Are you also tired of boring and endless PowerPoint presentations with no audience interaction?
So were MDC and it showed up that 40 of our members felt the same.
We heard that Chris Rycroft, a specialist presentation coach, knew what to do. With many exercises we all got hands-on experience using some serious and unusual tricks on how to present with impact. You weren’t there? We are happy to share them - And don’t forget, a presentation is not only when you are in front of a PowerPoint presentation!
Start with the end in mind to get what you want!
Begin with defining what you want to obtain (Point B), by the end of your presentation. Now, when you build your presentation just select the material that will help you achieve your Point B and no more!
When you present to Senior Executives you should even present your Point B at the start.
As a tip, when you have built your presentation, print out your presentation slides (1 slide per page) and lay them out on a table. Then make a “helicopter-view” where you evaluate the slides focusing on the target.
Now the “puzzling” begins! Rate the single slides: switch the order in which the slides are presented if necessary and if a slide does not underline your target, leave it out!
So what…what’s in it for me?
Have you ever written a love letter and addressed it to “whom it may concern”?
Always keep your audience in mind and ask yourself the WIIFY question - What’s in it for you? We tend to focus on the topics we find relevant to ourselves, the so-called WIIFM – Many presentations fail as there is no WIIFY for the audience.
Why you need to catch the attention of your audience in the first 90 seconds?
You only have 60-90 seconds to catch the attention of your audience! That’s why you have to begin your presentation catching their attention. Try a question, a surprising fact, a provocative statement, a connection to a recent event, an analogy or perhaps a short human interest story.
How to make your slides more engaging with a simple trick
Most slide title are singular words and are not very engaging, start to write action oriented slide titles that say what the slide means and help the audience follow your story.
Example Third Quarter results turns into Sales were significantly up in the Third Quarter
Don’t make your audience bored! Here are a few tricks…
Minimum every 10 minutes you should change media:
- Talk from the PowerPoint presentation
- Use the flip chart or whiteboard
- Activate the crowd with an exercise
- Ask a question
- …or have you ever thought of “the black finger”? Make the screen black and pause you slides for a little while to get the full attention of your audience.
The course was conducted by Chris Rycroft, Professional Communications Coach at Percepti Global, read more here.