At no cost should your business presentation be boring. However, giving an effective presentation is an art, which comes with practice.
SupportBiz presents some simple tips for you to give a great presentation.
Have a great beginning.
When you are up on stage with your presentation, ensure that you create a wonderful first impression. Grab the attention of your audience with your first line itself. Start with something unique, which will interest them, rather than starting with the usual introduction.
Asking your audience rhetoric questions that will require them to think is a great way to get their attention immediately. Similarly, citing a unique quotation or an interesting anecdote or statistic will also grab their attention, and make them eager to listen to what you have to say.
Have an engaging tone.
It will be difficult for you to retain the attention of your audience throughout, if you believe in delivering the presentation just for the sake of delivering it. Maintain an engaging tone of voice throughout the presentation, and do not just rattle off facts and figures off memory or off your notes. Modulate your voice according to the points you are trying to make during the presentation. Adopt the right pitch of voice, which indicates your confidence and hold on the subject.
Thorough and diligent practice beforehand will help you in controlling your tone effectively, and in delivering a wonderful presentation.
Engage the audience.
If you want your presentation to be interesting and effective, you will need to involve your audience in it. Your presentation cannot be a one-way speech, where you keep speaking and your audience keeps listening to you. Asking the audience members a question that provokes them to think or throwing an interesting fact in between your presentation are two ways to keep them engaged. At a time when you notice inertia among your audience, you could relate an interesting anecdote or introduce a small quiz to test them. You could even ask a volunteer to give out some pamphlets or demonstrate something. Asking your audience members a show-of-hands question will get their attention immediately.