Audiences expect presentations to be fluid, natural and accompanied by well-designed slides. The goals of public speaking are to entertain, inform, inspire, and to urge the audience to take action.
Tips For Dazzling Your Audience
- Be Concise. Your presentation should have a defined beginning, middle, and end. If using PowerPoint it should reflect that progression. Make sure your slides are helping to enhance and keep your message clear, rather than detract from it.
- Keep It Real And Use Humor. Even in a serious presentation with likely consequences for your career and your business, don’t forget your sense of humor. Adding a bit of humor to your presentation will break-up the monotony, and demonstrate your own charisma all while making your point more relatable persuasive.
- Don’t Be Afraid Of Using Questions. Take a moment from delivering your message to ask questions from your audience will get them involved and give them an opportunity to discover things of value on their own. Asking questions will keep your audience from being passive, it will guide the audience and will secure interaction with them.
- Learn From Other Speakers. A great way to learn how to impress your audience is to take a moment to recognize qualities that you enjoy and are affected by with other speakers. Learn how their gestures, how they handle interruptions, and how they captured their audiences attention and then incorporate those things into your presentations.
- Stay Focused. You will also be less nervous if you dig down into the content of what you’re presenting rather than thinking about how nervous you are or how much you’d prefer not to be the center of attention. Pay attention to your senses, your breathing, your eye contact and use proper posture to stay centered.
- Don’t Be The Hero. You are most definitely not the hero, instead, be sure to make your audience is the hero. Do not make yourself out to be the hero, because it does not matter if you’re amazing. What is important is that the audience can use your knowledge, experience, strategy or product to save the day.
- Be Well Rested. Your cognitive abilities are greatly reduced when you don’t get enough sleep. It is very important to be energized and well-rested for a presentation as opposed to being exhausted from staying up the night over preparing. You’ll be more confident and less stressed the next morning when you have had a full night of sleep.
Your ability to deliver an effective presentation has a significant impact on your success. Whether you’re trying to convince investors to take a chance on you or selling a product to a potential client, you need to be ready to dazzle.
If you speak well in public, it can help you get a job or promotion, raise awareness for your team or organization, and educate others. The more you push yourself to speak in front of others, the better you’ll become, and the more confidence you’ll have.