5 Steps to Creating an Interesting Presentation
A subject many presenters struggle with is keeping their listeners entertained and engaged during a presentation. Many people default to saying “Well, the material I’m presenting just isn’t that interesting so there’s nothing I can do”. This outlook is incorrect – no matter what the subject of your presentation is or how dry it may seem, you can always create an interesting and captivating presentation.
- Be Different – When trying to captivate an audience, one thing you need to do is stand out from the crowd. Don’t just create the same old PowerPoint presentation with the normal graphics. Instead, use other tools/image creators to spice up your presentation.
- High Energy – When presenting, it’s essential for you to have high amounts of energy and be truly invested and interested in your presentation topic. A presenter who is bored will quickly bore their listeners, while a presenter who is having fun will create an engaging mood for their listeners.
- Have Relatable Images – Don't be afraid to search for or create relatable images instead of using the same old boring graphs, charts, and standard clip art. Find a way to make graphs pop by using bright colors and shapes to indicate when something has worked well or should be improved. These clear and interesting graphics will allow your listeners to understand your point and not lose interest.
- Have Stories – Have a few anecdotes or stories in your presentation. Instead of just reading them aloud to your listeners, create a comic that shows your story. A visual component helps the story resonate with each listener. This is an easy way to add humor into your presentation as well.
- Let Your Personality be Part of Your Presentation – Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Let your own personality shine through in your presentation and allow the listeners to see who you really are. This will allow them to build trust in you, believe your words, and in turn, increase engagement and action.
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