5 essentials to keep in mind while presenting your PowerPoint

  • Familiarise yourself with your presentation and practice multiple times beforehand. This way you will be prepared for questions and will be able to answer them calmly.

  • Arrive before your audience and take your time to set up. Make sure you do a screen test, sound check and video check if needed and acquaint yourself with the technician in case anything goes wrong during your presentation and you require help.

  • Bring backup information or visuals in case any material is misplaced or lost.

  • During long explanations keep the screen blank behind you so that your audience is not distracted by text or images that could cause their mind to divert from the main topic.

  • Build a rapport with your audience by maintaining eye contact. This will also help you feel calmer as you will feel more at ease speaking to an individual than an unknown crowd.