Junior lawyer’s skillset: 5 tips for presenting with style

Junior lawyer’s skillset: 5 tips for presenting with style

 

For many professionals, it takes years to master the art of delivering effective presentations. A common misconception held by young professionals who are just starting their careers, is that people who stand up and present authoritatively in front of a large group of people are brimming with confidence.

Many people aren’t naturally confident. In fact, most of the senior leaders and perceptively ‘confident’ people you will come across in your career, will have worked on their skills and learned to be confident over time.

Next time the opportunity arises to deliver a team presentation, instead of running for the nearest fire exit or pretending you haven’t seen the email – don’t worry, we do it too – try and take the chance, and don’t fear it. Practice makes perfect. The more presentations you can deliver in your career, the more natural it will seem.

Established professionals have also had the benefit of picking up a few tips and tricks along the way, which make the world of difference.

We’re here to give you a head start on that inside track. Following on from our article, Junior lawyer’s skillset: Effective communication, which provided insights on effective business communication, next in our junior lawyer series are our tips to become the office’s presentation guru.   

 

1.  Know your audience

 

I’m sure many of you have heard this popular phrase – it is tip number one as it is probably the most important. Before you begin preparing, think about who you are going to be presenting to, what their goals are and why they should take what you’re saying on board. The more you understand how to appeal to your audience and choose angles for your presentation that will resonate with them, the more you are likely to be praised for an effective presentation.  

The art of presenting is all about connecting with the audience. Plan with the audience in mind:

-        consider who the audience is, i.e.:

-        is there a mixed level of knowledge?

-        is it a multinational group?

-        establish your objectives and future actions

-        anticipate reactions, questions and objections

-        assess what information you need

-        are there questions you can ask beforehand regarding their needs and requirements?

Aim to spend a large portion of your time focusing time on how to get your message across, so it hits home, and your presentation will automatically become more interesting.

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