Leadership, Motivation

How to Structure the Beginning of your Presentation

18 Sep , 2014  

A well-structured presentation facilitates understanding of the audience as well as stimulates proper discussion in order to promote queries and clarifications that needs to be discussed. How do you properly structure the beginning part of your presentation for important elements to be achieved? We give the step-by-step action you need to undertake in writing the beginning part in its entirety.


Greeting the Audience The beginning is where you establish a relationship with the audience. This is a great opportunity to get their attention. This can be done by providing an enthusiastic atmosphere. How you initiate the presentation greatly determines how your audience will respond to you. Greet the audience. Upon the greeting, the speaker must then observe how the audience reacts. This will be the gauge to determine the level of attention the audience is giving you. If upon initiating, the audience seems to be unresponsive or lacks interest, involve them in a conversation, talk to them or you can ask them a question. Redirecting questions and statements grabs an audience attention because of the feeling of involvement.


Introducing One’s self In corporate and formal presentations, it is necessary to state your name, designation or position and your responsibility in the company. During this time, it is important to express an authoritative tone. Be authoritative without bragging and dominating. It is important to gain the respect and confidence of the audience. Expressing uncertainty and hesitation disappoints the audience and they may lose interest. In some presentations, speakers give an anecdote or a short saying to further grasp their attention.


Mention the Topics to be Discussed What are you going to talk about? Mention the highlights of your presentation. You may flash the outline of the presentation so that the audience can be briefed about the topic.


Set Limits and Expectations Emphasize the things that will not be covered and the possible conclusions that can be arrived at after the presentation. This will answer the curiosity of the audience and set their minds on possible questions they can raise later on.



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