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Professional Presentation Skills
7 Feb 2018


In my line of work we need presenters. They’re fiscally light, informative, and usually quite effective at teaching large numbers of people; dozens if not hundreds at a time, a reasonable skillset in a limited timeframe for these people to perform a number of tasks. Alternatively it’s good at informing a large group of people with vital intelligence that’s quick and easy to digest but sufficiently informative and detailed enough to justify sitting them down for an extended period of time to talk, discuss, and inform them about it.

The presenter – be they professional or otherwise – is performing a difficult balancing act; the job can be surmised as being a teacher and an entertainer simultaneously, while also working with a limited budget and a terribly small timeframe from which they have to do all their assigned tasks at once.

Professional presenters have to do this strange balancing act under much greater pressure than their more relaxed peers. They’re often called to present an even more diverse set of subjects and topics at once and usually find themselves having to work with time constraints that are even stricter than usual. The only saving grace they have is a degree of specialisation; since most professional presenters have a field of expertise that they usually stick to; like certain presenters are hired on to present something related to just biology, or just woodcarving; there are a myriad of topics they could choose to cover from that point onward but they’re restricted to those specific fields.

Of course this isn’t always the case with professional presenters; some of them are presenters first and foremost and usually just read what they need to present and master it to the point where they can please their client, then do the presentation with the materials and audience of their specification.

Either job is not easy since specialisation takes time, flexibility takes talent, and being able to present all of these while maintaining a ludicrous balance borders on an absurdist play live.

As to why anyone would want to subject themselves to this difficult balancing job and process however is simple; it pays relatively well and severs a very important role in the various industries that utilise it. Paying for someone’s service to present something to increase  their employee’s awareness on a subject matter or give them key competencies in order to increase their proficiency at their profession is probably going to cost a mere fraction of what it would cost them to train them from the ground up. That and time is money so the less time their learners have to spend not knowing how to do something or operate and function, the more profitable the experience is.

There are loads of options to become a presenter available from seminars to tips in the internet that allow you to pick up necessary competencies you need to become a presenter. If you want to serve this role on a professional level however, that’s going to take a bit more effort than that. You could find a school or seminar program that will teach you how to become a presenter if you want to, but these are expensive and more damningly have fixed schedules that you must abide by or you waste your initial investment which under no uncertain terms is a bad thing. The alternative meanwhile is the online education option, which I highly advocate for as this is option gives much more control of the consumption of content to the learner, going so far as allowing the learner to  pick and choose which topic to tackle and for how long.

The key competencies that need to be mastered are the following:

1.       Mastery of the subject matter – Of course as a presenter the learner must know the thing they’re presenting, and it’s often an immense challenge although it has some variation; if the presenter is already intimately familiar with the subject matter or the field of study that the subject matter belongs to, then this should be a relatively easy job to perform, on the other hand the presenter-presenter (as in the person who’s a presenter first and foremost) will need to quickly ascertain everything they need to know on a subject matter in a limited time and find a way to convey it properly.

2.       Conveyance – The skills of a presenter are important to address as well. How they carry themselves, how they interact with their audience, which teaching strategies to use, and how to adjust appropriately to their assigned audience.

3.       Presentation Material – Adaptability is the name of the game in this regard. A presenter is challenged with making a creative presentation with various materials to supplement their individual skills to convey a point, this usually has to be done with both a limited budget, and limited resources in mind; that’s both in terms of the tools they’ll have on hand as well as the facilities present at the location where they’ll be presenting.

4.       Versatility – beyond just their ability to adapt to the subject material, and the needs and demands of both their clients and the audience, they also need to be able to adapt to the on the fly changes that will most definitely be present in a presentation as its being conducted.

The benefits of professional training is a certificate or diploma that proves that you are indeed capable of serving as a presenter at such a level. The additional credentials increase you pay that your clientele will give you, and along with those benefits comes the additional benefit of having proper training on your ability to present. Most lecturers and teachers also have their own little secrets that they can share that’ll improve your skillset even further, and as a residual effect it has been observed that most people who do undertake these programs tend to become more confident in their abilities on and off the stage and become stronger people in general. Not a bad consequence for their actions personally speaking.

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