Last week I offered my Presentation Bootcamp. Over the years I have learned how many people ‘suck’ at PowerPoint and Keynote. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. PowerPoint is like any other tool. If you don’t use Excel or Illustrator, or iMovie all the time you can’t beome an expert,and PP and Keynote are no different. I have uploaded a short set of tips. http://tiny.cc/PresentationTIps
I know what I can’t do and what I can do. So I focus on what I excel at and it’s not Excel…it’s PowerPoint. I, like you, also know that the number one fear of most people is public speaking, now what? I want to help.
Speaking is the sum of it’s parts.Here, are some of the ‘parts’ of great presentations.
The next few posts will add to your knowledge base of my Power Points for Persuasive Presenations. I hope they can leverage your skills to present, sell, motivate, and educate your audience.
As a coach and consultant I have reveiwed hundreds of presentation slides. Many of them are loaded with text, the images are low resolution, and the message is ‘lost in translation.’ A great presentation has a goal. http://tiny.cc/PresentationTIps
Ask yourself : What are the major characteristics that make us able to effect a change in our audience?
What is our ultimate goal? What do you want the audience to do?
We give speeches and presentations in order to influence others – to convince them to purchase a product or service or to get them to accept a new process or direction. (Sure there are other reasons but let’s keep it simple)
These 4 elements have one thing in common: genuine emotion. Think of your presentation as a chance to use whom you are and what you know to make a connection with the audience, plead your case and compel them to action.
Organization of a Persuasive Presenter
- It’s your first and best opportunity to establish rapport with listeners.
- Your audience is paying maximum attention at this point.
- Your credibility and the audience’s trust in you start here.
- Your tone and “flavor” as a speaker are established now.
- You either demonstrate that you’re going to be interesting . . . or not.
Captivating Your Audience with a Persuasive Presentation
- Eye Contact
- Have fun.
- Energize your voice.
- Be aware of your nonverbal message.
- Make it personal.
- Prepare: 40% on content 60% on rehearsals.
- Pronounce: Speak clearly and correctly.
- Produce: Know they have one chance to make a first impression
- Posture: Be a Marine. Stand up. Speak out. Show confidence.