Good presentation skills are crucial. We use them in our careers and our personal lives, and utilize these skills even when we might not realize it. Developing your onsite and online (webinar) presentation skills can have a positive impact on many different areas of your life and, for that reason; it’s beneficial to improve your presentation skills, even if public speaking isn’t a key part of your job role right now.
iFlipTips is a study and training app for iPad and iPhone that revolutionizes the way we deliver and absorb information. As well as being an invaluable tool for students of all subjects, iFlipTips can also help you when you’re teaching yourself new skills. The app avoids the traditional text-based learning style, and instead focuses on providing you with a variety of tools to help you create flashcards that increase your learning speed and help you retain and recall more information in less time.
The iFlipTips app is divided into two sections: iTips-Ideas cards and iFlipCards. Each card contains four different formats: text, image, audio, and video, so you can record and store information using different mediums. When studying and improving your presentation skills, you can use these different formats to learn new skills more efficiently.
If you’re working to improve your presentation skills, the best place to start is to evaluate where you are at the moment. iFlipTips helps you do this, as you can record yourself giving a staged or real presentation using the audio and video functions. Doing this can help you identify and improve aspects of your presentation, such as your body language and tone of voice.
The ability to record videos and audio clips means you can also capture snippets of public speakers and presenters you admire, and use the recordings to compare their style to your own practice sessions. Watching other successful public speakers, you can identify what you enjoy about their delivery, and attempt to reproduce that in your own presentations.
As you develop your skills, recording yourself can also help you prepare for live public speaking engagements. Thorough preparation helps you gain confidence in your ability to give an engaging and interesting presentation. Practice is the key to success, and using the iFlipTips video function, you can simulate what it feels like to have a live audience.
The text function can help you make key notes about presenting skills, for example that you should never start with an apology unless you’ve made an error, and that you should always credit the source of quotes you use. By saving these “notes” in ordered folders, you can easily refer back to them later to remind yourself of key messages and tips.
As well as helping you improve your presentation skills, you can also use iFlipTips to keep you on track during presentations. Use iTips-Ideas cards to outline the structure of your presentation, and record key quotes and facts you want to remember in the text box. If you want to, you can also share your notes with others via email, Facebook or Twitter directly through the app.
If you plan to include a question and answer session at the end of a presentation, the iFlipCards can help you prepare. Create a separate “question” card for each question you anticipate being asked, and then create an ideal response on the “answer” card. Avoid memory blanks and feelings of panic, and instead enjoy confidence in knowing that you’ve prepared as thoroughly as you can.