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Six Easy Ways to Make Your Presentation More Engaging

Whether you’re presenting to a big potential client or a group of post-lunch delegates, it’s important to captivate your audience.

To avoid people hitting the snooze button early, here are six ways to make your presentation more compelling:

•    Prepare well in advance -­ A winning, well-thought-out presentation can’t be cobbled together on the train beforehand. 

Presenting is a learned skill. The key to success is allowing plenty of time to create your presentation and then practice, practice, practice, even the jokes. 

This will boost your confidence and allow you to focus on your audience. Also keep presentations short and sweet - three main messages are ideal ­ and if you go over 30 minutes, expect people to start covertly reading their emails!

•    Fall in love with your topic -­ You may have been tasked with a brain-numbingly boring subject but if you find something interesting about it that you love, chances are your audience will enjoy it too. 

If you’re talking about technical subjects or need to relay lots of statistics, use extreme anecdotes or funny visuals. For example, if presenting on dedicated buildings insurance, photos of pitiful construction fails will hit home a point in a humorous way.                            

•    Interact with your audience -­ A one-way presentation is dull to give and dull to receive. Now and again check your audience is with you by asking questions or asking them to read out information. 

Rather than asking ‘any questions?’ at the end, encourage discussion by requesting a show of hands, such as, ‘who agreed with my point about…’ then follow up with ‘why was that exactly?’ 

•    Mix it up -­ Unless you want to invoke death by PowerPoint, move beyond slides containing just text and graphics by showing video clips ­ educational or funny. If you do use graphics make sure they are clear and colourful.  

•    Get Quizzical ­- To focus your audience’s attention, say you will be holding a quiz at the end on your presentation. Give out prizes relating to your subject or line of work.

•    Make it your own -­ The best way to make an impact is to make your presentation your own. Try to avoid being overly stiff and enter with a great ice-breaker, such as, a related joke (check it hits the spot by running it past others first), powerful quote or thought­provoking image. Stage fright is tricky but the quickest way to build rapport is to be you. 

Lane End Conference Centre has everything you need to deliver stand out presentations, including high-tech digital projectors, ultra-fast 100 Mbps broadband, bright and airy conference rooms, and even nerve-soothing fruity teas.       

If you would like more information on Lane End’s conference and training facilities, or would like to come and visit us, please contact us or call us on 01494 881171 for more information.

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