Presenting is an art form, and it takes time to master. As you gain more experience, however, you will begin to feel more comfortable onstage.
But if you want to energize your audience the next time you speak, it will take some deliberate effort on your part.
You will need to think about your delivery, your body language, the imagery you use in your PowerPoint, in addition to the actual content of the speech.
Here are several tips on how to give more energizing presentations.
Get Your Audience Laughing
Laughing tends to loosen everybody up. Plus, the audience is going to associate those positive feelings with you. Humor is a good way to grab people’s attention, and a means of keeping them engaged.
Not every speaker is a gifted comedian, and it may or may not be one of your strong suits. Don’t try to force humor, as this can fall flat. In fact, even professional comedians sometimes fall flat. But if you can find a way to inject a bit of humor into your presentation, it can definitely be energizing.
Speak At A Good Pace
Speakers all tend to have their own presentation styles. But a good speaker knows that keeping a good pace keeps the audience energized and engaged.
It’s a misnomer that people can’t process what you’re saying if you’re speaking faster. You may want to pause or slow down for emphasis, but it’s important to be consistent in your delivery. 120 words per minute is a good tempo, though many motivational speakers speak at 200 words per minute or faster.
If you want to energize, maintain a solid tempo.
Play With The Tone Of Your Voice
Said another way, make sure to inject emotion and feeling into what you’re saying. A lot of speakers tend to speak in monotone, and nothing kills a presentation faster. People want to know that you care about what you’re sharing.
This may take some practice, but you need to learn how to play with the volume, pitch, speed and tone of your voice to add emphasis and interest to your presentation.
Communicate With Your Body
As with your voice, if you do nothing with your body, your speech will likely come across as boring. This doesn’t mean that you should flail around uncontrollably, fidget, or move around so quickly that onlookers have a hard time keeping their eyes on you.
But you can use gestures when you’re driving a point home, you can smile and use eye contact, and you can move around a bit, and this will communicate authority and confidence.
Don’t neglect what your body is saying, as it is just as important as what you’re communicating through speech, if not more.
Prepare A Timely & Relevant Presentation
When it comes to sharing with an audience, communication isn’t all that matters. You could have a very eloquent, thought-provoking presentation prepared, but if it isn’t the right message for the audience, it could fall flat.
Make sure to talk to the event organizers and get a sense of who the audience is. Find out what they would like to learn, and what they’re expecting. Obviously, it would be inadvisable to share on a topic you know nothing about, but you can always spin your speech in a way that it resonates with the audience.
An irrelevant presentation is not going to be energizing, as onlookers become confused and strain to understand the content you’re trying to share with them.
To give energy, you have to have energy. Make sure to take care of yourself the days leading up to the event. Eat healthy, get some exercise, and get to bed early. Practice and make sure you’re ready.
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