Presentation FAQs

1. I find it difficult to remember my lines during presentations, what could be done to avoid such situations in public?

It’s very common to forget your lines, panic or feel nervous while speaking in public, so always remember the first few lines to start the presentation, but the rest of the contents of the presentation should be understood and not mugged up. The more you by-heart, the more you develop the fear of forgetting what you know. So understanding your presentation details will give you the freedom of reacting spontaneously during presentation. Also a great deal of practice will make you through with your contents and presenting them gets much more simplifies.

“No one can remember more than three points.”
– Philip Crosby

2. I develop shaky feet while facing the audience, how can this be prevented?
The more you face the crowd the more you free yourself from your stage fear. Grab every opportunity you get to face the public and facing the audience many times helps you get rid of shaky feet developed due to stage fear.

3. While presenting I always fear, I may make mistakes and people may laugh at me.
No body is a perfect presenter, in fact a person who doesn’t make mistakes while presenting doesn’t even sound natural, so there is no harm in making mistakes. Well lots of mistakes could be averted by simply practicing and rehearsing many times. It’s said that it takes an hour of preparation for every minute of presentation.

4. I sound monotonous during my presentations.
The more you present and the more you practice between friends, the more expertise you gain. Practicing is the only way to polish yourself for presentations. Practice within a group of friends and point out flaws in an unbiased manner and suggest solutions.

5. How do I maintain a confident attitude throughout the presentations?
Presentations are nothing but simply speaking to an audience just like you speak when you are in a group of friends. Did you ever think of maintaining a confident attitude at such times? It’s simply how you perceive things that can drastically change things for you.

6. I generally end up speaking a lot during presentations.
You know a lot about the topic, but you haven’t organized on what to speak and what not to speak and you generally end up speaking more than required. This is a critical problem, when you have a limited time for presentation and you cannot afford a time overrun. Ask yourself, ”If I had only sixty seconds on the stage, what would I absolutely have to say to get my message across.”