How To Boss It Like A Pro At Your Meeting

If you work in an office environment, chances are you’re pulled into endless meetings about one thing or another. From meetings about meetings to debriefs on how you’re going to pitch a campaign, it’s easy to get lost in your own thoughts and not pay attention. However, what if you’re the one that’s giving the presentation?
We’re all guilty of sitting at the back of the meeting on a Monday morning just wishing the next hour to be over, but it’s extremely frustrating when it’s your talk that’s falling on deaf ears. So what can you do to ensure you nail your meeting efficiently, and effectively? There are a few steps to bossing your meeting…
Understand The Objectives
While you may think the longer the talk the better, this isn’t always the case. Powerpoint presentations are often full of what I like to call filler slides. The pieces of information that you don’t need to know to get your job done, it’s just somebody has figured that 50 slides looks better than 20.
Be concise, be directive and make sure you understand and meet the objectives you’re set. If this takes up half an hour instead of an hour, then bonus for you, and for your audience!
Work The Room
If your presentation is going to take a long time, then make sure you know how to communicate to those that are listening. People learn and retain information differently, and there are many types of ways you can incorporate this into your presentation. There are seven types of learning;
Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.
Practice Public Speaking
There are many different advice pieces on how to engage your audience when speaking and presenting. Some of the most important things are making eye contact, making people laugh and speaking clearly. It’s always a good idea however to practice, practice, practice. Whether you are presenting to a real life audience, yourself in your mirror, or your pet, it’s always worth practicing several times. This minimises the chance of any mistakes, grammatical or factual, as well as highlights the need for natural pauses and stops.
Outfit Prepping
Your outfit is the first thing that people will see. Before you’ve even opened your mouth you will have made your first impression. So it’s best to make a good one. You don’t need to own a wardrobe full of designer suits or dresses. You just need a few key pieces that will ensure you look the part while presenting. Don’t however opt for something completely out of your comfort zone. From too high heels to too short skirts, this point isn’t so much what you look like, but what you’ll feel like.
There’s nothing worse than being nervous AND having to adjust your outfit over and over again. If you are style conscious, you can absolutely start to curate a capsule wardrobe for work, and for presenting. Things like a pop of red lipstick or a coloured shoe can really put a spring in your step and there’s an actual science to dressing in specific colours.
Document Prepping
If you have a Powerpoint presentation to show your audience, it’s always worth printing out your literature for people to follow and to make notes on. Again, some people prefer to learn by writing their own annotations on documents. Folder Printing is always a great way to impress your colleagues or potential clients. You can get any documents or literature printed and bound for maximum professionalism.
Digital Prepping
This will of course come under the practicing advise too, but there’s nothing more embarrassing than not being able to load your presentation up, or when that video that is vital to your presentation doesn’t work. Ensuring anything to do with loading your presentation up, and the functionality of the presentation is worth checking over and over again.
What are your top tips for nailing that presentation?
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