entertaining and
dynamic. Here are some tried and tested tips to make your next presentation a
Prepare presentation materials that pack a punch
The thought of speaking in front of a crowd is a bit unnerving for most of us.
But with some good preparation and a can-do attitude, you can keep the
audience engaged and interested in what you have to say. Here are a few things
to do in advance:
Create a handout they’ll want to keep
Put together the key information from your presentation to pass out to your
attendees. They’ll have something to refer to during your presentation, a place
to take notes, and a handy takeaway to use as a reference later.
Or, if it’s the kind of presentation where you need all eyes on you the entire
time, pass out the materials at the end so they can review your information
afterward and keep it fresh in their minds. To give your handouts a
professional look, start with Avery Durable Binders. Then organize the information inside with a clean, printed-on look
with Avery Index Maker Dividers. The clear label tabs can be customized quickly with free Avery
Design & Print Online software, and it’s easy to create labels for both the front and back of each tab.
Bring a back-up, because the show must go on
Don’t let technical difficulties be your presentation downfall. In the event you’re
unable to project your slides, bring a hard copy of your slides organized in
an Avery Binder so you’ll have something to refer to as back up and can continue presenting
without a hitch.
Get the audience involved
For large audiences, Avery Postcards are
a great way for the audience to jot down questions for you to address during
the presentation, or to get feedback afterwards. For collecting feedback, it’s
always helpful to include at least one question you want them to answer on
their feedback card.
Your cards can look even more professional by
customizing them with graphics and including your logo, too! You can hand them
out at the beginning of your presentation, or tuck them into the binders and
let the audience know they’re there.
One more idea on your presentation materials: if you’re shipping your materials to the conference
location ahead of time so you won’t have to carry them with you, why not brand
your Avery Shipping and Mailing Labels with
your business logo? You’ll have a more professional look down to the smallest detail.
Deliver your presentation like a pro
When you’re presenting, you’re looking for nods of approval, not people
nodding off in the middle of your bar chart screen. Whether you’re new to
public speaking or just a little rusty, there are three words that can help
you: practice, practice, practice! Here are some other simple tips that can
take your presentation from blah to aah.
Be friendly and open - Start with a big, high energy smile and lots of eye contact.
Break the ice - Find a common thread in the audience with topics such as parenting, sports, a
relatable product, etc. and open with a refreshing or heartwarming anecdote to lighten things up.
Interact with the audience - Ask the audience to participate by asking opinions and questions about their
experience on the subject.
Use humor - Don’t be afraid to poke some fun at the obvious, like “This pie chart has so
many colors, it could pass as a beach ball.” You’ll get a lot of smiles and be
able to break any tension.
Keep their interest - Even if you’ve got a lot of facts and figures to discuss, your presentation
doesn’t have to be dry. Mix things up with interesting visuals, share stories
to make points more memorable, and keep the flow of your presentation going at
a good pace.
With the right preparation, customized Avery products, and
a little practice, your next presentation can be your best
Avery, you've done it again. Thanks for wowing us.