Your presentation’s opening is important but it’s also important to keep your audience engaged throughout the entire presentation. Being creative in your presentation technique is important especially in today’s age of distractions. The last thing you want to see when you’re in the middle of your key points is the key decision maker’s eye glaze over or worse go into their phone. Here are 7 tips and tricks you can use to maximize your presentation software’s capabilities and make your presentation interactive.
1. Utilize a video element
Appropriately placed videos can be a valuable asset to any presentation. It’s important to not let the material you choose to show detract from your message, but if it’s something that further conveys your point, it can be a nice break for your audience to watch/listen to someone else for a few minutes. The presentation software that you use can either make or break this because if your video isn’t loading or is buffering this can be a distraction as well. Be sure to test out the presentation beforehand preferably at the location where you will be giving it so that you can be certain that it works.
2. Avoid large chunks of text and bullet points
This is crucial design point. Nearly everyone who hates presentations mentions this as a main reason. If you have a large chunk of information to give that requires text then it’s better to use a handout. That way they can read it at their own leisure. Equally important: never read your slides to the audience. They can read. You’re there as a presenter to give additional information and the slides are there as a support not a substitute.
3. Tell stories
Stories are a way of connecting to your audience in a real and concrete way. Whether it is case studies or other types of stories that back up your main points, it is imperative to make your points stand out. In order to stay memorable and not be boring, storytelling is something that resonates with every audience.
4. Integrate images
People have trained their brains to remember images vs. text. Pictures are worth a thousand words and if you’re able to incorporate more pictures as individual slides versus constant text in your slides, your message will have more impact.
5. Use creative platforms
There are different tools appropriate for different purposes. While generally it may be appropriate to present on a typical large screen, sometimes there can be a place for presenting on other mediums such as tablets, iPads, iPhones, android etc. Your presentation software can either enable you or hinder you here. Some ONLY work on tablets while others only work on desktops. It’s optimal to keep your options open and utilize a tool that allows you to both.
6. Use appropriate graphs and charts
Graphs and charts are great for visualizing data. It’s much more poignant to see stats visualized in charts than to hear raw numbers (or worse see them in a large spreadsheet.) Some people understand large data sets well but seeing it visualized will drive the point home even further and be much more memorable.
7. Ask the audience questions (and allow them to ask you questions as well)
It’s great to open up with questions and then encourage interaction throughout the rest of the presentation. Depending on the size of the group it can make sense to have designated time frames for questions but particularly in business presentations it makes sense to let the decision maker ask all the questions they need whenever they think of them. This will help them understand you better and give you a better shot at closing the deal.
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