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10 Ways to Give a Kickass Business Presentation

10 Ways to Give a Kickass Business Presentation
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Business presentations don't have to all be the same, and being in the audience during one doesn't have to be sleep-inducing. It is possible to make every business presentation entertaining, informative and enjoyable for all parties involved.

Experts shared their best tips for creating and giving a killer presentation that will engage your audience and help you land the sale.

"A good business presentation … has one main point and everything is structured around that point. It doesn't rely heavily upon PowerPoint or slides filled with text, and it allows time for discussion and asking questions." – Eddie Rice, speechwriter at Custom Speech Writing

"No secret sauce, tech or gimmicks. What makes any presentation engaging and effective is to put the bottom line up front and then provide whatever backup data may be needed. I've seen many presentations where the story is dragged out and tension is built, as if the person was trying to make a movie. But … people are busy and need to deal with the issue and then move on." – Mark McMillion, principal at McMillion Leadership Associates LLC

"Focus more on what you will say and how you will say it rather than on having the coolest slides. Not everything you say should be on your slides. No more than three sentences per slide. Present your best data, or no data at all – but not all your data." – Michal Ann Strahilevitz, Ph.D., visiting scholar, Duke University

"The true meaning of the presentation is to engage with people and persuade them to your point of view, not just deliver chunks of information. Every presentation, no matter the subject, must be tailored specifically to the people you are talking to. If you tell an anecdote, don't simply repeat the same story wherever you are – not only will it become stale, you'll also fail to make a connection to the people you're addressing." – Stuart Ross, founder, High Growth

"What makes a good business presentation is practice, practice, practice! It's just like sports. You have to repeatedly practice your presentation to improve it." – Andrew J. Zurbuch, broker/owner at Integrated Financial Solutions Inc.

"Authenticity is engaging. Too many presentations are technically proficient but lack heart. If you are not genuine, there will be an unbridgeable gap between you and your listeners. Authenticity is the most important element of an effective communication in any context." – Brandt Johnson, principal at Syntaxis Inc.

"A high energy level (is) the most important step to take in presentations. This applies to any type of speaking, any size audience and any topic. If you seemed bored or tired, that vibe will translate to your audience." – Ken Boyd, co-founder & chief educator, AccountingEd.com

"Some ways to create great segues (include) Bridge Words, such as 'furthermore,' 'meanwhile,' 'however,' 'consequently' and 'finally;' Bridge Phrases, such as 'in addition to,' 'a similar example is,' 'do you remember when I said,' 'on the other hand' and 'in conjunction with;' (and) Bridge Actions, such as asking the audience questions, going point by point, using visual aid, pausing and physical movements." – Parker Geiger, CEO, CHUVA group

"Dynamic presenters use their hands, facial expressions, and eye (contact) to keep the audience engaged. If possible, use props and stage movement to keep the audience interested." – Matt Reischer, founder, Legal Advice

"Simple explanations coupled with simple graphics equal one amazing presentation. People think you need to jam a bunch of data in the slides, but it's a huge mistake. Pick specific points to talk about and create simple graphics to reinforce the point, not give the viewer extra information." – Gary Tuch, co-founder, Professor Egghead Science Academy

Additional reporting by Sara Angeles.

Jennifer Post

Jennifer Post graduated from Rowan University in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. Having worked in the food industry, print and online journalism, and marketing, she is now a freelance contributor for Business News Daily. When she's not working, you will find her exploring her current town of Cape May, NJ or binge watching Pretty Little Liars for the 700th time.