FINISH SPEAKING BEFORE YOUR AUDIENCE HAS FINISHED LISTENING
Larry Hagner once said, “The best speakers in the world are the best story tellers.” Here are a few ways to organize your presentation to ensure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening:
- Start strong and captivate your audience in the first few seconds. The beginning of your presentation is crucial – start by entertaining them. For example, tell a story that leads to a cliffhanger… then use your conclusion of your presentation to reveal the ending.
- Establish credibility. If you were introduced, don’t repeat your bio, rather find creative ways to mix your background experience into your introduction.
- Remember the 10-20-30 slideshow rule from Guy Kawasaki (from Apple). Limit your presentation to 10 slides, 20 minutes, and use a font size of at least 30 point.
- Engage your audience and try to make it a conversation, and less of a presentation. Strive to have a couple of points where you interact with the audience and ask questions.
- Use your voice and body language. Vary the speed, pitch, and volume when talking, and make your gestures open and confident, and move naturally in the space you’re given.
- Smile and make eye contact with your audience to help build rapport. It also helps you to feel less nervous because you are talking to individuals, not to a great mass of unknown people.
- Offer hand-outs that highlight key points and helpful resources you discussed. Also, include your contact information for future inquiries.
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