06 Mar 10 Important Tips for Award Presenters
Presenting or hosting a corporate awards ceremony can be a little nerve wracking, especially if you aren’t used to public speaking. There are however some sure-fire ways to ensure that you do everything you can to stay confident, calm and sounding your best. Follow these tips to help you make a lasting impression with your presentation/hosting skills:
One of the most important things to remember and practice is how to really enunciate your words. There’s nothing worse than the wrong person coming up on stage because they thought they heard their name called. Practice as much as you can beforehand.
Learn to Pronounce Difficult Surnames
Receiving an award is an important moment in any one’s life. They don’t want to remember it as the moment that the presenter got their name wrong so the entire crowd had a little giggle. Look at the names of those who are receiving awards and if you are unsure of how to pronounce any names, find out.
Making eye contact with the crowd is an important thing that every good speaker does. Talk to the crowd and don’t always focus on the same people if you can avoid it.
Slow It Down
If you tend to speak quickly, practice speaking slowly. You want people to be able to understand what you are saying.
Smiling is infectious. Once you smile, you should soon be faced with a sea of smiles reflecting back at you. The night will be as fun and happy as you make it. Set the tone for a good time.
While it’s good to be animated, try not to wriggle too much on the spot or use your hands too often.
When people get nervous this is the most important thing they forget to do. If you breathe deeply and slowly, you will be able to speak clearer and firmer and feel more relaxed while you present.
Prepare yourself for how it will feel. If possible, have a dress rehearsal run through and get a feeling of what it’s like to stand on the stage and speak out to the audience. Know how the night will run so nothing is a surprise.
Learn to Laugh at Yourself
If you make a mistake, fumble or trip on stage, who really cares? It’s not the end of the world unless you make it that. The reality is that the people in the audience will forget it about it a minute or so after you keep going. These things happen, don’t let it get to you if it does.
Directing the Recipients
If a photograph of you and the person receiving the award is going to be taken then you should ensure that their trophies are not in the way and that the photographer gets the shot they want. It will be up to you to gently guide the award winner on how to stand and where to face to have their photograph taken.
Being given the job to host or present an awards night is a great honour. I hope our list of tips has given you all the advice you need to ensure you’re able to keep your nerves in check and present with confidence and ease from start to finish.