Have you spotted this before? Are you even guilty of this yourself in your presentations?
The co-worker that does something else when they’re supposed to be listening to a presentation. (Shock revelation: it may not be just one – it’s surprisingly common!). Sending a text, checking emails, scrolling through social media, even falling asleep in a presentation? Come on admit it it’s tempting isn’t it, they can often be pretty snore-worthy. But how would you feel if this happened in one of yours? Horrified I’m sure.
The biggest challenge as presenters is often just being able to hold your audience’s attention effectively enough to deliver a message that can be remembered.
Top tips for memorable presentations
So how can you make sure the audience at your next presentation are eagerly poised and receptive to what you have to say? Here are 3 ways you can make your next one more memorable.
Keep your presentations short and sweet
No one likes to listen to long, boring speeches. Following this route will guarantee you’ll lose even the most staunchest listeners early in the game. Not only that, you’ll run the risk of diluting your core messages entirely and leaving very little to take away at the end. Go back to the planning stage and boil down your presentation into short punchy ‘bites’ with lots of impact and meaning. Keeping things simple and to the point is always a winning move. Avoid long boring monologues and power-points like the plague and you can’t go too far wrong.
Tell a story with your presentations
Have you ever watched a TED video? Well, need we say more? It’s human nature to love a story. People tune in when you start telling a story, because we automatically want to know what happens next. Structure your presentation around persuasive storytelling techniques (beginning, middle and end) and you’ll create a message that’s easy to digest, remember and retell. For more tips check out Nance Durante Structure Your Presentation Like a Story.
Practice your presentations. Then practice some more.
Testing out your presentation on yourself in front of a mirror, or a friendly audience, again and again is a tried and tested method. It’s one that really works. It’s part of every professional actor’s toolbox and it’s Stage 3 in our unique behaviour change process. You can’t avoid it. Practice makes perfect. Working on your tone of voice, your posture, where silences fall, which facial expressions to use, will make the difference between presentations that are just ‘meh’ and ones that alway engage, inspire and are memorable every single time.
Not many people are naturally great at public speaking and presentations, but most of us can dramatically improve with the right set of tools and techniques and lots of practice.
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We work with leading businesses to help their people understand and control the way they present themselves to the world, with maximum effect. Our modules are delivered using our unique 4-stage version of the actor’s behaviour change process to deliver instant observable results.
Our Present and Inspire performance area covers the following presentation skills modules:
- Engage any audience
- Sell a vision
- Read and adapt to any audience
- Create exceptional presentations
- Deal with difficult questions
- Speak with confidence to any size audience
- Present with gravitas and control
- Maximise presentation impact
- Present as a unified team
- Unlock creativity
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