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I attended the Effective Presentation Skills Workshop this month in Orlando and was truly satisfied. The content discussed was easy, straight-forward and could be applied to any role within an organization. s "A presentation is a conversation... and a conversation is a presentation." I was thrilled with our facilitator, Sandra Oliver. Sandra keeps the audience engaged! She's extremely smart and fun to interact with. Our group felt very comfortable with Sandra because she brought her true self to class and we embraced every moment. I look forward to learning more from Effective Presentations in 2020.

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Wonderful experience! I highly recommend Mike and his team at Effective Presentations. I learned a lot and am using it all. AND it was fun!

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I took a virtual workshop with Breelyn and couldn't recommend it enough. She was so charismatic, approachable, and knowledgeable. While I took this course with a group, she was able to tailor feedback to my specific growth areas as if it was a 1:1 session. Breelyn also didn't miss a beat by adapting the takeaways to a covid world. She helped me communicate with confidence, slow down my pace when addressing a group, and keep track of those 'ums' and 'likes.' Overall a great course for those looking to build an executive presence, plus Breelyn is a star!

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Breelyn was an amazing instructor. She was knowledgeable, charismatic and thoughtful about her work. I would highly recommend anyone who is looking for help with public speaking/executive presence/giving presentations to explore a class with her!

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I attended virtual training with Breelyn and she's a great instructor. I absolutely hate public speaking (and still do) but she made my class feel very comfortable during our training sessions and gave us the tools to get the job done. The training has also helped in my every day conversations with management at work because I'm reducing my dependance on filler words and paying attention to how i'm using my hands when I communicate. Don't expect to be an inactive participant in these sessions. The only way you'll get better is to practice.

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Truly life-changing, Mark walks his talk. Thank you!

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This is the best training I have participated in for my job to date! The hands-on learning environment really made the difference in what I retained and I immediately was able to put my new skills to use upon my return to work. I was comfortable speaking before I took the seminar, but now - I am confident! And that makes all the difference! Not only do I use these skills at work, but I was able to apply them to my personal life as well when teaching and speaking at my church. I highly recommend this course to anyone who would like to be more confident in their interactions with other people; whether it be one-on-one conversations, meetings of any size or full out presentations to an audience. There's something useful for all!

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I have been in the corporate world for over 15 years and have attended countless number of trainings by professional trainers. The two-days public speaking training I recently attended in Orange County was by far the most powerful and beneficial to me. They have this thing down to a science, some of the techniques they implement are powerful and effective. If you are looking to get over your fear of public speaking or just want to get much better at it this is a great course for you. You will never look at a presentation the same way when you are done with this seminar. I have already joined Toast Masters in my city so I can practice and cement everything that I learned, I just wish I would have done this a long time ago. Hadi A

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I loved the flexibility of the virtual training sessions. I travel for work and already loose precious family time. The virtual class was perfect for me! Matt was very positive and gave me tools/techniques to feel confident speaking. Also, working on the "intent" of the presentation not the "content" has been a great tip in creating power point presentations. I highly recommend Effective Presentations training!

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I recently attended their two-day public speaking / presentations workshop. Mike Fruciano is a phenomenal instructor, and the class as a whole was an incredibly good use of my time. They make it comfortable, practical, feasible to implement in daily life as a business owner, and I left with very tangible ways to continue to improve over time. Additionally, customer service is excellent. I would give this 12 out of 5 stars if I could.

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Powerful and Effective Presentation Skills: More in Demand Now Than Ever

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When we talk with our L&D colleagues from around the globe, we often hear that presentation skills training is one of the top opportunities they’re looking to provide their learners. And this holds true whether their learners are individual contributors, people managers, or senior leaders. This is not surprising.

Effective communications skills are a powerful career activator, and most of us are called upon to communicate in some type of formal presentation mode at some point along the way.

For instance, you might be asked to brief management on market research results, walk your team through a new process, lay out the new budget, or explain a new product to a client or prospect. Or you may want to build support for a new idea, bring a new employee into the fold, or even just present your achievements to your manager during your performance review.

And now, with so many employees working from home or in hybrid mode, and business travel in decline, there’s a growing need to find new ways to make effective presentations when the audience may be fully virtual or a combination of in person and remote attendees.

Whether you’re making a standup presentation to a large live audience, or a sit-down one-on-one, whether you’re delivering your presentation face to face or virtually, solid presentation skills matter.

Even the most seasoned and accomplished presenters may need to fine-tune or update their skills. Expectations have changed over the last decade or so. Yesterday’s PowerPoint which primarily relied on bulleted points, broken up by the occasional clip-art image, won’t cut it with today’s audience.

The digital revolution has revolutionized the way people want to receive information. People expect presentations that are more visually interesting. They expect to see data, metrics that support assertions. And now, with so many previously in-person meetings occurring virtually, there’s an entirely new level of technical preparedness required.

The leadership development tools and the individual learning opportunities you’re providing should include presentation skills training that covers both the evergreen fundamentals and the up-to-date capabilities that can make or break a presentation.

So, just what should be included in solid presentation skills training? Here’s what I think.

The fundamentals will always apply When it comes to making a powerful and effective presentation, the fundamentals will always apply. You need to understand your objective. Is it strictly to convey information, so that your audience’s knowledge is increased? Is it to persuade your audience to take some action? Is it to convince people to support your idea? Once you understand what your objective is, you need to define your central message. There may be a lot of things you want to share with your audience during your presentation, but find – and stick with – the core, the most important point you want them to walk away with. And make sure that your message is clear and compelling.

You also need to tailor your presentation to your audience. Who are they and what might they be expecting? Say you’re giving a product pitch to a client. A technical team may be interested in a lot of nitty-gritty product detail. The business side will no doubt be more interested in what returns they can expect on their investment.

Another consideration is the setting: is this a formal presentation to a large audience with questions reserved for the end, or a presentation in a smaller setting where there’s the possibility for conversation throughout? Is your presentation virtual or in-person? To be delivered individually or as a group? What time of the day will you be speaking? Will there be others speaking before you and might that impact how your message will be received?

Once these fundamentals are established, you’re in building mode. What are the specific points you want to share that will help you best meet your objective and get across your core message? Now figure out how to convey those points in the clearest, most straightforward, and succinct way. This doesn’t mean that your presentation has to be a series of clipped bullet points. No one wants to sit through a presentation in which the presenter reads through what’s on the slide. You can get your points across using stories, fact, diagrams, videos, props, and other types of media.

Visual design matters While you don’t want to clutter up your presentation with too many visual elements that don’t serve your objective and can be distracting, using a variety of visual formats to convey your core message will make your presentation more memorable than slides filled with text. A couple of tips: avoid images that are cliched and overdone. Be careful not to mix up too many different types of images. If you’re using photos, stick with photos. If you’re using drawn images, keep the style consistent. When data are presented, stay consistent with colors and fonts from one type of chart to the next. Keep things clear and simple, using data to support key points without overwhelming your audience with too much information. And don’t assume that your audience is composed of statisticians (unless, of course, it is).

When presenting qualitative data, brief videos provide a way to engage your audience and create emotional connection and impact. Word clouds are another way to get qualitative data across.

Practice makes perfect You’ve pulled together a perfect presentation. But it likely won’t be perfect unless it’s well delivered. So don’t forget to practice your presentation ahead of time. Pro tip: record yourself as you practice out loud. This will force you to think through what you’re going to say for each element of your presentation. And watching your recording will help you identify your mistakes—such as fidgeting, using too many fillers (such as “umm,” or “like”), or speaking too fast.

A key element of your preparation should involve anticipating any technical difficulties. If you’ve embedded videos, make sure they work. If you’re presenting virtually, make sure that the lighting is good, and that your speaker and camera are working. Whether presenting in person or virtually, get there early enough to work out any technical glitches before your presentation is scheduled to begin. Few things are a bigger audience turn-off than sitting there watching the presenter struggle with the delivery mechanisms!

Finally, be kind to yourself. Despite thorough preparation and practice, sometimes, things go wrong, and you need to recover in the moment, adapt, and carry on. It’s unlikely that you’ll have caused any lasting damage and the important thing is to learn from your experience, so your next presentation is stronger.

How are you providing presentation skills training for your learners?

Manika Gandhi is Senior Learning Design Manager at Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning. Email her at [email protected] .

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We’re all learning as we go. 

And that’s perfectly OK — that’s part of being human. On my own personal growth journey, I know I need to get better at public speaking and presenting. It’s one of those things that doesn’t necessarily come naturally to me. 

And I know there are plenty of people in my shoes. So when it comes to presenting in the workplace, it can be intimidating. But there’s one thing that can help people continue to get better at presentations: feedback . 

The following examples not only relate to presentations. They can also be helpful for public speaking and captivating your audience. 

You’re doing great 

  • You really have the natural ability to hand out presentation material in a very organized way! Good job!
  • Your presentations are often compelling and visually stunning. You really know how to effectively captivate the audience. Well done!
  • You often allow your colleagues to make presentations on your behalf. This is a great learning opportunity for them and they often thrive at the challenge.
  • Keeping presentations focused on key agenda items can be tough, but you’re really good at it. You effectively outline exactly what it is that you will be discussing and you make sure you keep to it. Well done!!
  • You created downloadable visual presentations and bound them for the client. Excellent way to portray the company! Well done!
  • Your content was relevant and your format was visually appealing and easy to follow and understand. Great job! You’re a real designer at heart!
  • You always remain consistent with the way you present and often your presentations have the same style and layout. This is great for continuity. Well done!
  • You always remain consistent with every presentation, whether it be one on ones, small group chats, with peers, direct reports, and the company bosses. You have no problem presenting in any one of these situations. Well done!
  • You are an effective presenter both to employees and to potential clients. When controversial topics come up, you deal with them in a timely manner and you make sure these topics are fully dealt with before moving on. Well done!
  • You effectively command attention and you have no problem managing groups during the presentation.


You should think of improving 

  • You’re a great presenter in certain situations, but you struggle to present in others. Try to be more consistent when presenting so that you get one single-minded message across. This will also help you broaden your presentation skills by being able to portray one single idea or message.
  • You tend to be a little shy when making presentations. You have the self-confidence in one-on-one conversations , so you definitely have the ability to make compelling presentations. Come on! You can do it!
  • During presentations, there seems to be quite a lack of focus . I know it can be difficult to stick to the subject matter, however you need to in order for people to understand what the presentation is about and what is trying to be achieved.
  • To engage with your audience and make them attentively listen to what you have to say, you need to be able to use your voice in an effective manner to achieve this. Try to focus on certain words that require extra attention and emphasis these words during your presentation.
  • Knowing your audience is critical to the success of any presentation. Learn to pick up on their body language and social cues to gauge your style and tone. Listen to what your audience has to say and adjust your presentation accordingly.


  • During presentations, it’s expected that there will be tough questions . Try to prepare at least a couple of days before the time so that you can handle these questions in an effective manner.
  • To be an effective presenter you need to be able to adjust to varying audiences and circumstances. Try learning about who will be in the room at the time of the presentation and adjust accordingly.
  • Remember not to take debate as a personal attack. You tend to lose your cool a little too often, which hinders the discussion and people feel alienated. You can disagree without conflict .
  • The only way you are going to get better at public speaking is by practicing, practicing, practicing. Learn your speech by heart, practice in the mirror, practice in front of the mirror. Eventually, you’ll become a natural and you won't be afraid of public speaking any longer.
  • Your presentations are beautiful and I have no doubt you have strong presentation software skills. However, your content tends to be a bit weak and often you lack the substance. Without important content, the presentation is empty.

Tips to improve 

  • Remember it’s always good to present about the things you are passionate about . When you speak to people about your passions they can sense it. The same goes for presentations. Identify what it is that excites you and somehow bring it into every presentation. it’ll make it easier to present and your audience will feel the energy you portray.
  • Sometimes it can be easier to plan with the end result in mind. Try visualizing what it is you are exactly expecting your audience to come away with and develop your presentation around that.
  • Simplicity is a beautiful thing. Try to keep your presentations as simple as possible. Make it visually appealing with the least amount of words possible. Try interactive pictures and videos to fully immerse your audience in the presentation.
  • It’s a fine balance between winging the presentation and memorizing the presentation. If you wing it too much it may come across as if you didn't prepare. If you memorize it, the presentation may come off a bit robotic. Try to find the sweet spot, if you can.
  • When presenting, try to present in a way that is cause for curiosity . Make people interested in what you have to say to really captivate them. Have a look at some TED talks to get some tips on how you can go about doing this.
  • Remember presentations should be about quality, not quantity. Presentations that are text-heavy and go on for longer than they should bore your audience and people are less likely to remember them.
  • Try to arrive at every staff meeting on time and always be well prepared. This will ensure that meetings will go smoothly in the future.
  • Remember to respect other people's time by always arriving on time or five minutes before the presentation.
  • Remember to ask the others in the meeting for their point of view if there are individuals during presentations.
  • If you notice presentations are deviating off-topic, try to steer it back to the important topic being discussed.

Presentation feedback can be intimidating. It’s likely the presenter has spent a good deal of time and energy on creating the presentation.

As an audience member, you can hone in on a few aspects of the presentation to help frame your feedback. If it's an oral presentation, you should consider also audience attention and visual aids.

It’s important to keep in mind three key aspects of the presentation when giving feedback. 



  • Were the key messages clear? 
  • Was the speaker clear and concise in their language?
  • Did the presenter clearly communicate the key objectives? 
  • Did the presenter give the audience clear takeaways? 
  • How well did the presenter’s voice carry in the presentation space? 


  • Was the presentation engaging? 
  • How well did the presenter capture their audience? 
  • Did the presenter engage employees in fun or innovative ways? 
  • How interactive was the presentation? 
  • How approachable did the presenter appear? 
  • Was the presentation accessible to all? 

Body language and presence 

  • How did the presenter carry themselves? 
  • Did the presenter make eye contact with the audience? 
  • How confident did the presenter appear based on nonverbal communication? 
  • Were there any nonverbal distractions to the presentation? (i.e. too many hand gestures, facial expressions, etc.)  

There are plenty of benefits of feedback . But giving effective feedback isn’t an easy task. Here are some tips for giving effective feedback. 

1. Prepare what you’d like to say 

I’m willing to bet we’ve all felt like we’ve put our foot in our mouth at one point or another. Knee-jerk, emotional reactions are rarely helpful. In fact, they can do quite the opposite of help. 

Make sure you prepare thoughtfully. Think through what feedback would be most impactful and helpful for the recipient. How will you word certain phrases? What’s most important to communicate? What feedback isn’t helpful to the recipient? 

You can always do practice runs with your coach. Your coach will serve as a guide and consultant. You can practice how you’ll give feedback and get feedback … on your feedback. Sounds like a big loop, but it can be immensely helpful. 

2. Be direct and clear (but lead with empathy) 

Have you ever received feedback from someone where you’re not quite sure what they’re trying to say? Me, too. 

I’ve been in roundabout conversations where I walk away even more confused than I was before. This is where clear, direct, and concise communication comes into play. 

Be clear and direct in your message. But still, lead with empathy and kindness . Feedback doesn’t need to be harsh or cruel. If it’s coming from a place of care, the recipient should feel that care from you. 

3. Create dialogue (and listen carefully) 

Feedback is never a one-way street. Without the opportunity for dialogue, you’re already shutting down and not listening to the other person. Make sure you’re creating space for dialogue and active listening . Invite questions — or, even better, feedback. You should make the person feel safe, secure, and trusted . You should also make sure the person feels heard and valued. 

Your point of view is just that: it's one perspective. Invite team members to share their perspectives, including positive feedback . 

You might also offer the recipient the opportunity for self-evaluation . By doing a self-evaluation, you can reflect on things like communication skills and confidence. They might come to some of the same important points you did — all on their own.

Now, let’s go practice that feedback 

We're all learners in life.

It's OK to not be perfect . In fact, we shouldn't be. We're perfectly imperfect human beings, constantly learning , evolving, and bettering ourselves. 

The same goes for tough things like presentations. You might be working on perfecting your students' presentation. Or you might want to get better at capturing your audience's attention. No matter what, feedback is critical to that learning journey . 

Even a good presentation has the opportunity for improvement . Don't forget the role a coach can play in your feedback journey.

Your coach will be able to provide a unique point of view to help you better communicate key points. Your coach can also help with things like performance reviews , presentation evaluations, and even how to communicate with others.

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Madeline is a writer, communicator, and storyteller who is passionate about using words to help drive positive change. She holds a bachelor's in English Creative Writing and Communication Studies and lives in Denver, Colorado. In her spare time, she's usually somewhere outside (preferably in the mountains) — and enjoys poetry and fiction.

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What Are Effective Presentation Skills (and How to Improve Them)

Presentation skills are essential for your personal and professional life. Learn about effective presentations and how to boost your presenting techniques.

[Featured Image]: The marketing manager, wearing a yellow top, is making a PowerPoint presentation.

At least seven out of 10 Americans agree that presentation skills are essential for a successful career [ 1 ]. Although it might be tempting to think that these are skills reserved for people interested in public speaking roles, they're critical in a diverse range of jobs. For example, you might need to brief your supervisor on research results.

Presentation skills are also essential in other scenarios, including working with a team and explaining your thought process, walking clients through project ideas and timelines, and highlighting your strengths and achievements to your manager during performance reviews.

Whatever the scenario, you have very little time to capture your audience’s attention and get your point across when presenting information—about three seconds, according to research [ 2 ]. Effective presentation skills help you get your point across and connect with the people you’re communicating with, which is why nearly every employer requires them.

Understanding what presentation skills are is only half the battle. Honing your presenting techniques is essential for mastering presentations of all kinds and in all settings.

What are presentation skills?

Presentation skills are the abilities and qualities necessary for creating and delivering a compelling presentation that effectively communicates information and ideas. They encompass what you say, how you structure it, and the materials you include to support what you say, such as slides, videos, or images.

You'll make presentations at various times in your life. Examples include:

Making speeches at a wedding, conference, or another event

Making a toast at a dinner or event

Explaining projects to a team 

Delivering results and findings to management teams

Teaching people specific methods or information

Proposing a vote at community group meetings

Pitching a new idea or business to potential partners or investors

Why are presentation skills important? 

Delivering effective presentations is critical in your professional and personal life. You’ll need to hone your presentation skills in various areas, such as when giving a speech, convincing your partner to make a substantial purchase, and talking to friends and family about an important situation.

No matter if you’re using them in a personal or professional setting, these are the skills that make it easier and more effective to convey your ideas, convince or persuade others, and experience success. A few of the benefits that often accompany improving your presentation skills include:

Enriched written and verbal communication skills

Enhanced confidence and self-image

Boosted critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities

Better motivational techniques

Increased leadership skills

Expanded time management, negotiation, and creativity

The better your presenting techniques, the more engaging your presentations will be. You could also have greater opportunities to make positive impacts in business and other areas of your life.

Effective presentation skills

Imagine yourself in the audience at a TED Talk or sitting with your coworkers at a big meeting held by your employer. What would you be looking for in how they deliver their message? What would make you feel engaged?

These are a few questions to ask yourself as you review this list of some of the most effective presentation skills.

Verbal communication

How you use language and deliver messages play essential roles in how your audience will receive your presentation. Speak clearly and confidently, projecting your voice enough to ensure everyone can hear. Think before you speak, pausing when necessary and tailoring the way you talk to resonate with your particular audience.

Body language

Body language combines various critical elements, including posture, gestures, eye contact, expressions, and position in front of the audience. Body language is one of the elements that can instantly transform a presentation that would otherwise be dull into one that's dynamic and interesting.

Voice projection

The ability to project your voice improves your presentation by allowing your audience to hear what you're saying. It also increases your confidence to help settle any lingering nerves while also making your message more engaging. To project your voice, stand comfortably with your shoulders back. Take deep breaths to power your speaking voice and ensure you enunciate every syllable you speak.

How you present yourself plays a role in your body language and ability to project your voice. It also sets the tone for the presentation. Avoid slouching or looking overly tense. Instead, remain open, upright, and adaptable while taking the formality of the occasion into account.


Incorporating storytelling into a presentation is an effective strategy used by many powerful public speakers. It has the power to bring your subject to life and pique the audience’s curiosity. Don’t be afraid to tell a personal story, slowly building up suspense or adding a dramatic moment. And, of course, be sure to end with a positive takeaway to drive your point home.

Active listening

Active listening is a valuable skill all on its own. When you understand and thoughtfully respond to what you hear—whether it's in a conversation or during a presentation—you’ll likely deepen your personal relationships and actively engage audiences during a presentation. As part of your presentation skill set, it helps catch and maintain the audience’s attention, helping them remain focused while minimizing passive response, ensuring the message is delivered correctly, and encouraging a call to action.

Stage presence

During a presentation, projecting confidence can help keep your audience engaged. Stage presence can help you connect with your audience and encourage them to want to watch you. To improve your presence, try amping up your normal demeanor by infusing it with a bit of enthusiasm. Project confidence and keep your information interesting.

Watch your audience as you’re presenting. If you’re holding their attention, it likely means you’re connecting well with them.


Monitoring your own emotions and reactions will allow you to react well in various situations. It helps you remain personable throughout your presentation and handle feedback well. Self-awareness can help soothe nervousness during presentations, allowing you to perform more effectively.

Writing skills

Writing is a form of presentation. Sharp writing skills can help you master your presentation’s outline to ensure you stay on message and remain clear about your objectives from the beginning until the end. It’s also helpful to have strong writing abilities for creating compelling slides and other visual aids.

Understanding an audience

When you understand your audience's needs and interests, you can design your presentation around them. In turn, you'll deliver maximum value to them and enhance your ability to make your message easy to understand.

Learn more about presentation skills from industry experts at SAP:

How to improve presentation skills

There’s an art to public speaking. Just like any other type of art, this is one that requires practice. Improving your presentation skills will help reduce miscommunications, enhance your time management capabilities, and boost your leadership skills. Here are some ways you can improve these skills:

Work on self-confidence.

When you’re confident, you naturally speak more clearly and with more authority. Taking the time to prepare your presentation with a strong opening and compelling visual aids can help you feel more confident. Other ways to improve your self-confidence include practicing positive self-talk, surrounding yourself with positive people, and avoiding comparing yourself (or your presentation) to others.

Develop strategies for overcoming fear.

Many people are nervous or fearful before giving a presentation. A bad memory of a past performance or insufficient self-confidence can contribute to fear and anxiety. Having a few go-to strategies like deep breathing, practicing your presentation, and grounding can help you transform that fear into extra energy to put into your stage presence.

Learn grounding techniques.

Grounding is any type of technique that helps you steer your focus away from distressing thoughts and keeps you connected with your present self. To ground yourself, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and imagine you’re a large, mature tree with roots extending deep into the earth—like the tree, you can become unshakable.

Learn how to use presentation tools.

Visual aids and other technical support can transform an otherwise good presentation into a wow-worthy one. A few popular presentation tools include:

Canva: Provides easy-to-design templates you can customize

Powtoon: Animation software that makes video creation fast and easy

PowerPoint: Microsoft's iconic program popular for dynamic marketing and sales presentations

Practice breathing techniques.

Breathing techniques can help quell anxiety, making it easier to shake off pre-presentation jitters and nerves. It also helps relax your muscles and get more oxygen to your brain.  For some pre-presentation calmness, you can take deep breaths, slowly inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth.

While presenting, breathe in through your mouth with the back of your tongue relaxed so your audience doesn't hear a gasping sound. Speak on your exhalation, maintaining a smooth voice.

Gain experience.

The more you practice, the better you’ll become. The more you doanything, the more comfortable you’ll feel engaging in that activity. Presentations are no different. Repeatedly practicing your own presentation also offers the opportunity to get feedback from other people and tweak your style and content as needed.

Tips to help you ace your presentation

Your presentation isn’t about you; it’s about the material you’re presenting. Sometimes, reminding yourself of this ahead of taking center stage can help take you out of your head, allowing you to connect effectively with your audience. The following are some of the many actions you can take on the day of your presentation.

Arrive early.

Since you may have a bit of presentation-related anxiety, it’s important to avoid adding travel stress. Give yourself an abundance of time to arrive at your destination, and take into account heavy traffic and other unforeseen events. By arriving early, you also give yourself time to meet with any on-site technicians, test your equipment, and connect with people ahead of the presentation.

Become familiar with the layout of the room.

Arriving early also gives you time to assess the room and figure out where you want to stand. Experiment with the acoustics to determine how loudly you need to project your voice, and test your equipment to make sure everything connects and appears properly with the available setup. This is an excellent opportunity to work out any last-minute concerns and move around to familiarize yourself with the setting for improved stage presence.

Listen to presenters ahead of you.

When you watch others present, you'll get a feel for the room's acoustics and lighting. You can also listen for any data that’s relevant to your presentation and revisit it during your presentation—this can make the presentation more interactive and engaging.

Use note cards.

Writing yourself a script could provide you with more comfort. To prevent sounding too robotic or disengaged, only include talking points in your note cards in case you get off track. Using note cards can help keep your presentation organized while sounding more authentic to your audience.

Learn to deliver clear and confident presentations with Dynamic Public Speaking from the University of Washington. Build confidence, develop new delivery techniques, and practice strategies for crafting compelling presentations for different purposes, occasions, and audiences.

Article sources

Forbes. “ New Survey: 70% Say Presentation Skills are Critical for Career Success , https://www.forbes.com/sites/carminegallo/2014/09/25/new-survey-70-percent-say-presentation-skills-critical-for-career-success/?sh=619f3ff78890.” Accessed December 7, 2022.

Beautiful.ai. “ 15 Presentation and Public Speaking Stats You Need to Know , https://www.beautiful.ai/blog/15-presentation-and-public-speaking-stats-you-need-to-know. Accessed December 7, 2022.

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How can you make a good presentation even more effective?

This page draws on published advice from expert presenters around the world, which will help to take your presentations from merely ‘good’ to ‘great’.

By bringing together advice from a wide range of people, the aim is to cover a whole range of areas.

Whether you are an experienced presenter, or just starting out, there should be ideas here to help you to improve.

1. Show your Passion and Connect with your Audience

It’s hard to be relaxed and be yourself when you’re nervous.

But time and again, the great presenters say that the most important thing is to connect with your audience, and the best way to do that is to let your passion for the subject shine through.

Be honest with the audience about what is important to you and why it matters.

Be enthusiastic and honest, and the audience will respond.

2. Focus on your Audience’s Needs

Your presentation needs to be built around what your audience is going to get out of the presentation.

As you prepare the presentation, you always need to bear in mind what the audience needs and wants to know, not what you can tell them.

While you’re giving the presentation, you also need to remain focused on your audience’s response, and react to that.

You need to make it easy for your audience to understand and respond.

3. Keep it Simple: Concentrate on your Core Message

When planning your presentation, you should always keep in mind the question:

What is the key message (or three key points) for my audience to take away?

You should be able to communicate that key message very briefly.

Some experts recommend a 30-second ‘elevator summary’, others that you can write it on the back of a business card, or say it in no more than 15 words.

Whichever rule you choose, the important thing is to keep your core message focused and brief.

And if what you are planning to say doesn’t contribute to that core message, don’t say it.

4. Smile and Make Eye Contact with your Audience

This sounds very easy, but a surprisingly large number of presenters fail to do it.

If you smile and make eye contact, you are building rapport , which helps the audience to connect with you and your subject. It also helps you to feel less nervous, because you are talking to individuals, not to a great mass of unknown people.

To help you with this, make sure that you don’t turn down all the lights so that only the slide screen is visible. Your audience needs to see you as well as your slides.

5. Start Strongly

The beginning of your presentation is crucial. You need to grab your audience’s attention and hold it.

They will give you a few minutes’ grace in which to entertain them, before they start to switch off if you’re dull. So don’t waste that on explaining who you are. Start by entertaining them.

Try a story (see tip 7 below), or an attention-grabbing (but useful) image on a slide.

6. Remember the 10-20-30 Rule for Slideshows

This is a tip from Guy Kawasaki of Apple. He suggests that slideshows should:

  • Contain no more than 10 slides;
  • Last no more than 20 minutes; and
  • Use a font size of no less than 30 point.

This last is particularly important as it stops you trying to put too much information on any one slide. This whole approach avoids the dreaded ‘Death by PowerPoint’.

As a general rule, slides should be the sideshow to you, the presenter. A good set of slides should be no use without the presenter, and they should definitely contain less, rather than more, information, expressed simply.

If you need to provide more information, create a bespoke handout and give it out after your presentation.

7. Tell Stories

Human beings are programmed to respond to stories.

Stories help us to pay attention, and also to remember things. If you can use stories in your presentation, your audience is more likely to engage and to remember your points afterwards. It is a good idea to start with a story, but there is a wider point too: you need your presentation to act like a story.

Think about what story you are trying to tell your audience, and create your presentation to tell it.

Finding The Story Behind Your Presentation

To effectively tell a story, focus on using at least one of the two most basic storytelling mechanics in your presentation:

Focusing On Characters – People have stories; things, data, and objects do not. So ask yourself “who” is directly involved in your topic that you can use as the focal point of your story.

For example, instead of talking about cars (your company’s products), you could focus on specific characters like:

  • The drivers the car is intended for – people looking for speed and adventure
  • The engineers who went out of their way to design the most cost-effective car imaginable

A Changing Dynamic – A story needs something to change along the way. So ask yourself “What is not as it should be?” and answer with what you are going to do about it (or what you did about it).

For example…

  • Did hazardous road conditions inspire you to build a rugged, all-terrain jeep that any family could afford?
  • Did a complicated and confusing food labelling system lead you to establish a colour-coded nutritional index so that anybody could easily understand it?

To see 15 more actionable storytelling tips, see Nuts & Bolts Speed Training’s post on Storytelling Tips .

8. Use your Voice Effectively

The spoken word is actually a pretty inefficient means of communication, because it uses only one of your audience’s five senses. That’s why presenters tend to use visual aids, too. But you can help to make the spoken word better by using your voice effectively.

Varying the speed at which you talk, and emphasising changes in pitch and tone all help to make your voice more interesting and hold your audience’s attention.

For more about this, see our page on Effective Speaking .

9. Use your Body Too

It has been estimated that more than three quarters of communication is non-verbal.

That means that as well as your tone of voice, your body language is crucial to getting your message across. Make sure that you are giving the right messages: body language to avoid includes crossed arms, hands held behind your back or in your pockets, and pacing the stage.

Make your gestures open and confident, and move naturally around the stage, and among the audience too, if possible.

10. Relax, Breathe and Enjoy

If you find presenting difficult, it can be hard to be calm and relaxed about doing it.

One option is to start by concentrating on your breathing. Slow it down, and make sure that you’re breathing fully. Make sure that you continue to pause for breath occasionally during your presentation too.

For more ideas, see our page on Coping with Presentation Nerves .

If you can bring yourself to relax, you will almost certainly present better. If you can actually start to enjoy yourself, your audience will respond to that, and engage better. Your presentations will improve exponentially, and so will your confidence. It’s well worth a try.

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How To Make a Good Presentation [A Complete Guide]

By Krystle Wong , Jul 20, 2023

How to make a good presentation

A top-notch presentation possesses the power to drive action. From winning stakeholders over and conveying a powerful message to securing funding — your secret weapon lies within the realm of creating an effective presentation .  

Being an excellent presenter isn’t confined to the boardroom. Whether you’re delivering a presentation at work, pursuing an academic career, involved in a non-profit organization or even a student, nailing the presentation game is a game-changer.

In this article, I’ll cover the top qualities of compelling presentations and walk you through a step-by-step guide on how to give a good presentation. Here’s a little tip to kick things off: for a headstart, check out Venngage’s collection of free presentation templates . They are fully customizable, and the best part is you don’t need professional design skills to make them shine!

These valuable presentation tips cater to individuals from diverse professional backgrounds, encompassing business professionals, sales and marketing teams, educators, trainers, students, researchers, non-profit organizations, public speakers and presenters. 

No matter your field or role, these tips for presenting will equip you with the skills to deliver effective presentations that leave a lasting impression on any audience.

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What are the 10 qualities of a good presentation?

Step-by-step guide on how to prepare an effective presentation, 9 effective techniques to deliver a memorable presentation, faqs on making a good presentation, how to create a presentation with venngage in 5 steps.

When it comes to giving an engaging presentation that leaves a lasting impression, it’s not just about the content — it’s also about how you deliver it. Wondering what makes a good presentation? Well, the best presentations I’ve seen consistently exhibit these 10 qualities:

1. Clear structure

No one likes to get lost in a maze of information. Organize your thoughts into a logical flow, complete with an introduction, main points and a solid conclusion. A structured presentation helps your audience follow along effortlessly, leaving them with a sense of satisfaction at the end.

Regardless of your presentation style , a quality presentation starts with a clear roadmap. Browse through Venngage’s template library and select a presentation template that aligns with your content and presentation goals. Here’s a good presentation example template with a logical layout that includes sections for the introduction, main points, supporting information and a conclusion: 

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2. Engaging opening

Hook your audience right from the start with an attention-grabbing statement, a fascinating question or maybe even a captivating anecdote. Set the stage for a killer presentation!

The opening moments of your presentation hold immense power – check out these 15 ways to start a presentation to set the stage and captivate your audience.

3. Relevant content

Make sure your content aligns with their interests and needs. Your audience is there for a reason, and that’s to get valuable insights. Avoid fluff and get straight to the point, your audience will be genuinely excited.

4. Effective visual aids

Picture this: a slide with walls of text and tiny charts, yawn! Visual aids should be just that—aiding your presentation. Opt for clear and visually appealing slides, engaging images and informative charts that add value and help reinforce your message.

With Venngage, visualizing data takes no effort at all. You can import data from CSV or Google Sheets seamlessly and create stunning charts, graphs and icon stories effortlessly to showcase your data in a captivating and impactful way.

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5. Clear and concise communication

Keep your language simple, and avoid jargon or complicated terms. Communicate your ideas clearly, so your audience can easily grasp and retain the information being conveyed. This can prevent confusion and enhance the overall effectiveness of the message. 

6. Engaging delivery

Spice up your presentation with a sprinkle of enthusiasm! Maintain eye contact, use expressive gestures and vary your tone of voice to keep your audience glued to the edge of their seats. A touch of charisma goes a long way!

7. Interaction and audience engagement

Turn your presentation into an interactive experience — encourage questions, foster discussions and maybe even throw in a fun activity. Engaged audiences are more likely to remember and embrace your message.

Transform your slides into an interactive presentation with Venngage’s dynamic features like pop-ups, clickable icons and animated elements. Engage your audience with interactive content that lets them explore and interact with your presentation for a truly immersive experience.

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8. Effective storytelling

Who doesn’t love a good story? Weaving relevant anecdotes, case studies or even a personal story into your presentation can captivate your audience and create a lasting impact. Stories build connections and make your message memorable.

A great presentation background is also essential as it sets the tone, creates visual interest and reinforces your message. Enhance the overall aesthetics of your presentation with these 15 presentation background examples and captivate your audience’s attention.

9. Well-timed pacing

Pace your presentation thoughtfully with well-designed presentation slides, neither rushing through nor dragging it out. Respect your audience’s time and ensure you cover all the essential points without losing their interest.

10. Strong conclusion

Last impressions linger! Summarize your main points and leave your audience with a clear takeaway. End your presentation with a bang , a call to action or an inspiring thought that resonates long after the conclusion.

In-person presentations aside, acing a virtual presentation is of paramount importance in today’s digital world. Check out this guide to learn how you can adapt your in-person presentations into virtual presentations . 

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Preparing an effective presentation starts with laying a strong foundation that goes beyond just creating slides and notes. One of the quickest and best ways to make a presentation would be with the help of a good presentation software . 

Otherwise, let me walk you to how to prepare for a presentation step by step and unlock the secrets of crafting a professional presentation that sets you apart.

1. Understand the audience and their needs

Before you dive into preparing your masterpiece, take a moment to get to know your target audience. Tailor your presentation to meet their needs and expectations , and you’ll have them hooked from the start!

2. Conduct thorough research on the topic

Time to hit the books (or the internet)! Don’t skimp on the research with your presentation materials — dive deep into the subject matter and gather valuable insights . The more you know, the more confident you’ll feel in delivering your presentation.

3. Organize the content with a clear structure

No one wants to stumble through a chaotic mess of information. Outline your presentation with a clear and logical flow. Start with a captivating introduction, follow up with main points that build on each other and wrap it up with a powerful conclusion that leaves a lasting impression.

Delivering an effective business presentation hinges on captivating your audience, and Venngage’s professionally designed business presentation templates are tailor-made for this purpose. With thoughtfully structured layouts, these templates enhance your message’s clarity and coherence, ensuring a memorable and engaging experience for your audience members.

Don’t want to build your presentation layout from scratch? pick from these 5 foolproof presentation layout ideas that won’t go wrong. 

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4. Develop visually appealing and supportive visual aids

Spice up your presentation with eye-catching visuals! Create slides that complement your message, not overshadow it. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words, but that doesn’t mean you need to overload your slides with text.

Well-chosen designs create a cohesive and professional look, capturing your audience’s attention and enhancing the overall effectiveness of your message. Here’s a list of carefully curated PowerPoint presentation templates and great background graphics that will significantly influence the visual appeal and engagement of your presentation.

5. Practice, practice and practice

Practice makes perfect — rehearse your presentation and arrive early to your presentation to help overcome stage fright. Familiarity with your material will boost your presentation skills and help you handle curveballs with ease.

6. Seek feedback and make necessary adjustments

Don’t be afraid to ask for help and seek feedback from friends and colleagues. Constructive criticism can help you identify blind spots and fine-tune your presentation to perfection.

With Venngage’s real-time collaboration feature , receiving feedback and editing your presentation is a seamless process. Group members can access and work on the presentation simultaneously and edit content side by side in real-time. Changes will be reflected immediately to the entire team, promoting seamless teamwork.

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7. Prepare for potential technical or logistical issues

Prepare for the unexpected by checking your equipment, internet connection and any other potential hiccups. If you’re worried that you’ll miss out on any important points, you could always have note cards prepared. Remember to remain focused and rehearse potential answers to anticipated questions.

8. Fine-tune and polish your presentation

As the big day approaches, give your presentation one last shine. Review your talking points, practice how to present a presentation and make any final tweaks. Deep breaths — you’re on the brink of delivering a successful presentation!

In competitive environments, persuasive presentations set individuals and organizations apart. To brush up on your presentation skills, read these guides on how to make a persuasive presentation and tips to presenting effectively . 

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Whether you’re an experienced presenter or a novice, the right techniques will let your presentation skills soar to new heights!

From public speaking hacks to interactive elements and storytelling prowess, these 9 effective presentation techniques will empower you to leave a lasting impression on your audience and make your presentations unforgettable.

1. Confidence and positive body language

Positive body language instantly captivates your audience, making them believe in your message as much as you do. Strengthen your stage presence and own that stage like it’s your second home! Stand tall, shoulders back and exude confidence. 

2. Eye contact with the audience

Break down that invisible barrier and connect with your audience through their eyes. Maintaining eye contact when giving a presentation builds trust and shows that you’re present and engaged with them.

3. Effective use of hand gestures and movement

A little movement goes a long way! Emphasize key points with purposeful gestures and don’t be afraid to walk around the stage. Your energy will be contagious!

4. Utilize storytelling techniques

Weave the magic of storytelling into your presentation. Share relatable anecdotes, inspiring success stories or even personal experiences that tug at the heartstrings of your audience. Adjust your pitch, pace and volume to match the emotions and intensity of the story. Varying your speaking voice adds depth and enhances your stage presence.

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5. Incorporate multimedia elements

Spice up your presentation with a dash of visual pizzazz! Use slides, images and video clips to add depth and clarity to your message. Just remember, less is more—don’t overwhelm them with information overload. 

Turn your presentations into an interactive party! Involve your audience with questions, polls or group activities. When they actively participate, they become invested in your presentation’s success. Bring your design to life with animated elements. Venngage allows you to apply animations to icons, images and text to create dynamic and engaging visual content.

6. Utilize humor strategically

Laughter is the best medicine—and a fantastic presentation enhancer! A well-placed joke or lighthearted moment can break the ice and create a warm atmosphere , making your audience more receptive to your message.

7. Practice active listening and respond to feedback

Be attentive to your audience’s reactions and feedback. If they have questions or concerns, address them with genuine interest and respect. Your responsiveness builds rapport and shows that you genuinely care about their experience.

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8. Apply the 10-20-30 rule

Apply the 10-20-30 presentation rule and keep it short, sweet and impactful! Stick to ten slides, deliver your presentation within 20 minutes and use a 30-point font to ensure clarity and focus. Less is more, and your audience will thank you for it!

9. Implement the 5-5-5 rule

Simplicity is key. Limit each slide to five bullet points, with only five words per bullet point and allow each slide to remain visible for about five seconds. This rule keeps your presentation concise and prevents information overload.

Simple presentations are more engaging because they are easier to follow. Summarize your presentations and keep them simple with Venngage’s gallery of simple presentation templates and ensure that your message is delivered effectively across your audience.

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1. How to start a presentation?

To kick off your presentation effectively, begin with an attention-grabbing statement or a powerful quote. Introduce yourself, establish credibility and clearly state the purpose and relevance of your presentation.

2. How to end a presentation?

For a strong conclusion, summarize your talking points and key takeaways. End with a compelling call to action or a thought-provoking question and remember to thank your audience and invite any final questions or interactions.

3. How to make a presentation interactive?

To make your presentation interactive, encourage questions and discussion throughout your talk. Utilize multimedia elements like videos or images and consider including polls, quizzes or group activities to actively involve your audience.

In need of inspiration for your next presentation? I’ve got your back! Pick from these 120+ presentation ideas, topics and examples to get started. 

Creating a stunning presentation with Venngage is a breeze with our user-friendly drag-and-drop editor and professionally designed templates for all your communication needs. 

Here’s how to make a presentation in just 5 simple steps with the help of Venngage:

Step 1: Sign up for Venngage for free using your email, Gmail or Facebook account or simply log in to access your account. 

Step 2: Pick a design from our selection of free presentation templates (they’re all created by our expert in-house designers).

Step 3: Make the template your own by customizing it to fit your content and branding. With Venngage’s intuitive drag-and-drop editor, you can easily modify text, change colors and adjust the layout to create a unique and eye-catching design.

Step 4: Elevate your presentation by incorporating captivating visuals. You can upload your images or choose from Venngage’s vast library of high-quality photos, icons and illustrations. 

Step 5: Upgrade to a premium or business account to export your presentation in PDF and print it for in-person presentations or share it digitally for free!

By following these five simple steps, you’ll have a professionally designed and visually engaging presentation ready in no time. With Venngage’s user-friendly platform, your presentation is sure to make a lasting impression. So, let your creativity flow and get ready to shine in your next presentation!

The Best and Worst of Presentations in 2020

The Best and Worst of Presentations in 2020

If there’s one thing that we know, it’s presentations. We’ve seen some really good ones, and some really bad ones, too. The beauty of the presentation industry is that it’s always evolving. What looked good in 2017 probably doesn’t look good now. As experts in the field, we always have our finger on the pulse of presentation design. Beautiful.ai allows even the worst designers to create professional looking presentations, so there’s really no excuse for a bad deck, but we still see them. 

As we wrap up the year, we’re looking back at the highs and lows in the world of presentations. A year in review of sorts just in case you missed any noteworthy presentations or cringeworthy slides in the last 12 months.

We’re bad news first kind of people, so here are the three worst presentations of 2020.

1) bad data visualization.

We don’t know who made this slide, or where it came from, but we do know that they could really use a Beautiful.ai flowchart . We can probably assume that this particular slide wasn’t created in 2020, however that’s not to say there aren’t slides like this created on a daily basis. Data can be a hard sell, so it’s important to know how and when to use charts and graphs to help people view your data in a more easily digestible format. 

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2) Information overload

Coronavirus is complicated enough, we don't need to add a busy slide to the mix to try to explain the pandemic. The world had to digest a lot of bad news this year. People were turning to media outlets, publishers, and presentations to find out all they could about Coronavirus and how it would affect the world as they knew it. When you’re trying to absorb the unknown, it’s important that the information is clear, concise, and easy to understand. That is not the case with this slide, which comes from what might be the worst presentation of 2020. Our photo grid slide template would be a great option here to share a mix of statistics, facts, and imagery in bite-size chunks. 

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3) The 2020 presidential debate

Political views aside, I think we can all agree that the first 2020 presidential debate was a total nightmare. Sure, there were no decks involved, but a bad bit of public speaking is just as bad as a cringeworthy physical presentation. It’s to be expected that debates will get heated, but this presidential debate was something else. The interruptions and personal attacks distracted from the core issues being discussed, and it painted a very clear picture of what not to do in a speech. 

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Now, for the good. Here are the three best presentations of the year.

1) startup pitch deck.

If you’ve been here a while, you know that Beautiful.ai has a free library of pre-built presentation templates to use at your disposal. Each deck is carefully curated by industry experts, and templated by our in-house presentation designer, so that there is something for every industry, every team, and everyone. Our startup pitch deck happens to be our top trending template of 2020, so it only felt right to include it in this list. 

2) The Peloton pitch deck

It’s undeniable that Peloton blew up in 2020. As fitness studios closed across the country, workout enthusiasts were forced to get creative with at-home gyms. Insert: Peloton. The 2018 Peloton pitch deck is one of the better presentations we’ve seen companies develop. The slides feature vivid photos, a common theme and informative infographics to help tell the company’s story. Still, we had to try our hand at giving it a Beautiful.ai makeover— and we think it turned out wheel-y well (see what we did there?). Learn more about the redesign here . 

3) Beautiful customer decks

We love seeing decks made by Beautiful.ai power users. This year we’ve had the opportunity to connect with customers who know and love the product, to learn more about how they’re using it for their businesses. The team at Bluetree Network is using Beautiful.ai to help solve the marketing bottleneck and create professional-grade presentations, and it was worthy of a share. The only thing better than a Beautiful.ai presentation is a Beautiful.ai presentation made by you!

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21 Ways To Improve Your Presentation Skills

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Published: April 07, 2023

You know the feeling of sitting through a boring presentation. A text distracts you. A noise outside pulls your gaze. Your dog begs for attention. By the time the presentation ends, you question why you needed to sit and listen in the first place.

Presentation Skills: A woman speaks before a crowd.

Effective presentation skills can stop you from boring an audience to oblivion. Delivering strong presentations can help you stand out as a leader, showcase your expertise, and build confidence.

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  • Presentation skills definition
  • Importance of presentation skills
  • How to improve presentation skills
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Presentation skills for executives

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Presentation Skills Definition

Presentation skills include anything you need to create and deliver clear, effective presentations to an audience. This includes creating a compelling set of slides , ensuring the information flows, and keeping your audience engaged.

Speakers with strong presentation skills can perform the following tasks:

  • Bring together different sources of information to form a compelling narrative
  • Hook audiences with a strong beginning and end
  • Ensure audiences engage with their content through questions or surveys
  • Understand what their audience wants and needs from their presentation

Importance of Presentation Skills

At some point in your career, you will present something. You might pitch a startup to a group of investors or show your research findings to your manager at work. Those in leading or executive roles often deliver presentations on a weekly or monthly basis.

Improving your presentation skills betters different aspects of your working life, including the following:

Communication: Improving your presentation skills can make you a better communicator with your co-workers and friends.

Confidence: 75% of people fear public speaking. By working on your presentation skills, you can gain confidence when speaking in front of a crowd.

Creativity: You learn to understand how to use imagery and examples to engage an audience.

Management: Presentations involve pulling together information to form a succinct summary, helping you build project and time management skills.

How To Improve Presentation Skills

1. create an outline.

Before designing slides and writing a script, outline your presentation. Start with your introduction, segue into key points you want to make, and finish with a conclusion.

2. Practice, Practice, Practice

Almost 8 in 10 professionals practice their presentations for at least an hour. So, practice your presentation in the mirror or to a close friend.

3. Start With a Hook

When presenting, grab your audience with a hook. Consider starting with a surprising statistic or a thoughtful question before diving into the core information.

4. Stay Focused on Your Topic

You might want to cover everything under the sun, but information overload can overwhelm your audience. Instead, stay focused on what you want to cover. Aim for key points and avoid including unnecessary details.

5. Remember To Introduce Yourself

At the beginning of the presentation, introduce yourself. Kill any tension in the room by mentioning your name, your role, and any other helpful details. You could even mention a fun fact about yourself, putting the audience at ease.

6. Work on Your Body Language

55% of people look to nonverbal communication when judging a presentation. Straighten your back, minimize unnecessary gestures, and keep your voice confident and calm. Remember to work on these aspects when practicing.

7. Memorize Structure, Not Words

You might feel better knowing exactly what you want to say. But skip the script and stick to memorizing the key points of your presentation. For example, consider picking three to four phrases or insights you want to mention for each part of your presentation rather than line-by-line memorization.

8. Learn Your Audience

Before crafting a killer outline and slide deck, research your audience. Find out what they likely already know, such as industry jargon, and where they might need additional information. Remember: You're presenting for them, not you.

9. Reframe Your Anxiety as Excitement

A study conducted by Harvard Business School demonstrates that reframing your anxiety as excitement can improve performance. For example, by saying simple phrases out loud, such as “I’m excited,” you then adopt an opportunity-oriented mentality.

10. Get Comfortable With the Setting

If you plan to present in person, explore the room. Find where you’re going to stand and deliver your presentation. Practice looking into the seats. By decreasing the number of unknowns, you can clear your head and focus on the job.

11. Get Familiar With Technology

Presenting online has unique challenges, such as microphone problems and background noise. Before a Zoom presentation, ensure your microphone works, clean up your background, test your slides, and consider any background noise.

12. Think Positively

Optimistic workers enjoy faster promotions and happier lives. By reminding yourself of the positives — for example, your manager found your last presentation impressive — you can shake off nerves and find joy in the process.

13. Tell a Story

To engage your audience, weave storytelling into your presentation — more than 5 in 10 people believe stories hold their focus during a presentation. Consider ways to connect different parts of your slides into a compelling narrative.

14. Prepare for Questions

At the end of your presentation, your audience will likely have questions. Brainstorm different questions and potential answers so you’re prepared.

15. Maintain Eye Contact

Eye contact signals honesty. When possible, maintain eye contact with your audience. For in-person presentations, pay attention to each audience member. For online ones, stare at your camera lens as you deliver.

16. Condense Your Presentation

After you finish the first draft of your outline, think about ways to condense it. Short and sweet often keeps people interested instead of checking their phones.

17. Use Videos

Keep your audience’s attention by incorporating video clips when relevant. For example, videos can help demonstrate examples or explain difficult concepts.

18. Engage With Your Audience

Almost 8 in 10 professionals view presentations as boring. Turn the tide by engaging with your audience. Encourage audience participation by asking questions or conducting a live survey.

19. Present Slowly and Pause Frequently

When you get nervous, you talk faster. To combat this, remember to slow yourself down when practicing. Place deep pauses throughout your presentation, especially when transitioning between slides, as it gives you time to breathe and your audience time to absorb.

20. Start and End With a Summary

A summary at the start of a presentation can pique your audience’s interest. One at the end brings everything together, highlighting key points your audience should take with them.

21. Ask for Feedback

You will never deliver the perfect presentation, so ask for feedback. Talk to your managers about where you could improve. Consider surveying your audience for an unbiased look into your presentation skills.

Effective Presentation Skills

Effective presentation skills include communicating clearly, presenting with structure, and engaging with the audience.

As an example, say a content manager is presenting a quarterly review to their team. They start off with a summary. Their introduction mentions an unprecedented 233% growth in organic traffic — numbers their team has not seen in years. Immediately, the presenter grabs their team’s attention. Now, everyone wants to know how they achieved that in one quarter.

Alternatively, think of an entrepreneur delivering their pitch to a group of investors. They start with a question: How many of you struggle to stay awake at work? They then segue into an exciting product designed to improve the sleep quality of working professionals. Their presentation includes videos demonstrating the science behind sleep and surprising statistics about the demand for their product.

Both examples demonstrate effective presentation skills. They incorporate strong attention grabbers, summaries, and attempts to engage the audience.

Think back to strong presentations you viewed as an audience member. Ask yourself: What made them so memorable, and how can I incorporate those elements into my presentations?

Presentation Skills for Executives

Presentations take up a significant portion of an executive’s workload. Executives regularly showcase key company initiatives, team changes, quarterly and annual reviews, and more. Improving your presentation skills as a leader can help with different parts of your job, such as:

Trust: Delivering great, effective presentations can build trust between you and your team.

Confidence: Most people dread presentations — so a strong presenter projects the confidence needed by a leader.

Emotional intelligence: A great presentation taps into the audience’s perspectives, helping executives improve their emotional intelligence .

Expertise: Presentations help executives display their subject-matter expertise, making employees safe in their hands.

Delegation: At times, executives might need to pull information from different sources for a presentation — improving their ability to delegate as managers.

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A quarter-century ago, Bill Gates became an international symbol of greed, arrogance and hubris for his no-holds-barred leadership of Microsoft.

Then, not long after the U.S. government sued the company for abusing its monopolistic powers, Gates underwent a transformation. He set aside his business ambitions and devoted his energies to giving away his vast fortune. He went from being a corporate villain to a world-saving philanthropist — or so the story goes.

In his new book, “The Bill Gates Problem,” the journalist Tim Schwab dismisses that makeover as a fanciful fable. The real Gates, according to Schwab, remains a power-hungry, narcissistic control freak, and the sprawling Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is little more than a vehicle for him to accumulate and deploy influence on a far greater scale than he could as a mere billionaire software mogul. It is profoundly undemocratic and entrenches inequality, Schwab argues.

Gates and his then-wife established their foundation around 2000 to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including public health, family planning, hunger and education. Armed with roughly $67 billion, the foundation is better equipped to attack disease and malnutrition than many governments.

But the foundation doesn’t simply dole out Gates’s money to worthy causes, according to Schwab. Gates exerts control. His “unyielding belief in himself, that he is both right and righteous in everything he does,” has led him to think that he and only he knows how best to tackle the world’s most complex problems. The foundation has thrown its considerable weight behind causes that some experts don’t like, such as techniques to increase agricultural yields, and that others view as low priorities, like trying to eradicate polio.

One of the book’s most compelling sections is about the foundation’s support for family planning. Gates’s preferred method of contraception is a hormone implant that gets inserted into women’s arms and prevents pregnancy for up to five years. The foundation struck a deal with drug companies to encourage them to sell tens of millions of these implants at steep discounts. With the market flooded, health clinics in countries like Malawi and Uganda began resorting to “hard-sell tactics” to push women to accept implants that they didn’t want. Schwab describes it as a form of eugenics-inspired coercion.

While Schwab allows that Gates has some good intentions and that the foundation has saved some lives, he documents how it tends to exaggerate or even concoct data about the impact of its work, including widely cited figures about just how many lives it has actually saved.

And Schwab catalogs missed opportunities to do more. For example, the foundation had agreements with drug and health care companies that entitled it to license for free whatever the companies produced with the foundation’s money. Why, Schwab asks, didn’t the foundation insist that some of these companies donate their vaccines and other products and equipment to poor countries?

These are reasonable questions, and Schwab makes a strong case, based on years of reporting, that under the direction of a humbler man the Gates Foundation would probably be a more effective force for good.

The problem is that Schwab is rarely content to let the facts speak for themselves. Page after page devolves into insinuation and screeds against capitalism. And Schwab’s palpable anger toward the “dead-eyed,” “bleating” Gates at times left me questioning the reliability of his narrative.

He alternately bashes the foundation for spending too much money and being too stingy. He bemoans its imperiousness with vaccine development, then complains that it didn’t do more to create vaccine-manufacturing facilities in poorer countries. He argues that the foundation’s billions would be better handled by democratically elected governments — and then criticizes the foundation for donating large sums to national and local governments.

In India, we learn about the foundation’s approach to combating H.I.V. and AIDS by, among other things, distributing condoms. Schwab paints this as destined to fail because it doesn’t change people’s underlying behavior or address the root causes of the crisis. But he grudgingly cites public health officials saying the foundation’s work saved lives. Schwab falls back on a squishier argument that the foundation might be “displacing the government.”

The same with the fight against malaria, a Gates Foundation priority. Schwab criticizes the foundation’s focus on vaccines as a “magic” solution and grumbles that “under the foundation’s leadership, progress against malaria has leveled off.” But he concedes that the foundation’s billions of dollars in donations have helped pay for mosquito nets that have been indispensable in the campaign against the disease.

I found Schwab’s casual smears of other journalists to be especially distasteful. He notes that the foundation has donated money to many nonprofit investigative news organizations. Then he suggests that journalists at those outlets have been carrying water for Gates. His evidence of this, when it exists at all, is scant. For example, he singles out a public radio show for shaming because it “does not appear ever to have sought to hold Bill Gates or the Gates Foundation accountable.” (More fairly, Schwab criticizes The New York Times for initially failing to disclose that a pair of contributors who had written favorably about the Gates Foundation ran an organization that was largely bankrolled by it. Also, disclosure: Two of my colleagues at The Times are working on their own books about Gates.)

Near the end of his book, Schwab notes that readers might wonder, “How should someone like Bill Gates spend his philanthropic dollars?” It’s true — I was wondering exactly that.

Schwab deflects. He argues that it is corrosive for any one person to possess such financial power. He suggests Congress could force the Gates Foundation “to act in a more charitable manner,” or perhaps outsiders could set up an independent oversight board, consisting of teachers, students, doctors and patients from poor countries, “to make sure that Bill Gates cannot single-handedly control how the foundation’s money is spent.”

These are interesting (if utopian) ideas. But Schwab’s inability to answer his own question about how Gates should spend his money left me unsatisfied. Billionaires exist. Absent viable alternatives, isn’t it better for the world if they give away their money rather than hoard it?

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Nicotinamide mononucleotide, or NMN, is a natural molecule with decades of promising research into its’ anti-aging benefits. As a result, NMN supplements are more popular than they’ve ever been.

NMN has been linked to various potential health benefits such as DNA repair, metabolic function, energy levels, and several anti-aging effects. Studies have found that NMN supplements may promote these benefits.

While all NMN supplements claim to be the best NMN supplement on the market, few can live up to their claims.

We tested the best NMN supplements to see which products are worth buying – and which products are better off avoided. Here are our rankings of the best NMN supplements currently available right now.

Ten Best NMN Supplements

Our dedicated research team tested, tasted, and rated the top NMN supplements currently available right now. After testing dozens of products and spending hundreds of hours of research, here is how our editorial team ranked the world’s best nicotinamide mononucleotide, or NMN supplements:

Genuine Purity Liposomal NMN+

Wonderfeel nmn, elysium nmn, life extension nad+ cell regenerator, cymbiotika nmn, alive by nature sublingual nmn, liftmode nmn, omre nmn + resveratrol, partiqlar nmn.

Genuine Purity Liposomal NMN+ is the best NMN supplement currently available right now. By taking two capsules of Liposomal NMN+ per day, you can purportedly promote cellular regeneration mitochondrial function, and DNA repair.

In fact, according to the manufacturer, their formula starts to work in as little as just two weeks, providing you with noticeable anti-aging benefits as soon as you start using it, regardless of your age. By using the product for a prolonged period of time, you can “start feeling decades younger now,” according to Genuine Purity.

Each serving of Liposomal NMN+ contains one single ingredient, 250mg of NMN. This is the same dose used in several clinical trials and proven to be effective. In addition, to enhance absorption, Genuine Purity blended NMN with a vegetable cellulose capsule and a phospholipid complex. This complex is a blend of fats that shield the active ingredient – NMN, from breaking down in your gut until they can properly be absorbed by your body.

Due to its’ enhanced bioavailability and ideal dosage, Genuine Purity Liposomal NMN+ is our top ranked NMN supplement available right now.

Wonderfeel NMN markets itself as “the greatest upgrade for the human OS.” By using it, you can elevate NAD levels using a patented type of NMN called Youngr NMN, helping to transform the way your body ages.

According to Wonderfeel, their product can support better focus and clarity, increase athletic performance, restore youthful vitality, and much more.

In every two capsule serving, Wonderful NMN contains 900mg of NMN, which is one of the strongest doses on our list. It’s a much higher dose of NMN that we see in clinical trials, and it suggests Wonderfeel NMN added extra to NMN to support stronger anti-aging effects throughout your body.

Unlike many other NMN supplements on our list, Wonderfeel was formulated by a renowned scientist named Dr. Andrew Salzman, a Harvard trained medical doctor. He holds over 50 patents and has over 30+ years of NAD research experience. In fact, he developed the original clinical stage PARP-1 inhibitor, which led to the world’s first solution for increasing NAD levels.

One bottle of Wonderfeel NMN will cost you $88 but given the dosage and strong medical support, Wonderfeel NMN is one of the best products on the market.

Tru Niagen is one of the most popular NMN supplements and it delivers 300mg of NMN in each capsule. Unlike other products on our list though, Tru Niagen is also available in stick packs.

According to the official website of Tru Niagen, this product can increase blood NAD levels by up to 51% in just two weeks to help support various anti-aging effects throughout the entire body. It’s also backed by two Nobel prize winners, 40+ patents, dozens of studies, and remains one of the premier names in the NMN industry.

One of the key differences between Tru Niagen and other NMN supplements is that it doesn’t contain any NMN. Instead, it contains nicotinamide riboside, or NR, which is a precursor to NMN and NAD.

Some of the main benefits of Tru Niagen include healthier aging as well as support for your cognition, muscles, immune system, stress management systems, and much more. If you’re looking for a high quality NMN supplement with plenty of medical backing, then Tru Niagen may be right for you.

If you’re looking for a premium brand of NMN supplements, then Elysium could be the right company for you. Elysium maintains institutional partnerships with the likes of Oxford and Yale, and their products have received NSF Certified for Sport certification. This means they have met some of the highest standards of purity and quality.

Elysium also invests in several clinical trials and their products have completed or are currently going through a total of 13 human clinical trials.

Elysium sells a variety of anti-aging formulas targeting specific health and wellness goals - ranging from healthy brain aging to better cellular energy. They sell five individual formulas named Basis, Signal, Matter, Format and Index.

Elysium Basis contains 125mg of nicotinamide riboside (NR) in each capsule. NR is a precursor to NMN and NAD and a few studies suggest it is actually more effective for NAD than traditional NMN supplements. In addition to NR, Elysium adds other activate ingredients such as pterostilbene to support its’ advertised claims.

NAD+ Cell Regenerator from Life Extension purportedly defends your body from cellular aging using nicotinamide riboside, similar to Elysium and Tru Niagen. Each serving contains 300mg of NR to enhance your production of NAD.

Life Extension also sells one of the most affordable NMN supplements on our rankings, as one bottle costs just $40.50 for a 30-day supply. By taking one capsule each day, you can purportedly enhance your levels of NAD, promote healthy energy production, better cellular metabolism, reduce feelings of fatigue, and much more.

Life Extension was created with a single goal of selling science-backed supplements without breaking the bank. In addition to its’ incredibly popular NAD+ Cell Regenerator, Life Extension also sells multivitamins, ashwagandha, digestive supplement products, plus much more.

Cymbiotika NMN is a top quality NMN supplement that blends NMN with trans resveratrol. The product claims to work by neutralizing the harmful effects of free radicals, by reducing oxidative stress, maintaining healthy DNA, slowing premature aging, and much more.

Like the other NMN supplements on our list, Cymbiotika NMN works as a NAD precursor to give your body all the building blocks it needs to create NAD.

Cymbiotika NMN is one of the only products on our list that included complementary ingredients to go along with NMN. Each two capsule serving added 200mg of apigenin, 200mg of green tea extract, 100mg of resveratrol, and 100mg of green coffee bean extract to go along with 400mg of NMN. These complementary supplements can amplify the anti-aging effects of NMN, potentially improving your skin health, cognition, and much more.

Overall, Cymbiotika is one of the best known names in the supplement space and its’ NMN product is one of the best available on the market nowadays.

Alive By Nature sells a unique NMN supplement that comes in the form of a sublingual powder. To use the product, simply place the powder underneath your tongue and let it absorb the powder for 30 seconds before swallowing the rest.

Today, Alive By Nature sells one of the only sublingual NMN supplements on the market. The main advantage to this is that it’s a bioavailable powder designed to maximize absorption. Instead of waiting for your body to break down a capsule or to absorb the ingredients, you can absorb it immediately. Each serving of the powder contains 125mg of NMN but you can take more for a higher dose.

However, the one thing that caused Alive By Nature to drop is the controversy surrounding the product. In 2020, the FDA issued a warning to the company after the company advertised their product as a potential remedy for COVID-19. NMN has never been tested for this and therefore these claims are dubious at best.

Despite the controversy, Alive by Nature Sublingual NMN is one of the most bioavailable, purest NMN products on the market and therefore worth considering.

Liftmode is a popular and highly rated NMN supplement that comes in the form of a powder, similar to Alive by Nature’s product above.

It is priced at just $26.68 for 5g of powder, making it one of the best-value options on our top rankings list. Plus, you get a strong dose of NMN, the precursor to NMN, to support anti-aging benefits.

Liftmode aimed to differentiate itself from competitors because it uses micro-batch production and vacuum-sealed, iced shipped containers. Plus, they make sure to verify their products’ purity and potency by an independent third party lab.

Liftmode currently sells their products in 5g, 10g, or 1,000g packages. If you want to purchase NMN in bulk form, you can’t go wrong with Liftmode.

Omre sells a pure cellular NAD+ booster with ultra-pure NMN, as well as resveratrol at research-backed doses. Like the other best NMN supplements, Omre uses 98% pure NMN and resveratrol for maximum efficiency.

Each two capsule serving of Omre contains 500mg of NMN and resveratrol, as well as a small dose of BioPerine™. BioPerine is a patented extract from black pepper extract that enhances the bioavailability of other ingredients, including NMN.

Simply take two capsules of Omre every morning to unlock cellular energy, improve your cognition, and much more. One bottle of Omre NMN + Resveratrol will only cost $56.97, which competitively priced compared to most of the other products on our list. Given its’ ultra-purity, Omre NMN is well worth trying.

partiQlar NMN contains one of the strongest doses of NMN on our list with 500mg of 99% pure, stabilized NMN. This means not only is it one of the highest doses on our list, it’s also our purest NMN on our list.

According to partiQlar, their NMN supplement is specifically designed for DNA repair, better cognition, improved physical strength and endurance, and greater energy levels. Just one capsule a day of their pure NMN will maximize NAD+ levels throughout your body.

Not only is partiQlar NMN the purest NMN one our list, it’s also one of our best values. One bottle of capsules contains a two month supply, priced at only $71.99. Steep discounts are also given on multiple bottle orders and you can get a full year’s supply of partiQlar NMN for only $.71 per day.

Given its’ purity and excellent value. partiQlar NMN is an NMN supplement absolutely worth trying.

How We Ranked The Best NMN Supplements

Our editorial team has the sole goal of finding the truly elite NMN supplements available. This is why they considered a number of factors when evaluating all of the current NMN supplements.

Here are some of the most important factors we used to rank the contenders from the pretenders:

98% Pure NMN or Greater: The truly elite NMN supplements contain pure NMN at a concentration of 98% or better. This concentration has been shown to provide the most pronounced effects. Some lower quality products appear to contain the right dose of NMN. However, they use the wrong concentration, which means you’re less likely to see results. The best ranked NMN supplement on our list – Genuine Purity Liposomal NMN+, uses 98% NMN and they provide a certificate of analysis to prove how pure their product is.

Liposomes, Fatty Acids, & Other Ingredients: NMN has been thoroughly researched over the last fifty or so years, and well over twenty studies have verified it can have beneficial effects on the body. However, these studies have also found the body struggles to absorb NMN on its’ own, which is why the best NMN supplements wrap NMN in a liposome, a fatty acid layer, or a similar protective mechanism. This protects NMN from being broken down in your stomach and allows it to reach your gut. It’s essentially like a taxi that transports NMN exactly where it needs to go.

Minimum Dose of 250mg NMN: Most of the available clinical studies involving NMN have used a dose of around 250mg. This is why we preferred NMN supplements with a similar dose or greater dose. Studies have found this dose can provide anti-aging benefits and other beneficial effects on the body. At the bare minimum, we wanted supplements with this dose.

Complementary Ingredients: It should go without saying that we primarily judged NMN supplements based on the purity and dose of NMN. However, we also took into account any complementary ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, or plant extracts. These ingredients may complement the effects of NMN and amplify the benefits. Cymbiotika NMN, for example, included 400mg of NMN in each serving along with green tea extract, resveratrol, and other active ingredients.

Honest Advertised Benefits: NMN isn’t going to make you look 30 years younger overnight, nor is it going to help you lose 20lbs. without diet or exercise in a month. Some manufacturers make unscrupulous claims about what their products can do whereas others make realistic, honest claims. We wanted products that were open and honest about the potential health benefits of their formula.

Transparent Labeling: It’s essential you know exactly what you are putting in your body when consuming an NMN supplement. This is why it’s essential that any NMN supplement label is fully transparent about the dose and ingredients in their product. When manufacturers hide behind proprietary formulas, we begin to worry about the product.

Manufacturer Reputation & Track Record: Some NMN supplements are manufactured by companies with a proven track record of producing high quality supplements. Others are newer and lack a proven track record. Some companies have even received warning letters from the FDA, whereas others have a proven reputation for consistency and quality. We preferred manufacturers with a proven track record of producing high quality products.

Doctor Formulated or Recommended: Some of the top NMN supplements on our list were formulated or are backed by real medical doctors. For example, Wonderfeel was created by Dr. Andrew Salzman, a Harvard trained doctor with over thirty years in the medical space. Some of the other top products are recommended by doctors or a medical advisory board. The more medical backing behind a supplement, the more we can feel comfortable recommending it.

Delivery Method: It’s painless to take a capsule or two of NMN with a glass of water. It is probably a little harder to take a sublingual powder as it takes longer to hold the powder under your tongue to absorb its’ ingredients. Overall, most NMN supplements are easy to take, but we still considered products that maximized convenience for you.

Certificate of Analysis: Over the last decade, hundreds of companies have been exposed for containing a different dose than what it on their label. This is why the best NMN manufacturers have their product third party tested and provide consumers with a certificate of analysis. This guarantees you are not only consuming NMN, but the right dose too. For example, Genuine Purity has a certificate of analysis that proves it contains 250mg of NMN that is 98% pure.

Pricing & Competitiveness: NMN supplements are one of the fastest growing supplement ingredients in the industry. In fact, there more popular than ever before. Some shady manufacturers are taking advantage of this newfound popularity by doubling or tripling the price of their products. Whether you are spending $20 or $200 on an NMN supplement, you should get the best value for the price. This is why we considered overall value and pricing of NMN supplements.

Money Back Guarantee: While NMN has been extensively researched, supplements with NMN may still not work for a variety of reasons. This is why we preferred products that offered a money back guarantee. If you are unhappy with a product, you should be able to get a refund. This is why we preferred companies offer a 60 day money back guarantee or longer, giving you plenty of time to see if their product works for you.

How Does NMN Work?

NMN is what is known as a precursor to NAD+, meaning that the body converts NMN into NAD+. NAD+ is a molecule with proven anti-aging effects, and many people take NAD+ supplements to increase their longevity and to combat aging.

However, studies have found that taking NAD+ to reverse the effects of aging may not be all that effective. Instead, you are better off using a precursor to NAD+ like NMN or NR.

Most NAD+ in the body is derived from vitamin B3 – usually in the form of nicotinamide. While NMN may seem like a mysterious ingredient but in reality, it is just a form of vitamin B3 designed specifically to boost your NAD levels.

Here are the basics to how NMN works:

Nicotinamide mononucleotide, or NMN, is a precursor to nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD+. NAD+ is a popular anti-aging molecule backed by several dozen studies.

Studies have found NAD+ has the potential to increase longevity, as well as reverse many of the physical and cognitive effects of aging. For example, in one study, NAD+ extended the lifespan of mice by 30%.

NAD+ is one of the most abundant molecules and is found in virtually every cell in our body. It is involved in over 400 biological functions and helps to keep every cell in our health alive and healthy.

Unfortunately for us, NAD+ levels decline as we age. By the time we reach our forties and fifties, our NAD+ levels have declined upwards of 50% compared to levels in our twenties and early thirties.

Now, you could take an NAD+ supplement to raise your NAD levels in your body. However, an increasing amount of research has found that NAD+ supplements don’t work that well because NAD is poorly absorbed in the body. Instead, you’re better off giving your body a precursor to NAD, such as NMN.

When you take NMN supplements, you’re giving your body key building blocks it needs to create NAD+ on its’ own, helping to elevate NAD levels. In addition, you can also boost your NAD+ levels by engaging in high intensity internal training or by intermittent fasting.

Main Health Benefits of NMN

People use NMN supplements for a variety of reasons. Many people simply want to look and feel younger. Others want to improve their metabolic function, lose weight, improve their cardiovascular health, or much more.

Here are a few of the main benefits of NMN, according to scientific research:

  • Increased longevity
  • Improved mitochondrial function
  • Faster DNA repair
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Greater energy levels
  • Stronger, healthier joints
  • Improved muscle strength
  • Better metabolic function
  • Improved cognition, including memory & focus
  • Healthier blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Improved immune function

Whether you’re interested in the mental or physical benefits of NMN, there are plenty of reasons to consider adding NMN to your daily regimen.

Why Don’t NMN Supplements Work For Everyone?

Although NMN has been extensive clinical research proving its’ potential benefits, NMN supplements have gotten a bad rep over the past few years.

Many people have taken NMN supplements only to be disappointed with their results. While it’s easy to blame NMN itself for the lack of results, it’s often really the supplement company.

There are many reasons why NMN supplements may not work, but here are the main reasons:

Reason #1 – Fake NMN Products: To put it bluntly, some NMN supplements are just fake. They may claim to contain NMN, but instead they contain a blend of B vitamins or herbs to dupe you into thinking the product is working. While you may think you’re taking an NMN supplement that’s legit, you may be taking nothing but a simple multivitamin.

Reason #2 - Poor Absorption: The human body struggles to absorb NMN on its’ own. Therefore if you take NMN on its’ own in a powdered form, your stomach acid will break down most of it before it can be absorbed. This is why most of the top ranked products on our rankings avoid this problem by using fatty molecules or liposomes to shield the active ingredient. Instead, the active ingredients pass through the stomach into the gut to be absorbed.

Reason #3 – Improper Dosages: NMN supplements have been shown to be effective when a dosage of 100mg to 250mg of NMN per day is used. However, some supplements use a smaller dosage, sometimes 50mg or less. This renders products less effective, or completely ineffective.

Reason #4 – Poor Purity: While some NMN supplements contain the right dose of NMN, they have a lower purity, limiting the effectiveness of the product. The best NMN supplements contain NMN with a purity of 98% or better. This purity of NMN has been shown to support various anti-aging benefits. It’s also the same purity used in clinical trials and studies.

These four reasons are why many individuals have been disappointed by NMN. However, it’s not the fault of NMN – it’s the fault of the manufacturer.

Ny choosing any of the products on our list, you can feel safe knowing you are buying a high quality NMN supplement with the right dose and purity.

NMN Clinical Studies – What Science Says About NMN Supplements

While NMN supplement companies may make a number of wild claims about NMN and what it can do, there is a growing number of clinical studies that have found real benefits to the molecule. Most studies have involved the potential anti-aging benefits of NMN while others have examined the cardiovascular benefits of NMN.

We’ll take a look at the clinical research surrounding NMN below:

NMN appears to significantly enhance cellular energy , helping to improve physical and cognitive energy levels. Each cell in the body uses energy via the mitochondria in the cell. NMN appears to stimulate the function of mitochondria in the cell, which may promote energy at the cellular level. In a 2016 study, researchers found that NMN relieved mitochondrial dysfunction associated with age, which is one reason many older adults feel tired, experience cognitive problems, and similar issues.

Recent research suggests NMN may protect the heart and limit the risk for heart disease. Given that heart disease is the number one killer worldwide, virtually everyone may find NMN beneficial. According to a 2016 study published in Cell Metabolism , NMN was shown to reverse vascular dysfunction and oxidative stress in aging mice. Inflammation from oxidative stress is associated with poor cardiovascular effect and poor blood flow. By enabling your body to defend against inflammation more efficiently, NMN is thought to promote cardiovascular health.

Since NMN enhances mitochondrial function, NMN supplements are known to improve physical energy & performance . In one 2017 study, scientists found NMN functioned as an effective NAD precursor to protect against physical damage and to boost overall physical endurance. In another study published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport , researchers found NMN improved physical endurance and stamina in old mice by up to 80%.

NMN supplements may be able to improve immune system function . When your immune system operates as it should, you can better fight disease and illness. According to a study from 2022, NMN supplements can trigger macrophages reprogramming, helping your immune system function more optimally. This effectively limited the body’s response to inflammation, which allows your body to more effectively fight off legitimate illnesses and infections.

The cognitive benefits of NMN are well known and it has been shown to help you feel younger and support brain health. One study published from 2014 found that NMN improves energy activity and the survival rate in cells with Parkinson’s disease. This suggests that it can help defend the body against degenerative brain conditions.

Another study from 2019 found that NMN could improve blood flow and enhanced overall cognition in a group of older mice. In this study, old mice and young mice both performed significantly better on cognitive tests after taking an NMN supplement compared to a placebo.

You may be able to use NMN supplements in order to support metabolic health and for weight loss. As we get older, our metabolism slows, often leading to weight gain. NMN supplementation has been shown to improve metabolic function, leading to a greater number of calories burned each day.

One 2016 study found NMN mitigated age-associated physiological decline (natural aging) in mice, helping to improve their metabolic regardless of age. A similar study found NMN helped to increase weight loss results over a 6-week period in a large group of obese female mice. The NMN group lost a significant amount of weight compared to virtually no change in the placebo group.

Some limited research suggests NMN may have beneficial effects on blood sugar control and insulin production. For example, one 2020 meta-analysis found NMN supplementation improved blood sugar control by enhancing insulin secretion and insulin action.

NMN has strong anti-inflammatory effects on the entire body. High levels of inflammation are directly linked to an increased risk of disease and illness. In fact, many diseases are directly caused by inflammation. NMN has been shown to neutralize free radicals linked to inflammation as well as limit oxidative stress on the body.

MNM can also be used daily for general DNA repair. Although this may sound confusing or vague, DNA repair is constantly happening throughout your body and is required to maintain your health. Without insufficient levels of NAD, your body cannot repair itself as efficiently, leading to slow muscle recovery, wound healing, and much more.

Finally, studies have found people with low levels of NAD tend to have a weaker musculoskeletal structure than those with higher levels of NAD. This is why NMN supplements are thought to increase skeletal integrity, improve muscle mass, and lead to greater bone density.

In addition to the studies mentioned above, there have been several general studies on NMN, how it’s absorbed, and its overall effectiveness. In the 2020 meta-analysis mentioned above, it found NMN supplements are easily absorbed and converted to NAD within the body after consumption, which makes it a real precursor to NAD.

Similarly, the 2022 study mentioned above found NMN is very safe and has limited side effects, even when taken with high doses after a significant period of time.

NMN Supplements Banned in The United States

NMN Supplements have been around for decade and have become especially popular over the last decade. They’ve demonstrated the ability to provide real health benefits without much risk for adverse side effects.

However, some claim NMN supplements may be too powerful because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently banned the sale of beta-nicotinamide mononucleotide (B-NMN) supplements. It’s currently being investigated as a potential new drug, making it ineligible to be sold OTC as a dietary supplement.

Despite being safely sold as a supplement for years, the FDA still announced the ban in November 2022, causing most retailers to halt sales of NMN in the early months of 2023.

Prior to this ruling, the FDA has accepted NMN as a new dietary ingredient, or NDI. This allowed supplement companies to use and sell the ingredient until the FDA revoked the NDA.

The good news is that NMN supplement companies are pushing back against this ruling, claiming that NMN supplements are both safe and proven to support various aspects of physical and mental health. Today, you can still buy NMN supplements online and many companies see it as a “grey” area. However, NMN supplements are not actually eligible for supplement sales as of late 2023.

NMN Supplement FAQ

Our editorial team has gotten several questions about NMN, NMN supplements, and how they work. We’ll answer your most pressing questions below:

Q. What is NAD?

NAD is a molecule produced naturally by your body. It is found in virtually every cell and it plays a key role in energy, DNA repair, mitochondrial function, inflammation response, cellular signaling, and much more.

Q. Why is NAD Important?

As we age, our NAD levels start to drop significantly, leading to a number of unwanted health effects. Studies have shown NAD levels can drop as much as half by the age of 45 compared to the age of 25. It is thought low NAD levels may contribute to cognitive decline and physical aging.

Q. Why do people take NAD supplements?

NAD supplements are very well known for their anti-aging effects, and many older adults use NAD supplements in order to alleviate the physical and cognitive effects of aging. However, these products have become popular with those of all ages because of their effects on heart health, inflammation, physical recovery, and much more.

Q. What are NMN supplements?

NMN supplements contain NMN and act as a precursor to NAD. They contain a strong dose of nicotinamide mononucleotide, a building block of NAD for the body to use. Studies have found that NMN supplements can boost NAD quickly, giving your body the exact building blocks it needs to create NAD and to reap the various potential benefits.

Q. Are NMN supplements tolerated well?

Overall, NMN supplements are tolerated well and safe for most healthy adults to take. In a 2022 study, NMN supplements had zero adverse effects when given to adults in larger doses for 12 weeks. Other studies have found no link between NMN and any side effects. However, you should speak to your doctor before taking NMN if you’re taking a medication or have a serious medical condition.

Q. What’s the difference between NMN and NAD?

NAD is a molecule that your body naturally produces. You could take NAD by itself but it isn’t very bioavailable and not popular. Instead, people use NMN, a building block of NAD, that appears to be more effective at raising NAD levels.

Q. Are NMN and NR supplements the same?

It is true that both NMN and NR supplements are precursors to NAD but they contain different building blocks. NMN supplements contain nicotinamide mononucleotide whereas NR supplements contain nicotinamide riboside. Both of these ingredients have been shown to elevate NAD levels safely but they work in slightly different ways.

Q. What do NMN supplements do?

NMN supplements have been shown to have natural anti-aging effects throughout the body. For example, they appear to help with physical and cognitive aging, which may make you look and feel younger. Alternatively, they’ve been shown to enhance heart health, cognition, metabolism, and more.

Q. How much NMN should I take? What is the ideal dose?

Most clinical research surrounding NMN have used a dose of around 250mg per day. However, there have been studies that used a dose of as much as 1,000mg of NMN per day, which has still been shown to be safe and effective.

Q. When’s the best time to take an NMN supplement?

Many experts recommend you use NMN each morning before breakfast to maximize the bioavailability of NMN.

Q. How do I take NMN?

Most of the NMN supplements on our list come in the form of an easy to swallow capsule. Simply take the capsule or tablet every day to boost your NAD levels. Otherwise, you may need to mix a powder in a shake or use it sublingually.

Q. Are there any food sources of NAD?

Some foods contain a small amount of NAD. The best food sources of food include tuna, chicken, and turkey, as well as edamame.

Q. What’s the best way to increase NAD levels?

You can elevate your NAD levels by taking an NR or NMN supplement. In addition, studies have found a healthy diet and exercise routine can boost their NAD levels. In fact, active senior citizens can have the same levels of NAD as younger adults who are inactive, indicating exercise is especially important.

Q. Does HIIT affect NAD?

Several studies have found that rapid bursts of intense exercise, such as HIIT, can increase NAD levels.

Q. Who is Dr. David Sinclair?

Dr. David Sinclair is a Harvard University professor who is the father of NMN and NAD research. He has been a part of various clinical studies and groups investigating the potential anti-aging effects of NAD and NMN. He is particularly notable because recommends using NMN supplements – not NR supplements, to increase NAD levels.

Q. What’s the best NMN supplement right now?

Based on all of the ranking factors we used above, we found the best NMN supplement is Genuine Purity Liposomal NMN+, followed by Wonderfeel MNM and Tru Niagen.

Q. Why are NMN supplements so expensive?

NMN supplements are often more expensive because of the high manufacturing costs. It costs a significant amount of money to produce a product that contains 98% pure NMN. Plus, since NMN supplements have become so trendy, many companies feel they don’t need to reduce their prices.

Q. Can I still order NMN supplements legally?

The FDA banned the sale of NMN supplements last year because it is being studied as a pharmaceutical drug. While some retailers have pulled their NMN supplements, others still allow you to purchase their products online, acting in a grey area. All of the products on our list still allow you to purchase them online.

Final Recap About NMN Supplements

NMN supplements have never been more popular and only seemingly going to continue to become more popular. They’ve been clinically proven to raise NAD levels, helping your body best fight physical and cognitive aging.

Whether you’re an adult who wants to look and feel young again or a younger adult looking to enhance your overall performance, you can significantly benefit from using an NMN supplement.

To learn more about NMN supplements and how they work, or to find the best NMN supplements on the market , check out the full list of our top rated NMN supplements above.

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“Tonight, Kentucky made a choice, a choice not to move to the right or to the left but to move forward for every single family,” Beshear told a raucous crowd of supporters in Louisville.

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Beshear rode his stewardship over record economic growth and his handling of multiple disasters, from tornadoes and floods to the COVID-19 pandemic, to victory over Cameron, the state’s attorney general and a protege of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell . In what could be a preview of how Democrats campaign in 2024, Beshear hammered Cameron throughout the campaign for his support of the state’s sweeping abortion ban, which makes no exceptions for victims of rape or incest.

Cameron, who was seeking to become Kentucky’s first Black governor, called Beshear to congratulate his former law firm colleague on his victory.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Daniel Cameron concedes to supporters during an election night watch party in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

The outcome gives divided government another stamp of voter approval in Kentucky, as Republicans hold supermajorities in both chambers of the legislature and continue to dominate the state’s congressional delegation, including both U.S. Senate seats. Beshear has wrangled with GOP lawmakers over a series of policy issues during his tenure.

While Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman earned new four-year terms as a ticket, their win did nothing to change Kentucky’s identity as a solidly red state or prevent a Republican sweep of all other statewide constitutional offices on Tuesday’s ballot.

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Beshear, a church deacon, said he believes “all children are children of God.”

In declaring victory, the governor ripped into GOP groups he accused of running ads “full of hate and division.”

“And you know what? We beat ’em all at the same time,” Beshear said.

During the campaign, Beshear denounced Cameron’s support for the state’s existing near-total abortion ban as extremist, and the governor’s campaign ran a viral TV ad featuring a young woman, now in her early 20s, who revealed she was raped, and later became pregnant, by her stepfather when she was 12 years old but eventually miscarried. She took aim at Cameron in the ad, saying: “Anyone who believes there should be no exceptions for rape and incest could never understand what it’s like to stand in my shoes.”

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Kayla Long cited abortion rights as an important issue for her as she cast her ballot for Beshear in Shelbyville, between Louisville and Frankfort, on Tuesday.

“I think it’s a woman’s right to choose,” she said. “And I don’t think politicians should be involved in that choice at all.”


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