• Sketch out your presentation. Write down the entire dialogue, including objections and questions you can expect. Then rehearse the whole presentation out loud.
• Tell a story. Stats, data and facts are necessary, but open your presentation with an anecdote that emphasizes the point of the presentation. For example, if you are proposing changes to a process, describe a real situation that supports your point.
• Don’t pace. Instead, stand to one side when you are delivering a message, and move to the other side of the room or stage when you are asking a question.
• Use your voice appropriately. Elevate your volume and quicken your delivery when you want to get a point across. That grabs people’s attention. When you need to share facts and figures, slow down and lower your voice so that people really focus on what you are saying.
— Adapted from “Business Coach Neil Nutburn on How to Succeed With That All-important Presentation,” www.dailyecho.co.uk.