How To Make Your Next Presentation Interesting
Some people are naturals when it comes to public speaking. They can immediately enthrall an audience with just a few opening phrases. But this does not come by magic. It takes effort and practice; and it something that anyone can learn.
Whether you are making a presentation before the board or introducing a hot new product, the worst thing you can do is bore your audience. Just about every other error or misstep can be overlooked. But boredom is unforgivable. If people in the audience are looking down at their smart phones instead of up at you, then you’ve probably lost them; and it will be very hard to get them back.
Inc. Magazine is running an article that offers advice on how to fine tune your presentation skills. I rather like what the article has to say on this topic. The first piece of advice is perhaps the best. You should avoid opening statements such as:
- I’m nervous
- Please forgive me
- I’m not very good in front of crowds
- I hate microphones
These expressions of insecurity are inane and counterproductive. Whenever I hear a speaker say them, or anything like them, I lose interest in anything further he has to say. People don’t care about your worries and anxieties. Get on with the show. Make the point that you’re there to make and your audience will reward you with their attention.
The other pieces of advice can be read here. They all have to do with polishing your style and conveying your passion. A lot of persons underestimate the importance of good communications skills. You may be offering a product or idea that may be able to help the people in in your audience. But no one will pay any attention unless you present yourself in a way that is clear and compelling.
About Christopher Reid Chris was born in Washington, D.C. and lives in Britain. He works as a blogger, essayist, and novelist. His first book, Tea with Maureen, has just been published.