How to Ace Your Next UX Presentation

David Banks
Authored by David Banks
Posted Monday, June 13, 2022 - 10:41am

People often think that a successful UX Presentation is all about the content. While that's important, you can do a few other things to ensure your presentation goes well with your audience.

In this blog post, we’ll share some tips on how to ace your next UX presentation. We’ll cover everything from preparing for your presentation to delivering it effectively. So whether you’re a first-timer presenter or want to polish up your skills, read on for helpful advice!

Start by Introducing Yourself

The first part of a presentation is challenging. However, your self-confidence increases once you get the first sentence out of your mouth. So, start by introducing yourself. The idea is to grab your audience's attention and prepare yourself for the main presentation with the easy-to-remember self-intro.

Do not rush your name. Instead, gently tell your audience your name and organization or company. Tell them what your presentation is all about (that’s the problem you’re solving for them). This is important because this is why they’re listening to you in the first place.

Don’t forget to show proof that your solution works (do this by giving an instance). All in all, keep this intro short and sweet. Once you have delivered this introduction successfully, you will have the confidence to go on as you have taken the pressure off you.

However, if you fumble here, your nervousness will take the better of you, causing you to stumble over your words. The simple trick to avoid this is to understand your presentation and practice how to communicate your ideas effectively.

Outline Your Presentation Goals

When preparing your presentation, you need to prepare an outline of what you want to teach your audience. The outline is important because it lets you concentrate on your speech without going out of context. Secondly, it helps organise the message you want to pass.

So, how do you outline your goals? Ask yourself what you want your audience to learn by the end of your presentation. You can also check these user flow examples, which will help you effectively outline all the steps that will take place to accomplish the task. Furthermore, your goal should be to educate, inform, inspire, entertain and persuade your audience, so list all your important points and make sure it aligns with your goal.

Structure Your Talk Using a Logical Progression

You have to structure your information in a way your audience will understand: in a logical progression. The only way to do this is if you understand your topic thoroughly. With a good outline, this step is pretty easy because you’ll get to know the relevant information you need to pass across and those that are not worth talking about.

Use Visuals to Help Explain Your Points

In your presentation slides, you need to use images, diagrams, and other visuals to make your information easy to assimilate and help aid your audience's imagination. An interesting presentation doesn’t have to be full of text and look so serious. It makes your presentation dull, making your audience lose interest quickly and fast.

Images will help break up the text, making your post easy to read. Diagrams also help with difficult points. Charts and graphs will help present data in a visually appealing way. Videos and gifs are a great way to add visual interest and explain your information in a more engaging way.

Finally, infographics are another way to summarise your information in an easily-digestible format. Do not just choose any image, diagrams, etc., for your presentation. Choose only the image, diagrams, etc., that are relevant to your topic.

Be Prepared For Questions

Prepare yourself for questions after your presentation. Ask for questions. This is a great way to show that you’re fully confident and understand your topic well. While practicing, think of any question that might come up from each of your points. Ensure you understand what you're saying, and avoid jargon people won’t understand.

Do not rush through your answers and take time to explain them to your audience. Also, If you do not know the answer to a question, say so and offer to find out.

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