You know to avoid verbal fillers, move about the room and make eye contact with your audience, but what separates a marginal presentation from a great one? The following are key characteristics of great presentations and how to incorporate them into all your engagements, regardless of purpose, formality or the audience.
Make your audience the hero of your story
Author John Steinbeck once said, “If a story is not about the hearer they will not listen.” The same idea makes a great presentation. Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end, but the trick is weaving the key subject matter of the presentation into a story that invites audience curiosity. Before you start to develop your presentation, home in on the real reasons behind every key topic: What is the problem to be solved? Why should the audience care? Those answers are the guiding principles to refer to as you craft the presentation into a narrative. It should i...(register to read more)