Presentation Tips to spice up your next trip
The followingpresentation ideas should give you a new perspective on how you can handle you next presentation. These ideas are only to get your own thought generator started. Let those creative juices flow.
One of the best presentation ideas that I came across is to balance the amount of persuasion and information that I give out in a presentation. It all depends on what is the end goal you are after that presentation. Very rarely has someone gone with a goal of impressing the audience and come back satisfied.
It is just like web marketing. An amateur will spend days and days creating
the design and all the colorful logos for the site and minutes on what he
actually writes in those pages. While pro takes days to write and may be a few
hours to sprinkle it up so that it looks presentable.
The greatest impact of the presentation does not come from your pictures or
all the other equipment like plasma screen, laser pointer etc. It comes from
you, and the way you handle Your Subject.
For your presentation, Be presentable
A noodle hanging out of the corner of your mouth will sure attract attention
but will not place you well as an expert. Let’s admit it; we all have our own
stereotypes inside of our head. It will be a lot easier if we can make use of
these stereotypes than let them work against us, agreed? So knowing your
audience will let you know what their stereotype of a successful presenter is.
Then, Be that. It is called automatic anchoring. This presentation tip is also a
beauty tip ;-)
Mixing a well known story with your presentation is another great way
to create memory pegs in your audience minds. This presentation idea is not new.
Great orators have been doing it for centuries. Mostly unconscious of the fact
that they are using this technique. A well known story has its own twists and
turns and morals. If your idea fits in that smartly, nothing like that.
However grown up we are, we still remember our bed time stories. The
reason is not just because they were the first stories we heard. It was also
because our imagination was at its peak then, with no limitations. We were so
free to wonder and wander with our imagination. As long as the story does not
over take your main message and your presentation, it is one of the wonderful
tools to use in your presentation. Mark off this Idea as one of the most coveted
ones in you skill box.
Caution: Do not repeat the same story to the same audience more than once.
If you have a disturbance in the audience like phone ringing, do not
ignore it. Draw the attention of the whole audience to it. So you pace them
every minute. The key is to be “one step ahead of them” that’s the way to
capture and lead ones imagination. Once again this is one of the let used, but a
very presentation idea to bring up some more power to the presenter..
Roman orators known for their rhetoric, used to say it is very easy to
sway a big crowd than small one. Because more number people you have and more
they are in rapport with you, group dynamics will work well and the crowd
mentality can be guided easily why do I mention this? You will figure it out
Dealing with Interruptions in Presentation
If you have a disturbance like phone ringing, pace with laugh and line like “ for example when you hear a mobile ring, you remember the song or scene you have related to it which brigs back fond memories” or anything which you can contextually use at that point of time.
Or a simple look in the direction of the sound with a raised eyebrow is sufficient to make the owner feel uncomfortable and switch it off. If you bind that external and unexpected disturbance well with your story, you will have your audience in a deep trance very easily.
This page on presentation ideas you are reading now is a direct
results of my experiments on stage and most of them have worked quite well for
me. but when you choose to use them, the onus of responsibility lies on you.
What If the interruptions is caused to be your boss? Stop and smile. Don’t talk.
You have subtly drawn attention of your audience without ruffling any feathers.
So you are still in lead and control. See how this thing works?
If you have People walking in and out of the Presentation area, arrange the seating such that they don’t pass in front of the dais when they walk in or out. A back door can be marked for entry and exit
When you have action step - a specific outcome in your mind, literally connect your audience to your end goal by a series of steps. It might just be giving them brochures or setting up a follow up or take the order.
It is much better if you promote this idea in the middle of the presentation so they will know ahead of time what to do. If you leave this part to the concluding remarks, it will get lost and your concluding remark will also lose its posture. So promote in the middle and once and only once at the end. So people who forget as much as I do will know what to do next.
Scanning the Audience
Choose three to five friendly faces in the audience and maintain eye contact
with them through out the presentation. Pick people in such a way that in one
sweep through them and you can cover all sections of your audience while you
talk. It will show your presence and command. It will be much easier for your
audience to connect with you when you actually make eye contact.
This is particularly important when you are concluding a paragraph or a
section of the presentation. Look into eyes of the people you are talking to and
you will know if they have understood or not. It is a great feedback tool. Make
good use of this idea and your presentation will have10 fold impact. Now
obviously if you have a big number in the audience, you can do this only with a
Presentation is just a way of persuading
Hence the same rules apply. Use the following advice and experiment. Presentation skills cannot be mastered in a day, but once mastered your presentation skills can take you to places you never even dreamt of.
These presentation ideas are just to get you started. Device your own ideas
as you see fit. end of the day the take home advice is to get your audience
engaged during your presentation so they can remember your ideas and act on them
Only way to master it is to keep presenting your material, tweak it and measure the response.
Presentation ideas will bounce at you if you keep your eyes and ears open to
absorb the feedback from the audience. Feedback is a continuous phenomena, you
need to tweak yourself to match the tune of your audience.