The thing about presentation
An average person attention span is 10 minutes. For people who are time poor, it’s less than 5 minutes. After that, it depends on the presenter’s creativity and showmanship to retain attention. For most people, presentation is scary because it is a perfect platform which allows people to critique whether verbally or via their facial expressions. It is one of the most dreaded task for any jobs at hand. And to me, it’s still is.
The other side of presentation is that it’s a PRIVILEGE to the presenter. It is a privilege simply because it’s the only platform whereby you have a group of people taking their precious time to pay their attention to you. Normally, you would have to pay to garner people’s attention which is how advertisement originates.
The next challenge is to get your audience excited and believe in your presentation. A good dipstick to know whether you have a good presentation is when your audience starts asking questions, nods as you go along and their eyes focused to you or your slides. Nervousness is a basic feeling especially when you’re presenting to a large crowd consisting of influential and powerful people. It’s normal. The good thing is that they’re interested to listen if not, why else they be here. So, the battle is half won.
Nothing beats to having a good presentation than preparing for it. PREPARATION is the only way I know to having a good presentation regardless whether it’s a 5 min or 50 minutes. This means planning your presentation flow, what to say, what to expect, how to captivate your audience, knowing your audience, where is the presentation location and the list goes on. A good preparation leads to a good presentation and it builds your confidence along the way.
So, the next time your boss ask you to present, view it as an opportunity and put passion in developing your presentation. You never know, you may enjoy it in the end.