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What percent of your previous presentations have left an unforgettable impression to your audience? Probably less than 50%. These are practical steps you can take to give a 100% positive impression during your presentation.
Be Enthusiastic If you want to leave a positive impression on the audience, always believe in your presentation. Never make people feel that you are doubtful of the information that you are sharing with them. Always be enthusiastic. How? Use contrasting tones when you speak to create variation. A Study shows that a majority of people react to different tones of voice when speaking rather than the low-pitched monotone sounds of speakers.
Surprise the Audience Own the first 5 minutes of the presentation. This is a crucial point in which the audience makes a mental decision if they are going to continue listening to you or not. You can surprise them by stating something funny in relation to the topic or something totally off topic and then explain its surprising relevance, or you can show a familiar picture to the audience.
Travel This doesn’t mean that you need to run and hop around the stage to entertain the audience. This simply means that you need to move around the stage a little. You may move away from the podium and towards the audience. This creates a transition and promotes clear sight. You should be 100% viewable to the audience.
Interact with Your Visuals Use a laser pointer, if available, to provide ease in the presentation. This will allow you to move your body comfortably and to initiate meaningful signals to the audience.
The “B” Key This is the B key that you can access during your PowerPoint slideshow or Keynote presentation. The key will give out a blank page so that the attention of the audience will be redirected to you, the presenter, enabling them to focus more on the discussion.
Good Lighting Presenters are usually tempted to turn the lights off for the presentation to be more visual. However, this is not a good idea since this can induce sleep and puts more focus to the slide rather than you, the presenter. Make the audience understand that you are the voice in the presentation and not the visuals.