5 Simple Tips to Keep your Presentations Clear

April 27, 2016 by  

You have only about a minute to grab your audience’s attention at the beginning of a presentation so you must be sure that once you have engaged them that you maintain that connection.
It is your responsibility, as the speaker, to stimulate, inspire, inform, and entertain your audience.

Here are 5 simple ways you can deliver a clear and well-articulated program.

1. Use language that is familiar to your attendees and easy for them to understand. It takes a great deal of energy to focus and concentrate on language that one does not understand so you will lose your audience if you are not describing your concepts at their level of comprehension. Choose words that are simple, to the point and non-jargon. This is not your opportunity to illustrate your extensive knowledge of vocabulary, rather, it is more important to deliver your key elements in ways that grab and inform your audience.
2. Offer verbal guides that easily transition concepts from one idea to another so that the whole of your presentation will make sense and therefore resonate with the attendees. The more compelling connections they can make to their situation, the more likely they are to retain and employ what you are offering to them. Repetition is another way that way that will help them to retain what you are telling them as emphasizes the point and reinforces it. The better you can tie your elements together in a meaningful pattern, the more sense your audience will make of your information.                         Remember….adults learn when they see a need!
3. Employ precise language to describe your concepts. You can easily accomplish this by giving specific and relevant examples. Introduce personal stories that show your human side, they can even be self-deprecating, which demonstrates that you, too, are human. Showing a sense of humor can also engage hour audience, because if you can laugh at yourself, it means they can, too! Make direct eye contact with as many audience members as possible, so that each of them feel as if you are speaking directly to them. This is also a good engagement tool.
4. Construct your presentation with short, simply developed sentences, because long, run-on sentences can be confusing and your audience could stop listening. This is especially true when delivering complex concepts. Remember to keep everything as simple as possible so that it will easier for your audience to keep up with you and stay engaged.
5. Include some interactive exercises that allow the participants the opportunity to employ what they have learned in a meaningful manner so that they will understand why they are being offered the strategy, and how it could work in their specific situation to provide new and better outcomes. Besides, they will retain only about 15-20% of what they hear but up to 90% of what they say and do. So if you offer them the chance to come up with plausible solutions using the new concepts or approaches, they will be more likely to employ those new options following your presentation.

In conclusion, remember that people have very short attention spans, so if you want to engage your audience for the duration of your presentation you will need to be clear, concise, entertaining and informative. In addition, the more interactive you can make the session, the more fun your audience will have and that will also enhance their learning experience.
In any event….you, as the presenter, need to “carry the room” so put on a smile, prepare, prepare, prepare, and then have some fun yourself!!

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