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5 Tips for Delivering Presentations with Impact

18 MAR 2014

Giving presentations to audiences, large or small, can be a daunting and anxiety-ridden task. You’re going to be in front of a group of people. Some you may know, some may be total strangers. You’re on stage, all eyes are on you. The audience has high expectations, or else they wouldn’t be there. Every word, every nuance, your appearance, the tone of your voice, not to mention the content of your presentation, will be scrutinized. Presentations take many forms. Some are very formal with highly detailed information. Some are informal, making them more fun to attend but more difficult to control the cross-talk. The outcome you want is that when the audience leaves, they will remember the information and be impressed with the overall presentation. For more information on this, including 5 Tips for Delivering Presentations with Impact, check out this great blog by College in Your Community.

“Before a key point, announce, “This is important,” then deliver the important line. You can also add a short pause just before announcing the important item. This is a simple trick, but in effect, it allows the audience to refocus their attention on you if they’ve lost track or became distracted. By emphasizing that an item is important, you increase the chance of the audience remembering it. You can also make the audience laugh, then get serious and deliver a key point or an important message. When your listeners laugh, they become more open and more willing to accept new information.”