Giving effective and engaging presentations isn’t always easy. Like a lot of people, you might suffer from nerves when you step into the limelight, making it harder to concentrate. Also, if you don’t have a lot of experience, you might be unsure how best to structure the talks.
However, there are ways to make this task easier and help ensure you look and sound the part.
The right office furniture
Office furniture might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you’re planning a presentation. However, in order to come across as convincing when you’re in the spotlight, you need to have all the relevant equipment.
For example, you might benefit from investing in lecterns, flip charts and whiteboards. Being able to use these items during your talk can give you an added air of professionalism.
Here at Furniture At Work™ we offer a range of products and should have exactly what you need. For example, perhaps our laminate front folding lectern would make a welcome addition to your office. This sturdy, full-size pedestal lectern has a real impact when placed at the front of a room or on a stage. It’s also ergonomically designed for optimum reading height and has a sloping shelf for presentation material, notes or a laptop. It even has a second flat shelf for storing props and handouts.
Meanwhile, perhaps our magnetic ultra smooth whiteboards would make a handy accessory during your presentation. These items have an aluminium frame and can be mounted landscape or portrait. Our ultimate flipchart easels are also popular. They come with a double-sided dry-wipe magnetic writing surface and are available in a range of colours.
It’s also important to consider your audience. If individuals have to use uncomfortable seating or some of them have to stand because there aren’t enough chairs, they will struggle to concentrate. No matter how good your talk is, these people are unlikely to be impressed.
If you think you could do with some extra office chairs, just take a look at our impressive selection.
Preparation preparation preparation
Once you’ve ordered any additional furniture you need, it’s time to get preparing. The more familiar you are with the material for your presentation, the more confident and clear you will be. If the talk is particularly important, you might want to run through it with colleagues or at home beforehand to get some feedback and check your timings.
Audiences can easily lose their concentration, so to keep them engaged it helps to offer handouts and to interact with people.
Also, try not to look down at your notes all the time. As long as you’re familiar with them, you should be able to make eye contact with individuals in your audience, at least from time to time. This will make your talk look more professional and dynamic.
Last but not least, make sure you don’t mumble. Speaking slowly and clearly will help you to get your message across. If you’re speaking in a big room, a microphone might help.