Ideas to Enhance Your Presentation

This morning’s tip is really practical, and I’m passing it on from Victoria Labalme, the top ‘presentation coach’ in the world.  She helps CEOs design and give presentations.

I had a chance recently to hear her speak and to chat with her for awhile about making great presentations and talks.

The big idea is that your audience can concentrate on what you’re doing for about five minutes, and then they need a change of pace or you’ll lose them.  This is true in a staff meeting, a sales presentation, or any other time you talk in front of people.

Here are some practical ideas that you can use to bring about that change of pace:

  • Stories/analogies
  • Images/photos
  • Cartoons
  • Statistics or facts
  • Funny bit
  • Video clip
  • Graph or chart
  • Skit
  • Product demo
  • Challenge question
  • Prop
  • Quotation
  • Joke
  • Questionnaire
  • Text responses
  • Quiz
  • Game
  • Interactive exercise
  • Discussion – solo/pairs/quads
  • Debrief
  • Q & A
  • Call for a volunteer
  • Questionairre
  • Guest speaker
  • Call to action
  • Large group activity
  • Interview

 

 

 

Try one of these so that your presentations don’t go stale.

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