1. Use an economy of words. Be ruthlessly efficient in the words you use, and speak quickly. Hold my attention by challenging me to keep up with you.
2. Proper tone and volume. Come at me with energy, a positive attitude and sufficient volume.
3. Fewer words, fewer slides. Don't feed me PowerPoint. Use the slides as you must to guide you in talking with me, not using the slides to communicate for you.
4. Show videos. A good one will reinforce your point.
5. Tell stories. I'll forget data but remember a story.
6. Know the audience and communicate appropriately. Start with me. What do you want me to know?
7. Believe what you're selling. If you don't passionately believe it, don't expect me to.
8. Tell me to do something. Give me a call to action.
9. Don't slouch. It's a podium not a park bench.
10. It’s not about what you know; it’s about what I need to know. Don't feed me everything you know, but work backward and leave me with what I need to know.That’s one senior executive’s list of what he expects from presenters. What are your favorites? What would you add? If you’re someone who regularly makes presentations, what are your resolutions to raise your level of performance this year?
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