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There are two parts to a successful presentation: the preparation and the delivery. Presentation prep is about organizing your ideas, creating a strong outline for your content, and practicing until you have it down pat. Successful presentation delivery is about the physical act of presenting.
You know the saying, “It’s not what you say, but how you say it”? Your physical presence and behaviors during a presentation have as much influence on making your message stick as the words you say.
Physical actions like gestures and body language can help engage your audience, increase energy in the room, and reinforce your message. However, random or awkward movements can be distracting and will pull your audience’s attention away from your content.
It’s not a bad idea for beginning trainers to plan out the physical component of their presentations in order to avoid distracting movements, the same way they would outline their content. With practice and experience, the physical act of presenting will become second nature. You’ll eventually gravitate to a natural balance between audience size, the dimensions of the room, and your own presentation style.
In the meantime, consider the following six elements of the physical act of presenting each time you prepare to go in front of a new audience.
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