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Volume 6, Issue 18

5 Presentation Tips to Impress Your Boss

Giving presentations to your boss requires planning and preparation—no matter how familiar you are with the subject. According to one public speaking expert, there are surefire ways to nail a presentation.

"Sometimes your boss will be adept at explaining what he or she is looking for; and other times, they won't be," writes Gary Genard on his blog, The Genard Method. "Equally important, your boss may not consciously realize what they're expecting from you... though they probably unconsciously understand what those things are."

If this happens, it's important to master the basics of presenting, which Genard explains in the following tips:

Establish a bond with your spectators. Starting strong is important, writes Genard. "Audiences make judgments about you very quickly and you need to hit the ground running," he advises.

Exhibit your credibility. Prove to your audience that you have something to offer them about the topic on which you are presenting. Genard suggests giving your full name, job title and any other evidence that would show you hold some level of expertise on the topic. 

Remain confident. "A few years ago, a member of a large law firm came to me for coaching because the firm had lost out on a major bid. The reason: this lawyer had been visibly nervous as the lead presenter with the firm's pitch," writes Genard. He suggests working with a speech coach if you are struggling to exhibit confidence while presenting.

Demonstrate your ability to adapt. Genard believes that with the right amount of preparation, anyone can give a good presentation. However, it's common for unanticipated questions to arise during your presentation. Your superiors want to see that you can think and act quickly when unforeseen circumstances come about, writes Genard.

Motivate your listeners. According to Genard, one key to presentation success is an individual's ability to leave a lasting impact during the short window of time he or she is allotted. He urges presenters to view the opportunity not as one to deliver a speech, but to motivate your audience to action.

This article is from the Advancement Weekly, Nov. 7, 2016 issue.

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