July 29, 2014

The Short Presentation – Tips & Tricks

Whether you are at a meeting, a conference or present results of an important project – short presentations are an omnipresent part of any professional life. Crucial for a successful performance is a good and sophisticated preparation. To help you preparing, the following article will provide with some suggestions.

Two Types of Short Presentations

Short presentations distinguish two different types: the impromptu speech, which is spontaneous and unplanned, and a regular short presentation, which usually includes some preparation time. Because the success of an impromptu speech is more a matter of experience than preparation, this article will focus on the preparation of a regular short presentation.

Some Things to Keep in Mind While Preparing

A short presentation is one thing in particular: short. To keep it as short as possible, you will have to shorten your content as much as possible and focus on one thesis that will be the center of your presentation. Build the rest of your presentation around this thesis. While composing a professional short presentation, keep in mind the following suggestions:

  • Keep in mind what kind of audience you will be presenting for. In case you are presenting in front of the personnel management of your company, your performance shall differ from a presentation that is held in front of your colleagues. Therefore, be sure what your main purpose is. Whether you are holding a professional presentation on certain subject matter, presenting yourself at an interview for a new job or you wish to introduce and sell a new product – your performance shall meet these individualized requirements and emphasize the message of your presentation adequately.


  • Another important factor is the location of your presentation. Find out about the setting. Is it a big or a small conference room and how are the acoustics? Will you be provided with electrical equipment and if so, what kind of equipment? Consider these aspects while preparing for your presentation. If you need further information on electrical equipment, click here . After all, you will also need to be prepared for the worst case scenario: what would you do in case the beamer does not work? Think of it and be ready to act on a contingency plan.


  • Avoid long introductions and be to the point. Begin with a precise, exciting and maybe even controversial opening that involves the audience.


  • Use symbolic and metaphoric language for your presentation and adapt features of story-telling. For more information on story-telling click here 


  • Practice your performance in front of friends and family. Use critical feedback to improve your presentation. Keep in mind that body language is a very important part of any performance. For tips and tricks on body language click here


If you acknowledge our suggestions, nothing shall be in your way to deliver a successful performance.

Good luck!

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