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  2. 2. Interviews can be really tense situations. Throwing a presentation into the mix only adds to that pressure. What can you do to ease those nerves and start your presentation in a calm and confident manner? How can you captivate your audience and help assure them that you’re the right candidate for the job? T 2
  3. 3. PREPARING A PRESENTATION  If you plan your presentation in advance you’ll increase your likelihood of success.  Make sure you know what type of message you want to convey and think about the most effective way to deliver this message. 3
  4. 4.  SHARE A PERSONSL STORY 4  Presentations can often be over- professional, impersonal affairs. But they don’t have to be.  Adding a storytelling element to your presentation can ensure that your delivery is both down-to-earth and professional at the same time, which will make your presentation a whole lot more engaging overall.  Think of any personal experiences of your own that are applicable to the content of your presentation.
  5. 5.  SHARE A PERSONSL STORY 5  Example: By opening with a relevant story of your own about a time when you successfully and diplomatically resolved a conflict outside of the workplace – at home, or wherever it may be – you’ll:  Demonstrate your competency in this area  Ease any tension that is characteristic to the situation  Capture your audience’s attention with an account that can only be delivered by you – making it unique and remarkable  Openly display your personality and values, enabling the employer to make a better informed selection decision – beneficial for everyone involved
  6. 6. USE MEDIA 6  Starting your presentation can be the most difficult bit.  You’re tongue-tied, stumbling over words and your heart is beating so fast.  Give yourself the opportunity to collect yourself by using some form of media early on in the presentation.  Begin your presentation with a quick introduction to who you are and what the presentation is about (use a title slide and a ‘What I’ll cover’ slide, for example) and then incorporate a media break.  Use video, music, an infographic – whatever, as long it’s suitable and on-topic, use any form of media that allows you to have a breather and recover from that all too familiar fear of public speaking.
  7. 7. USE MEDIA 7  Example: so here we are again – biting your lips and fumbling with your hands as you wait to open your presentation for the HR role.  Your presentation is on conflict management, a fairly sensitive topic, which you’ll want to get right. But don’t sweat it; simply introduce yourself and your specific presentation details/content, then bring in an attention- consuming piece of useful media.
  8. 8. YOU ARE BEING WATCHED 8  Feeling a little more confident?  Create a memorable moment by temporarily presenting without the aid of a prompt.  Open your presentation with conviction by using a blank slide as your second slide.
  9. 9. YOU CAN PROCEED.. 9  Once you’ve introduced yourself and the topic of your presentation, most people will expect a thoroughly professional delivery from there on in.  Surprise them; switch the attention to you, shatter expectations, disrupt conventional presentation practice and display clear confidence in your ability to speak independently.  Using such a brave tactic will help in stimulating and retaining interest in your presentation throughout, and perhaps keep you top of mind when the employer is making a selection decision.  It will also show your potential employer just how much you know about the topic at hand.  Example: Conflict solving requires someone with a calm temperament and an almost instinctive ability to thoroughly – and empathetically – understand the issues faced by people other than yourself.  Show that you’re able to remain calm under scrutiny with all eyes in the room on you and truly understand a topic without any form of prompt using this tactic.
  10. 10.  USE PROPS 10  Presentations can sometimes be a little boring to watch and listen to.  That’s no fault of your own; one person talking for a prolonged period of time is not a normal situation – how often does that actually happen in everyday life?  Engaging your audience during a presentation is a common problem that is widely discussed. I won’t go into it here as that’s not the core purpose of this post.
  11. 11.  BENEFITS OF USING PROPS 11  your conflict resolution presentation, you could bring in something that will create a talking point and engage your audience.  In this situation, we’ll go with a newspaper – you could start a debate about a widely discussed controversial topic, and use this quick exercise as an illustration of how you’re able to apply your conflict solving ability in any circumstance.
  12. 12.  BE CREATIVE 12  It’s natural to be concerned about freezing and making mistakes in the presentation that you’re preparing for.  If that were to occur, it’d be likely to happen at or near the beginning of your presentation when your emotions are at their highest.  To ease those nerves and open in a calm and confident manner, it might be advisable to use content that you know inside-out – that way, you’ll feel more secure in the first few minutes of your delivery.
  13. 13.  START YOUR PRESENTATION 13  Introduce yourself and the topic of your presentation, then start with something such as:  Simple conflict stats that are easy to memorise  An article or study that you really like and have read a few times  Cornerstone conflict management knowledge that’s embedded deep in your brain
  14. 14. INCLUDE AN ACTIVITY 14  A presentation is all about you.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be though.  By introducing an activity for your audience to get involved in, you can take the spotlight off you temporarily, and seize a rare opportunity to connect with your audience in a candid manner.  It’s pleasing just how much this strategy can reduce tension when starting your interview presentation. Once you’re able to start a dialogue with your audience, the unnatural situation becomes significantly more manageable.
  15. 15.  SHARE A PERSONAL STORY 15  All of the techniques I’ve outlined above could be applied to almost any interview situation in which a presentation is required – now it’s over to you to get creative with how you’re going to actually implement these ideas!
  16. 16. THANK YOU 16 UPCOMING.. NINE SENTENCE PATTERNS

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