To engage your audience you have to do more than deliver facts. Use the 3 ‘I’s – Information to talk about the facts, insights for the audience to connect the facts to their situtation and inspiration feel something about the facts.
Using rhetorical questions in your presentations is a great way to engage the audience. This article gives you six tips on how to do it effectively.
Using story telling techniques in your presentations is one of the most effective ways to persuade your audience to take action, adopt your ideas or spread your message.
And both you and your message will be remembered for much, much longer than those who continue to give boring presentations full of dry facts and statistics.
When presenting, we’re often very nervous seeing the audience in front of us, thinking they’re judging us negatively. But the fact is, the audience are really on your side, they want you to do well.
If you try to lead the audience around to your point of view too soon, they will resist because of the reasons above.
When we pace an audience, we let them know we acknowledge what they might be feeling before we attempt to lead them around to our point of view.
In thisTEDX talk, Mark Robinson shows us an excellent technique which combines asking questions and telling stories to deliver an engaging presentation.
Many people go into ‘presentation mode’ when they stand up to speak. They become very serious and ‘professional’ and by doing so, forget to smile as they present. Unless you are giving bad news, remember to smile. Look as though you are enjoying speaking about your topic. This will engage the audience much more than assuming a stiff and serious air.
Presentation Truth # 4 is about making an impact on the audience at the beginning of your presentation.