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Delivering a Successful Presentation at Work

By: Anna Martin - Updated: 14 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
Research Communication Message

To deliver a successful presentation to will need to define your objectives. Are you clear about the information you want to communicate to other people? Are you aware of the outcome you want to achieve?


Reinforcing the message you want to present, at work, can be done successfully by carefully preparing a presentation that varies in tone and style. Structuring the presentation around three or four key points will provide an informative demonstration of your knowledge and personality. If your aim is to inspire the attendees keep the information on a positive note; if you want to entertain, perhaps add some anecdotes. By being clear about the concept of your presentation you will be able to prepare and adapt for a successful outcome.

The presentation should aim to educate, entertain and explain your objective. All the points of your speech should be easily understood by the attendees, and encouraging your audience to respond will ensure your message is heard.

In The Know

Your main priority is to deliver information. The best way to do this is to use authoritative knowledge, so if you know your subject well and are well-prepared delivering this information will be much easier. There is no harm in researching your subject and in practicing your speech many times over.

Aim to summarise, the main points of information in your speech, whenever possible. Most people have a limited attention span and will not remember everything you say. Communicating clearly and succinctly will help attendees recall most of the information you give them.

If you are having to research material for your presentation make sure you allow sufficient time to do so. Keeping your primary objectives in mind, whilst researching, will help you remain focused on accessing the correct information. Good research can be time consuming but will make your presentation stand out.

The Write Stuff

When it comes to writing your speech be prepared to write it many times before you are completely satisfied. The words you write will seem different when spoken out loud so experiment with your prose and practice speaking loudly and clearly. You may want to record yourself reading out loud, or perhaps you can persuade a supportive friend to be your audience.

Imagine what the words will sound like to the ears of the attendees. Draft out your speech and streamline this as you practice your presentation. You want your speech to sound natural so aim to be informative, entertaining and to the point. Remember to pace your message – allow frequent pauses so your audience can absorb the information you have delivered – and to speak clearly and confidently.

It is also worth considering using notes throughout your presentation. You do not have to read directly from them, but preparing notes on cards will offer you a mind-refresher, should you forget any part of your speech. Utilise the note cards as cues or reminders. Listing key words or phrases is a helpful technique that can help your presentation’s success.


  • Research and gather as much information as you require.
  • Draft out your speech and then streamline it.
  • Practice your speech many times over.
  • Utilise note card reminders.

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