How to Present and Not Put Anyone to Sleep

How to Present and Not Put Anyone to Sleep

How to Present and Not Put Anyone to Sleep 
Summer 2012, Asia Volume 4, Number 3

Presenting dynamically: how to present and not put anyone to sleep

Keep the idea that you are presenting to restless ADHD children in mind when you are presenting. This keeps things in perspective and work your creative juices in coming up with an engaging presentation. As with all successful things, do up a plan. Even planned jokes can be funny and wake your audience when said at strategic times. Your main objective it to get your point across in the fastest and most interesting way as possible. People will get fidgety if you overshoot the time, no matter how great your presentation may be.

VISUALS,

VISUALS, VISUALS

This could not be emphasised more. In this age of technological advances, people would be expecting you to use the numerous tools available to present. Fewer words are always a good idea if you could use a picture. Pie graphs and graphs are fine, but pictures and images speak a thousand words. Also, speak to the emotional part of people when you present. It usually takes more than facts to move people, so be sure not to overload them with facts but take some time to tell an appropriate anecdote as well.

BE

PREPARED

And show that you are! You can blame it on stage fright but the ‘uhm’s and ‘ah’s merely give away that you do not know your content. People become disinterested. After all, why should they listen to one who does not know his stuff? Verbiage and tone of voice is vital in presenting as you already know. If you feel an ‘uhm’ coming on, stop to pretend that you need a sip of water. Don’t take too long in drinking, and try not to use this excuse too many times as it stalls your presentation.

WRAPPING

IT UP

If you can’t fit your key concepts and ideas on a 3 x 5 card, you are being long-winded, and never read your notes. Remember your main message at all times and convey it consistently; then you won’t have to repeat yourself. Let your passion for the topic shine and your audience will feel enthusiastic about your presentation too. They would rather a sincere presenter than one who puts on a facade. If you have the resources and time, create a simple door gift to remind them of your presentation and ideas long after it is over.

60 Seconds

is All it Takes
to Know a Little More
Quick Tip1

As with all successful things, do up a plan. Your main objective is to get your point across in the fastest and most interesting way as possible.

Quick Tip2

Fewer words are always a good idea if you could use a picture. Speak to the emotional part of people when you present.

Quick Tip3

“uhm’s” and “ah’s” merely give away you don’t know your content. Let your passion for the topic shine and your audience will feel enthusiastic about it too.

Quick Tip4

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