7 Touch Points to Transform Your Next Presentation into a Performance
If you are running a corporate workshop, doing a business presentation, or sharing an information with the audience, it is key for your presentation memorable; only then the audience will find value to your presentation. To be memorable, your presentation needs to bring the audience into a journey of experiences.
Here are 7 Touch-points that you might need to take note of so that you can create an experience for your audience in your presentation:
1) Pre-Presentation Ambience
Before the audience arrive, pre-set the room with good lighting and play suitable music to create a nice ambience. Think like a 5-star hotel lobby.
2) Start with simple and good ice-breakers
Warm the participants with a story or anecdotes. Human loves to listen to stories. Include simple activities that get the whole room to participate. Simple but good (not the ones that sabotages audience!). Let them loosen up.
3) Make Your Presentation Simple and Easy to Follow
You may have all the content, but not everything can be digested in one presentation sitting. Do the audience a favour. Prioritise your contents and present the most important ones first. Don't rattle.
4) Use gestures
When we speak to our close friends, we use gestures. It is only natural. Use the appropriate gestures when you present.
5) Maximise The Stage
If you have the luxury of a large presentaion space, use them to your advantage. Move across the room deliberately as your present. This creates unconscious engagement with the audience.
6) Use humour or play
Use humour where appropriate. This will get the audience to laugh and enjoy your presentation. Alternatively, plant activities that require the audience to play. This in itself could be a humour and triggers enjoyment.
7) Rehearse and obtain feedback
Some of my contacts shared with me that they can present well without rehearsals and practise. And I would respond with "You can definitely create a more wonderful presentation for your audience when you rehearse." When you rehearse (and get someone to observe and provide feedback), it gives you the opportunity to improve certain areas of your presentations. This is because, feedback is the breakfast of champions. The ultimate results: The audience benefits from your presentation; and you look good as a presenter.
Hope this tips help you as you prepare for your next presentation. Remember, don't make your next presentation just like any other presentation. Transform your presentation into a performance.
Towards your continued success,
Business Creativity & Speaking Strategist
Author of 3 books, including "The Stage Fright Antidote"
Founder, The Speaking Factory Pte Ltd
Hazriq Idrus is Asia's Trusted Business Creativity and Speaking Strategist. He founded The Speaking Factory Pte Ltd with a mission to empower corporate professionals maximise their potentials and performance at the workplace. Hazriq is also the author of The Stage Fright Antidote and co-authored three other books.
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