Getting Over Yourself

December 19, 2012

Three ways to give more exciting presentations


Three key things to look out for in your presentations are 1. Be interested, 2. Creatively organize your message, and 3. Be in the moment as you deliver it.

So, first, are you excited about this information and about sharing it with the audience? Every opportunity to speak isn’t equally weighted, but if you can find a reason why the audience needs it, how it will shorten their day, lighten their work load, help their lives, it’s a lot easier to be interested as you organize it and as you deliver it. You’re in charge of whether or not you’re interested.

Second, have you made it audience-centered? Do you care whether or not they get it?

Have you identified what they need to know? What they want to know? How your subject affects them?
Sprinkle those connections throughout your talk. Ask questions, use examples, illustrations, and analogies that relate to them.

Experiment with approaches that have appealed to you as an audience member — but make them your own. Be willing to break the pattern of a typical business presentation, the kind you’ve been bored by. You can dare to be different without being inappropriate.

And third, many people are exciting on the inside, but hesitant or unable to let that show in front of a group. Look for ways to allow you to be yourself — to show your natural energy and humor. See yourself as one of the group having a conversation with them. Just talk to them. Stay focused on your purpose–to help them in some way.

Allow yourself to be captivated. Be interested yourself and you’ll be interesting in content and delivery.

Don’t try to be interesting. Be interested.

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2 Comments »

  1. Great tips. I’m studying public relations in college, so I have to give presentations all the time. Remembering these things will definitely help me stay at the top of my game. Thanks for posting!

    Comment by Tyler Lehmann — December 20, 2012 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

    • It’s easy to get distracted when you’re getting graded into thinking it’s about impressing the class, or the teacher, or getting the grade. It does, of course, involve demonstrating that you’ve learned something, but then, how can you make it easy for the class to listen and to learn something themselves. If you enjoy the presentation, everyone will get more out of it and they’ll enjoy it, too.

      Comment by Barbara Rocha — December 21, 2012 @ 8:25 am | Reply


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