5 Powerful Presentation Skills

Posted on 2017/05/02

There are a lot of courses out there to learn how to deliver brilliant and engaging presentations but if you do not want to waste time and money, most of them distil down to a number of top tips that you can use yourself with practice, and deliver powerful presentations. These are our top five:

1. Use genuine emotion One way to engage with an audience is to show real emotion. If you are talking about something that went well, emit that you are proud and happy. Whereas if you are explaining something sad, make sure you convey those feelings. It will help the individuals within the audience to connect with you. A good way to do this in practice is to tell a real story of something that happened to you and how it made you feel.

2. Give the audience a take away What you want to avoid is everything you have said and shared being forgotten the moment the presentation is over. Keep what you have said in the hearts and minds of the audience by giving them a take away activity that they are to do within 24 hours after the presentation. An example might be asking the audience to offer praise in a situation where they normally would not.

3. Encourage real time questions Do not insist on audience questions waiting until the end. You are trying to engage the audience and a great way to do that is to encourage questions throughout the presentation. Clearly you are relying on the audience to not ask question after question and disrupt your flow completely. If that does begin to happen, perhaps politely offer to respond to the question after you come to the next natural end of section.

4. Repetition Politicians are the masters of using repetition in their speeches to drive their message into the memories of the audience. It has to be done in a clever and subtle way and must not be obvious. One way to do it is to refer to the same message in the intro, mid-section, and again as a parting note.

5. Have a contingency plan Sometimes things don’t go to plan. For example the PowerPoint slides might not open up or the technology might fail completely. The worst thing you can do is panic. It is better to have a back-up plan for the most likely issues you may end up facing. Then you will be well prepared if your 1st plan does not work.


Delivering a presentation is daunting for most people, and that fear can become overwhelming. This is why it is useful to consider the above tips, be prepared, practice, and thereby increase your confidence of delivering a powerful presentation.