A great presentation will not only lead to more business opportunities but can also ensure whole teams understand the goals that they are working towards.
CIO UK looks at how you can give a great presentation.
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After graduating from London South Bank University having studied Multimedia Journalism, Chloe joined CIO UK as an online editor. She has a particular interest in digital strategy, UK startups and developing IT skills.
Sharing personal and professional experiences as a CIO will keep team members engaged during presentations. Telling stories and offering information on previous challenges will break the presentation up nicely, making sure team members are not bored and remind team members that CIOs can and have learned from past experiences.
Better engagement will capture the team’s imagination and should help them remember the data presented to them.
A creative presentation can break down information and increase its overall appeal.
The use of infographics, videos and animations are great ways to make a presentation come alive. Creative content can help lighten the mood and drive better engagement while also promoting a key message.
A CIO should trial run their content, making sure there are no technical glitches on the final presentation.
CIOs should keep away from information overload and IT or business jargon that people may not totally understand.
Keep slides to a minimum through bullet points and key words, as his should help to create better team engagement.
CIOs might want to try using a conversational tone, rather than just reading the text straight from the presentation slides.
Face to face presentations need to be confident and clear.
Positive body language such as making eye contact, posture and tone of voice will help demonstrate a CIO’s enthusiasm in their role and in what they’re presenting.
CIO’s should encourage debate during presentations.
Asking questions and sharing opinions will get them involved with the information presented and make them feel that their opinions are valued.
A CIO should research who they are presenting to.
Knowing your audience will inevitably lead to a better connection with whoever you're presenting to. This should also create a more efficient way of 'selling' your ideas to team members.