Last year I attended a presentation on my college campus. Several minutes into the presentation, I heard a strange noise behind me. When I turned around, I noticed a guy two rows back, head bent and eyes closed, snoring.
it’s really bad.And I’m thinking if you want to leave an impression, you need to make yourself the focus.Here are 10 tips for getting your audience to listen to you.
1.talk about one key point at a time
When you provide little on the slide like only one word in the middle, people will look to you for elaboration. When you put multiple points into a single slide, the audience will be so hard working digesting all the information on the slide. This doesn’t help them understand better as human’s brains aren’t designed for multi-tasking. The more points you want them to get, the less they can understand.Make your presentation simple.
2.3 seconds principle
Make sure people can get the gist within 3 seconds.More than that it means the message isn’t conveyed clearly enough and people will zone out. They’ll completely ignore what you’re going to say even if your ideas are truly brilliant.
Cut everything that doesn’t serve a purpose.It’s often not what’s added that matters, but what’s cut that matters.
4.illustrate your points with images
When the image can catch audience’s attention and wake them up, you’re actually telling them to look at you again, that you’re going to raise a great point next. What’s more, people retain 10% of what they hear three days following a presentation, but if the information is accompanied by a picture, this figure jumps to 65%.
Graphs, charts, and pies that illustrate your point and help emphasize it. Also, include images that make an impact on the audience and make the gist of your argument memorable.
Specific facts and emotive stories will give you a direct line to your audience’s hearts, and you are sure to leave a great impression.
7.ask questions at crucial moments
A question breaks up your regular presentation rhythm and helps mark what you’re saying as important. More than that, a question turns your presentation from a passive story into an active quest that the audience can explore on their own through their answers.
8.break it up with humor
Humor makes the world go around. And the same holds true for the business world. At the end of the day, no one likes to work with a stiff.
9.don’t read from your slides
Reading from a slide that everyone in the room can see is boring and makes you look unprepared. Your PowerPoint isn’t there to remind you what to say but to help your audience better understand the point you’re making.
10.make your examples personal
Give examples in your presentation that involve the audience and show how your solution will benefit them.