Keeping your presentation interesting can be the key to getting your information across. But, just because the information is there, it doesn’t mean it will sink in. So, with that in mind, we’ve listed the top 5 tips for keeping your audience’s interest before, during and after your presentation.
In other words; speak up, speak well and speak with good diction. No-one is expecting (or particularly wanting) you to shout, but there is nothing worse than straining everybody’s ears with a mumble. Think big, don’t strain, and tailor your volume to a level appropriate for the room and the subject.
Uncomfortable body language breeds an uncomfortable audience. Equally, the more relaxed you are physically, the more relaxed your voice will be. A relaxed posture with feet a shoulder width apart is ideal, keep your back straight and your shoulders relaxed. A confident posture portrays assuredness and control, which will keep your presentees involved in what you are speaking about.
Standing stock still is boring, both for you and your audience. Movement both on your person and in physical space can help you emphasise parts of your speech. For example, leaning in or stepping forward to emphasise positive suggestions or stepping sideways to direct attention back to your point of focus can increase the impact of your speech. Stopping mid walk can also add unexpected emphasis to the end of a point or statement. And, remember, pauses are not your enemy – it’s a time to take a breath, smile, gather your thoughts and stifle that waffling.
Expand your software knowledge
Many audiences will have seen enough static slideshow presentations to last a lifetime and the boredom can be a big negating factor. As efficient as Powerpoint is, there are alternatives that can add spice to your presentation and allow you to do things a bit differently. Perhaps you needn’t change your platform entirely, but think a little about how you can present your information in a fresh innovative way.
True presentation is like anything else; practice makes perfect. The more times you perform (it’s definitely a performance) to a mirror, or a tolerant friend, the smoother it will go on the day. Think 5 to 1, five practices to one presentation should iron out any kinks brought up in the creation process.
And finally… Nerves are natural, standing up and doing anything in front of a group of people is butterfly inducing. Embrace the nerves as a part of preparation, take a deep breath and speak like you practiced!
Edited and produced by Stephen Moore – Marketing Director
Stephen Moore is the Global Marketing Director for meetingrooms.com and Search office Space. An active blogger and article writer, Steve has also appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 2 Drivetime, Sky News and France 24 amongst others talking about business, commercial property and marketing.
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