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In 9 Steps
Be passionate about your topic
If you are not passionate about your topic you cannot deliver a good presentation Passion is contagious. It will affect your audience positively. Do not ‘sell’ to your audience. ‘Help’ your audience.
Tell me a Story
Stories work best when we need to persuade people. Your audience will remember your stories for a long time. As per Aristotle we need three things to persuade; Logic, Credibility & Emotions. Most modern day presentations heavily lack the emotional element. Tell 3 types of stories. About yourself, about others and stories of brands/companies.
Have a Conversation
Present as if you are talking to your audience. Be natural. Seek feedback when you rehearse your presentation. The more you rehearse, the more natural you will feel while presenting. Focus on your verbal delivery. The speed of talking, the pitch, the volume and the pauses. Move around. Use hand gestures. Do not hold back.
Teach me something new
Make your information exciting. Take the risk. Our brain does not pay attention to boring things. If your audience remembers only on thing, what will it be? Come up with the core message in one sentence (preferably in a tweetable sentence). Being concise, will give you clarity of thought.
Deliver a Jaw-dropping moment
Plan one moment in your presentation which will remembered for a long time. Surprise people or make them afraid. Make them laugh or make them cry. Example: Bill Gates had once released mosquitos in the audience and sent a chill down their spine.
Make me laugh
Our brain loves novelty but it also loves humor. Humor lowers your audiences defenses. They become more receptive to your message. Find humor in your story/anecdotes and not in jokes. Stay relevant. Be true to yourself. Sources of humor: Story, anecdote, quote, video, analogy & photos.
Present in under 18 minutes
18 minutes is the ideal time to make a presentation. If you have to present for more time, add a break after every 10 minutes. As per research, human attention plummets after 10 minutes. Break can be a demo, an exercise or a video. The lesser you talk the better. Forcing yourself to talk less, brings clarity of thought and increases audience understanding & retention.
8 Multisensory Experience Deliver a Multisensory Experience
8 Multisensory Experience See, hear, touch, smell and taste. Try to engage as many senses of your audience as possible. Your presentation will become more impactful. Display information visually. Use pictures. Use very few words every slide. Have one theme per slide. Give concrete examples and stay away from abstractions. Are people feeling what you want them to? Have a blank slide so they give you 100% attention. Now draw them in. Connect with them.
9 Stay in your lane Stay in your lane
9 Stay in your lane Be authentic. Be who you are (on and off the stage). Be open and transparent. Speak from your heart and you will create magic.
1 2 3 4 5 Be passionate about your topic Tell me a story Have a conversation Teach me something new Deliver a Jaw-dropping moment
6 7 8 9 Make me laugh Present in under 18 minutes Deliver a multisensory experience Stay in your lane
These 9 lessons are from this book
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www.allaboutpresentations.com I have tried my best to summarize the lessons for you. It’s best that you read the book and learn first hand. Don’t give this book a miss. Vivek Singh Presentations Blogger & Consultant