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SlideRocket Presentation Tip – 5 Ways To Use Body Language to Enhance Presentation Delivery

By Nat Robinson on January 13, 2010

While what you say is very important, most often it’s the non-verbal cues you give that will determine how the audience responds to your presentation.  Your body language, the subtle movements and gestures you make as you speak, is crucial.  The right body language can help you build a rapport with your audience, and add impact to your content.  But, the wrong body language can make your presentation less effective.

Here are a few important tips to keep in mind whenever you’re giving a presentation:

1. Keep Your Eyes on the Audience

Nothing conveys confidence and authority more than direct eye contact.  Failure to look at the people you’re presenting to may give the impression that you’re insecure, or even worse, dishonest.  What’s the key to maintaining eye contact throughout your presentation?  Preparation!  Know your content well, so you can look at your audience instead of your notes or slides.

2. Avoid “Blocking”

Certain gestures – like crossing your arms, putting your hands in your pockets, or standing behind a podium or laptop – can make you appear standoffish or unfriendly, and hinder your ability to connect with your audience.   This type of body language is known as “blocking”, and should be avoided at all costs. Instead, walk around the room and try to use deliberate hand gestures to emphasize what you’re saying.

3.  Smiles and Other Facial Expressions

While all types of facial expressions can help you stress key points, and should be used for emphasis wherever possible, the most powerful one in your arsenal is your smile.  Nothing relaxes an audience and builds rapport faster.  Unless the content of your presentation is somber in nature, which would make smiling inappropriate, smile as often as possible.  This is particularly important when presenting over the Web – believe it or not, those listening really will hear it in your voice.

4. Be Aware of Your Posture

Presenters need to be commanding, and demonstrate an air of authority in order to gain credibility with their audience.  Therefore, slouching, leaning, and shifting your weight from one leg to another is not the ideal way to stand as you speak.  Keeping your back straight and your shoulders up will convey your confidence to attendees.

5.  Your Attire Really Does Matter

Whether it is more appropriate to dress in formal wear, or business casual attire is debatable, and depends greatly on who your audience is.  But, whatever outfit you choose, make sure your clothing is not distracting.  Avoid bright colors, busy patterns, noisy jewelry, and other items that may draw the eye, or make it difficult for the audience to hear you as you’re speaking.

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SlideRocket Presentation Tip – 5 Things You Need To Know Before Presenting

By Nat Robinson on November 16, 2009
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It’s no secret that the best presenters are the ones who are most prepared.  A little advance legwork can go a very long way when it comes to delivering a compelling, memorable, high-impact presentation.

Here are the five key things you need to know before you present:

1. Know Your Audience

Want to make sure you presentation packs a punch?  Then, create it from the perspective of your audience.  Why is this topic important to them?  What are they looking to learn or take away from the session?  What points will they find most interesting or relevant?  By taking the time to gather a little insight about the people you’ll be presenting to, you can ensure that your content is as beneficial as possible to everyone who attends.

2. Know Your Material

If you aren’t familiar with the content you are presenting, you may lack confidence during your delivery, or end up reading directly from notes to avoid making mistakes.  This can cause your audience to question your credibility, or to become disengaged.  But, knowing your material thoroughly beforehand will help you speak with conviction, and present yourself as an authority on the topic you are covering.

3.  Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Don’t give into the temptation to try something new, just for the sake of “shaking things up”.  Stick to what your good at, and deliver your presentation in a way that plays up your proven strengths.  For example, if you don’t have a knack for comedic timing, avoid jokes and, instead, go with a more straight-forward delivery.  Of, if you’re particularly effective at soliciting audience participation, chose a format that promotes high levels of interaction.

4. Know Your Space

The forum will have a huge effect on how your presentation should be structured, so be sure to check out the room you’ll be presenting in before you put your slides together.    Will you have space to walk around, or will be stuck behind a podium?  Will the audience be sitting classroom-style, or around a boardroom table?  Is there room for a projector and large screen, or will you have to rely on handouts? It’s also very important to visit the room several hours before your scheduled speech, to make sure all equipment, such as microphones and projectors, are working properly.

5. Know What “Plan B” Is

Disaster can strike at any time before or during your presentation.  You’ll need to know – in advance – how you will handle certain catastrophes.  What happens if your A/V equipment breaks?  What will you do if only three people show up, when you were expecting 40?  How do you handle audience questions that you do not know the answer to?  Anticipating and preparing for situations like these can help keep things on track and running smoothly, no matter what happens.

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By Nat Robinson on April 29, 2009
Remotes are an important part of a well delivered presentation.

Remotes are an important part of a well delivered presentation.

A lot of presenters like to use remotes or clickers to advance their slides (and slide builds) as they present. It gives them the opportunity to unchain from the laptop, maybe walk around a bit to get their communicative juices flowing, and more importantly focus on engaging the audience with the story they’re telling.

Remotes come in different form factors and use technologies like Bluetooth, Wifi, IR (requires line of site) or RF to capture and transmit a keyboard command to your presentation software telling it what to do next. They generally all allow you to start, advance, rewind, blank the screen or end your presentation, and some have integrated laser pointers or timers that will let you pace your presentation appropriately.

A relatively new category of remotes will let you use your mobile phone to control your presentation. Apple has a Wifi iPhone client for Keynote and Salling Software has one for Mac OS and Windows that works with a good number of popular phones.

Remotes are made by such reputable brands as Logitech, Targus, Keyspan, Toshiba, Griffin and Kensington, offering a selection of models and prices to suit your needs. You can find many of them on If you’re looking for a recommendation, we agree with Garr Reynolds, smaller and simpler is better, you want a remote to be virtually invisible and enhance your presentation delivery, not detract from it.

When using remotes with SlideRocket we’ve found the best results are achieved with the Offline Player (the SlideRocket AIR client that lets you synchronize presentations to your desktop) but we’ve also had good results using the online client in different browsers including FireFox, Chrome, Safari and IE.

If you use a remote with SlideRocket and would like to share your results please comment below or post a note in our Support Forums or see our Remote Help for known issues . Happy clicking!