Know your presentation:
You must be the owner of the presentation you are about to give. This means you must prepare the presentation your self and not rely on others to prepare it for you. This way, you know the word of your material inside out.
Practice make perfect:
If possible rehearse your presentation at least five times this will help “cool” your nerves. Having input from your peers can also a plus.
Converse not dictate:
Make your presentation a conversation so there is a “human” touch to it. No body likes to be dictated to.
Very often special or technical terms will often turn certain part of the audience off as they may now be familiar with it.
Have you ever sat in a presentation where the speaker only looks at his/her presentation sheets? Doesn’t it make you want to run out of the room? The speaker must face the audience and make eye contact. Again, this is considered “human” touch.
Standing still and reciting is a NO NO. Try to walk around your audience or the front stage. Doing so will create a sense of becoming one with your listeners.
The natural way:
Gesture in a relaxed and natural way.
This should be a natural process but often forgotten. 5 to 10 mins prior to giving the presentation and in a quiet area, take the time to breathe slowly as this helps to relax and reduce the “um”, “er”, and “you know”.
Do not feel you need to shout to your audience to get their attention. Presenting in a natural voice and speak loud enough will often win the day.