Presentation Quick Tip #10 - Where to Stand When Giving a Presentation

A common mistake that I see over and over is presenters not appearing confident and comfortable when giving their presentations. Does this affect you? Well, it depends on how you stand when giving your presentations. This is mainly for when you need to present together with slides. Please check out the video or skip down and read more on this topic.

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Why is how you stand important?

It's important to know good techniques when standing because you will appear confident to your audience, be engaging and be able to get your message across better to your audience. Therefore, you need to know the best ways to stand while giving a presentation.

Stand and deliver

Yes, I know that's a cheap attempt at using a movie reference, but it fits because it means you have to accomplish your presentation's mission. And that mission could be to inform or to persuade, but in reality it's about getting your audience to act in some way. For a great explanation of a presentation's main purpose, getting your audience to take action, head on over to my friend Craig Hadden's blog to learn more.

Here's the angle on standing during a presentation

When you start your presentation, you'll most likely be at the front saying hi. After you do that, follow these 6 tips…

  1. Move to the left side of the screen; the left side from the audience's perspective.
  2. Stand at a 45 degree angle so you can maintain eye contact and see the screen
  3. Use your left hand to point or gesture to items on the screen; use right hand to talk to audience
  4. Move to the right side of the screen to talk about something on that side of the screen
  5. Again, stand at a 45 degree angle so you can maintain eye contact and see the screen
  6. Use your right hand to point or gesture to items on the screen; use left hand to talk to audience

It's much easier than it sounds

Now that you know how to stand in a presentation, you will find that it will be easier to focus on speaking to the audience. Your presentation will immediately improve because of that.

Naturally, nothing will help if you are unprepared so don't make that mistake. Your reputation depends on it.

Try it out and let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Thanks.

Carl

 

Transcript:

Hi, I'm Carl Kwan and this is Presentation Quick Tip #10.

In this one I'm gonna talk about movement and what you should do at the beginning of your presentation, all the way through your presentation.

Now, most presentations begin with you standing at the front of the room.

What you want to do after you begin is to move to the side of your screen and face the audience at approximately a 45 degree angle.

Now do this starting from the left side, from the audience, and talk about whatever is on the left side of your screen.

Then move to the other side when something else you want to talk about on the other side.

And again, face them at a 45 degree angle so you can again refer to your slides and also maintain eye contact with your audience, too.

This is a great way for you to be able to emphasise things and kind of keep movement in your presentation so the audience doesn't get bored.

You can also move in a little bit closer to them when you want to emphasise something.

And move back when you want to talk normally again.

So remember, try to move from side-to-side, facing your audience at approximately a 45 degree angle.

That is Presentation Quick Tip #10.

If you have any questions or comments about this one, please leave them below this video.

Thank you for watching.

Talk to you again soon.

Bye-bye.