“I had over 100 people in my audience and no one asked questions at the end? Why?”
“I saw several attendees typing on their phones during my presentation.”
“Why did I lose some of my listeners?”
Do you ever ask yourself these questions? How do you engage your audience, whether for 10, 100 or 1,000 people or, or for twenty minutes or an hour?
Four types of presentations are the norm:
- Informative – the most common. You convey information and present your findings.
- Demonstrative – You give instructions on the “How to.”
- Persuasive – You want to change or reinforce your attendees thinking on a subject.
- Inspirational/motivational – You want to move your listeners to care about your subject and to act on their own behalf because they care; the theme is more visceral.
Many presentations need all four aspects to make them memorable.
To keep you audience engaged, alert and attentive you need to engage their minds and hearts at least every eight minutes – change course, so to speak: from facts to stories, from graphs to cartoons, from past to future, or from serious to humorous. Keep them guessing what will come next?
You’re informing your audience on the importance and innovation of new technology and products for the elderly to help them stay more independent. What’s going to keep them attentive?
- Good props and pictures on your PowerPoint slides
- Examples of how it’s been effective
- A personal story
When you’re informing an interested audience ask open-ended questions during, not just at the end. “What can I go over again about this breathing alarm?” Give them a review and the importance of each product or application (i.e. slides that have quiz-like questions to help re-state your points.)
When you ask questions that refer to your major points or site call-backs they help your attendees retain the information as well as ignite more curiosity; therefore, more questions and understanding.
You want your audience to take away the pertinent information, the reasons for and the benefits of your ideas, service or product. Use your testimonials and personal stories to reinforce them.
Save your final point for the end, not questions and answers: “I have five minutes for questions before I conclude.” This way the audience knows you have something pithy and powerful for them to take away at the end.
The four types of presentations are a good way to plan and organize your speech. Engaging comes with coaching and practice.
Questions for me? How can I help you make a powerful and positive impression on your next informative, demonstrative, persuasive, or inspirational presentation? Dee@DeeDukehart.com*303-549-0045