In this personal development blog, we’ll explore a little about NLP in presenting and general tips for presenting. I’ll focus a little on delivering technical topics, because this is an area where I’ve seen a lot of presentations fall short.
Here are some key points that I find important:
- Engage with the audience fully – start by building rapport, maybe with a story or joke, or ask the group to do a brief ‘icebreaker’ to help build the group rapport
- Make eye contact with different people around the room – don’t just stare in one place, or at the back of the room, make eye contact with different people and establish a connection with the group
- Avoid using too much technical jargon – know your audience and relate your subject matter to them in an engaging way and at a level that keeps them engaged
- Tell stories to illustrate points – if your subject matter is new to people they might get confused. Relate your topic to other experiences that your audience is likely to have had, so that they can relate to what you are saying
- Don’t just look at Powerpoint slides – many people have experienced ‘death by powerpoint’!. When the audience just looks at the slideshow, they tend to switch off from what is being said. Try to use the visuals to enhance what is being said – don’t hide behind them – remember it is you that needs to bring the message to the audience
- Break your topic into chunks of why/ what / how / what if – I talked about this in a blog quite a while back, but this is something I teach at a deep level on presentation courses – it really helps in delivering a message
- First use the Why? – get your audience motivated – make your audience really aware of the benefits of being at your presentation
- Then the What – after your audience is motivated and engaged, deliver the content – the facts and data. As said earlier – make sure you deliver in an engaging way and at a level that meets your audience
- The How – give your group an exercise where they can put into practice or experiencing what you are presenting about
- The What If – get your audience to consider what they can do with what they have learned, or how they will benefit in the future with your product or service.
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