5 Things You Need to Know About Presentation

Presentation – when you’re on a business meeting or briefing there’s no easier way to boost your message than with the use of a it. Learn how to do it right.

First—Why Are Presentations So Important and Useful?

If you were attentive in history classes, you must remember the term ‘orator’ from Ancient history course. Orator—a person proficient in speaking skills and able to communicate a message and to convince to one’s rights. Sounds familiar? If so, you are right, because nowadays you’d say such an individual is good at presenting various topics.

Contemporary world—especially business and professional environments—call for those who are well-trained and experienced in the ‘art’ of presentation, conveying messages and soliciting a cause. And contrary to Ancient times, such people have larger inventory of tools to support and aid own skills. One of those tools is a presentation—today, more often digital or online, than paper. It’s a slender and elegant means of illustrating the message that is to be conveyed. And this is the key feature that makes a good presentation worth a while. Only when done and used right, of course.

Second—What Presentations You Can Create?

Digital, or if you prefer online era we live in equips us with a wide variety of tools. The problem imposed on us is to choose the one suitable for us and usable for our purpose. Probably everyone is, at least, familiar with Microsoft PowerPoint or OpenOffice Impress. These are the tools that can make the message you communicate more interesting and appealing. Or more boring and indigestible… Depending on the way you use them.

Presentations you can prepare are basically limited by your creativity, as the pieces of software for creating them cater for a good number of tricks. Thus, you can make, for example, complex multimedia presentations or simple photo presentations. You may prepare short business presentation for a group of work colleagues that boils down to charts and tables helping crunch the numbers. Or your presentation may contain a spectrum of transitions, photos, diagrams, movie clips and sound files. And if you think of boasting your camera shots from an all-inclusive holidays, a simple photo slideshow will do good. The number of purposes for a presentation equals the number of ways to prepare it.

There is no topic whatsoever you cannot cover up with a well-devised and carefully prepared presentation. It may become just an illustration for your keynote speech. It might as well be extensive source of information (though you are highly discouraged to use it this way). Anything you think of it to be, you should always remember the following presentation tips.

Third—What Are the Marks of a Good Presentation?

Serving as an aid to your speech, a good presentation needs to feature certain characteristics in order to be useful and power up your message. Neglecting those basics may lead you astray, where you end up with illegible, incomprehensible, and useless set of slides that no one will be interested in going through.

Here’s what you should remember of:

  • keep it clear
  • keep it simple (as far as possible)
  • keep logical order of your message
  • keep it concise
  • don’t use too much text on slides
  • use charts, diagrams, tables
  • use multimedia—video clips and sound files

Clarity, simplicity and logicality of your presentation are all a must. Just like with, e.g., brochures, too much complexity is not always welcomed and desired, as it often blurs exactly the part you want to draw your audience’s attention to. Keeping it concise, mainly through NOT using too much words is also a path to follow. If you ask yourself ‘why?’ just think of a vast amounts of text you need to concentrate on while listening to a speaker who presents the topic. Is it hard to focus at the same time on what you read and listen to? Of course it is. Simply remember—in most cases presentation is to serve as an aid or means to an end (for example, an oral presentation), not the end itself. Similarly, charts, diagrams and tables, as well as multimedia content will help you bring coherence of the subject.

Fourth—What to Use for Preparing Professional Presentation?

There is a good number of solutions to solve this puzzle. The obvious one is to turn to widely available software, just like the already mentioned Microsoft PowerPoint. It is relatively easy to get accustomed with. It also provides you with predefined themes and motives you can choose from.

Online services can supply you with even more presentation designs, templates and ideas of how to make a good and professional presentation. The choice is wide. Just don’t let yourself carried away with your creativity. For nowadays ‘professional’ does not mean, overloaded with details, time- and resource-consuming, and requiring vast, specialised knowledge. All that you need is available online and yours for the taking.

Fifth—Considering Professional Translation of Your Presentation?

And what to do if your presentation is to reach international audience? Serve them with it in your language? Bad idea. Do not provide them with it at all? Even worse a solution. When you face similar issue you should think of translation service providers like Slavis Translation Agency. When you are in need of a professionally done translation you need to be sure it will be up to your expectations. If you devote your time and resources to prepare concise, clear, and comprehensible presentation you want to keep it this way in a translation. Thus Slavis Translation Agency is what you should look for. It will be able to provide you with a well-phrased translation. Experienced linguists will properly convey language peculiarities. And if you are in need of series of translation for your presentations—whatever the topic—Slavis will bring for you with suitable Computer Aided Translation and translation memory services.

 

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Autor: Michal Wiewior

CEO in Slavis Technical Translations, Sworny - Certified Translations

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