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6 Tips for Mastering the Art of Presentation Skills

Ajay Kapur, Senior Project Manager at UBS

I recently had the opportunity to lead a webinar on the importance of presentation skills, part of a UBS and JA Europe programme running in France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. The workshop was an overall success, engaging over 80 students and teachers.

During the workshop I shared my story as an entrepreneur, which taught me how indispensable presentation skills are to success, both in and out of the office. Here are a few tips to mastering your own presentation:

1. Begin with the end in mind

Before starting, think of the final outcome you want to achieve with your presentation. Have a clear overall picture and focus on it throughout the whole presentation.

2. The rule of KISS

A presentation should always be concise and easy to understand. This rule refers to the importance of Keeping It Short and Simple. For a successful presentation, you need to stay on topic and always be clear about what you want to transmit.


3. Less is more

Reiterating tip #2: make your presentation as easy to understand as possible, don’t complicate it - keep it simple. Explain your presentation in a way that everyone will understand, don’t overdo it with too much text but focus on key words instead. The less you have on your presentation slides, the better in order to keep your audience interested.

4. Connect with your audience

Before a presentation always find out who your audience is and try to adapt your presentation to them. Know what your audience is interested in so you can adapt and capture their attention.

5. Right to speak

Everyone gets nervous before a presentation - after all, public speaking is considered people’s number one fear. So try to relax, breathe and be calm. Don’t focus on how stressed you are, but rather try to focus on your breathing.

6. Be yourself!

The most important piece of all – be genuine. Share your passion and excitement with the audience.

Category : Entrepreneurship, Business Volunteering, Entrepreneurship Education Posted : 15 March 2015 09:51 UTC
About the Author
Ajay Kapur, Senior Project Manager at UBS

Ajay Kapur has many years of experience working as a consultant in the banking industry. Currently he works as a Senior Project manager for UBS and also runs his own real estate business. He is a life-long entrepreneur and most importantly, he loves presentations.

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