The message you are presenting should resonate with your audience. Whether you are presenting a new feature to your team, giving a status update at an all-hands meeting, or even presenting your findings to your clients and investors, you want your audience to form a positive memory. Below are 5 tips to give your presentation the greatest lasting impact.


1 . Have a Strong Stage Presence

Public speaking hacks for product managers: Have a strong stage presence

To be seen as a thought leader, your audience needs to see you walk the walk while talking the talk. To have the greatest impact, the presenter must be the main focus of the presentation. Professional speakers rarely, if ever, sit down. Standing & walking around gives you energy and keeps the audience engaged, try to avoid podiums as they lock you in one place.


2. Have a Good Posture

Believe it or not, good posture can make the difference between the audience thinking “WOW this is a really good talk” or “{nudge} dude wake up you’re snoring.”  If you look like you’re not into the material, chances are your audience won’t be either. Typical good posture for public speaking is feet comfortable, knees a little flexed, and be a bit relaxed.


3. Vary the Tone Of Your Voice

Public speaking hacks for product managers: Vary the tone of your voice.

When you convince your friends to come to your favorite bar, you rarely ever say it in a monotonous voice. Humans use vocal inflections to convey excitement and that should show in your presentation. Great public speakers or even standup comedians have vocal ranges that are all over the place. Not only are audiences not falling asleep but they are on the edge of their seats wanting more. There are various different angles you can play with here, when you are passionate about something, increase the tone of your voice. If you are giving results from research that shocks you, play with the silence a little bit, of course practice makes perfect.


4. Spread Your Eye Contact Across The Room

Eye contact helps to tell much more of the story and this is why public speakers use this tactic, not with everybody in the room but definitely with a few select people. Lock eyes with one member of the audience until you get some sort of acknowledgement then move on.


5. Test Your Equipment

Public speaking hacks for product managers: Test your equipment

The worst thing you can ever do to sabotage your own presentation is technical difficulties. Think back to when you were at school.  Nothing was more fun than when a teacher’s projector was broken so that you can pass notes in class or throw a wad of paper at your friends. Of course you won’t be expecting your audience to act like a high schoolers (or maybe you might) but either case, avoid the awkwardness by coming early, testing the equipment and if possible, convert your presentation to PDF and AVOID USING THE INTERNET! (There is no guarantee it will always be there)