HR Management – 7 Sure-Fire Steps For Acing Your Next HR Management Presentation!

In HR management positions, giving presentations in your human resources area of expertise is one of the fastest ways to attract favorable attention from those who can help advance your HR management career.

Speaking gives you tremendous visibility and credibility by giving you an avenue to put your confidence, your mastery of a topic and your communications skills on display.

The more you speak, the more your reputation and credibility increases. If you present well, gradually you can become sought out for your opinions, perspectives and point of view.

However, delivering a good presentation can be a challenge. You can’t wing it. A good presentation requires planning, preparation and execution. Here are seven sure-fire steps you can take to ace your next presentation.

1. Determine the purpose and strategy of your HR management presentation, e.g., to inform, sell, or reinforce a current action or strategy. There’s a difference between selling a new sales incentive plan to your Sales VPs versus just providing a brief update on the current one.

2. Prepare for the presentation well in advance. Write an outline with a clear objective and supportive arguments. Don’t try to cover more material than you have time for. Remember the “rule of 3″ — most members of your audience won’t takeaway more than three key points from your presentation, no matter how good it is.

3. Perform an audience analysis. How would you characterize the audience in terms of their knowledge of the topic, organization positions, special interests, sex and age distribution, etc? Orient your presentation to the audience’s needs and concerns. Drop “nice to know” or other information not salient to your presentation.

4. Consider whether the use of audio visuals (e.g., flipcharts, Power Point slides, handouts) will provide clarity to your HR management presentation. If you use slides, make sure they’re uncluttered and can be read no matter where someone sits in the room.

5. Anticipate reactions and /or questions about your HR management presentation, and prepare responses accordingly. It helps to write these out in advance and practice your answers.

6. Rehearse your presentation. Conduct a few rehearsals in private, using a tape recorder to assess your style and content. If possible, conduct a few dress rehearsals for a colleague using your visual aids. Obtain feedback as to the structure, clarity, and effectiveness of your delivery.

7. When rehearsing, don’t read or memorize material – speak conversationally as if you’ve speaking individually to each person in the audience.

By following these seven steps you’ve set the stage for acing your next HR management presentation.

Comments are closed.