Presentation skills can help in many situations – job interviews, making a sale, negotiating a contract or discussing concerns with coaches and teammates. Presentations are not just about speaking in front of large groups of people. Rather, knowing how to present yourself in any situation – at the negotiating table, discussing concerns with your coach, meeting with sponsors, etc. – can help you make positive impressions that help you stand out and build stronger professional relationships.
In all these situations basic presentation principles can be applied to convey information effectively and potentially influence the actions of others in your favour. Ultimately, you can find more success and generate more opportunities in your personal and professional endeavours as you improve your skills as a presenter.
Similar to any new skill, you will have to practice presentation techniques. Nerves and uncertainty are part of the process. With time, these skills can make a meaningful impact on developing opportunities off-the-court.
There are many tips and techniques to help make you a better presenter. To give an effective presentation, however, there are three elements that you need to keep in mind: have a presentation plan, know your audience, and engage your audience.