Be an Empowered Presenter

Posted by on May 4, 2011 in ComLead

Finals are here and there are many tests, papers and presentations. Presentations are one of the ways that students are able to listen to their peers and learn what they have been developing throughout the semester. While sitting through a few groups, I got to thinking about separates a good presentation from a great one.

Five factors I generated:

1. Incorporate visuals:  If you are presenting for thirty minutes, you probably have a decent amount of slides. Break up text with relevant photos or a short video clip. Use colors that are pleasing to the eye, but keep it relatively simple. There is a fine line between stimulating and distracting.

2. Use Humor:  If you can, without  being conveyed as not genuine, try and make people laugh. This is one of the most difficult tactics to master, but breaking up a presentation with a joke about the subject matter can reengage listeners who might have become distracted.  

Malcolm Gladwell Presents3. Tell Anecdotes– A relevant story helps to support the legitimacy of the presentation. When I was listening to a presentation on fiscal responsibility, hearing how the information  helped a member of the presenting group secure his own finances was enough of a testimonial to make my ears perk up.

4. Listen to the way you are speaking- Pay attention to the rate of speech, tone, inflection and emphasis you give to what you are saying. Make sure that you reflect confidence in what you are saying by enunciating and projecting your words.

5. Bring materials to reemphasize the message- It is a bit of extra work to find an activity or assemble binders of worksheets and visual examples of work. This extra work guarantees a return of more engagement and more thought being given to the topic that you are presenting on.

Often times when I listen to speakers, I try to adopt the techniques I liked and make sure to avoid what turned me off to what they were saying. Have you gotten and feedback that has helped you created stellar presentation experiences? Tell us your thoughts!

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