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7 Tips for Giving Impact Presentations

2018-03-05 10:42:00 by Brad Elliott

Famously, many people have a big fear of giving presentations. So to help reduce fear there are several, simple ways you can take control of what you are saying to make your presentation effective. Having a plan is one thing – knowing what you want to say will of course help you. Here are seven other ways you can ensure your presentation is memorable.

  1. Have a strong opening.
    You only get one chance to make a first impression as the saying goes. The audience will be paying most attention at the beginning of your talk so it makes sense that you make your opening strong. Some ways to do this include – asking your audience a question, tell a story or give an interesting fact. Whatever you do, make it memorable, don’t just go through what your talk will be about.
  2. You are the most important visual aid.
    We have all been to presentations where the speaker just reads of each of his presentation slides in turn. This can often lead to unengaging, average presentations. Instead of relying on your PowerPoint and notes, make use of yourself – find ways to make sure that people’s eyes are on you.
  3. Know when to stop talking.
    Many presenters speak quickly when presenting – a fact made worse because they are nervous. The faster you speak, the less people will take on board. So slow down. The easiest way to do this is by taking control of when you don’t talk. A pause can add impact to what you do say when you are talking.
  4. Ask questions.
    People are unable to pay attention all the time for very long. Unless you are a really inspirational speaker, people’s minds will go on to other things if you are not careful. One way to avoid this is to ask the audience direct questions. If someone asks you a question, your mind automatically starts to think of an answer, thereby engaging your mind with speaker automatically.
  5. Be aware of what your body is doing.
    If most people’s eyes are on you, it’s important that you are aware of what your body is doing. For example if your eyes and head are looking down then you are not engaging with your audience. If you are constantly moving around, arms waving in the air, it can be distracting. However if you look straight at your audience, with open body language, you are more likely to be getting your message across.
  6. Back up what you say with facts and figures.
    Nothing gives your arguments more strength than providing data to support them. Back up your arguments with some key facts (not too many) and you are more likely to have your ideas accepted.
  7. Have a strong closing.
    Your closing remarks are your last chance to give your audience something to take home that will stay in their minds, so you’d better work on making it memorable. You can do this by appealing to the audience’s heart (a moving message); their minds (a wise end) or give a call to action.

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