Alyssa’s Blog

March 8, 2007, 6:04 pm
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When presenting:

You must be passionate. If you don’t care about the topic you are presenting on or have no reason or purpose for presenting, then don’t. If you want your presentation to be worthwhile both for yourself and those for whom you are presenting (and whose time you are taking up), then you must care about it and show that you have a point and purpose by putting an effort into your presentation, and putting excitement into your words. Don’t make the audience feel as though they are wasting their time.

Change the pace of your presentation, and use slides to accompany your words. Don’t slowly drone, but don’t go so high speed the audience feels out of breath afterwords. Change it up: fast for a while, then slow, then maybe back to fast again. Keep their attention by staying unpredictable. They shouldn’t know what you will do next. Let your slides follow this same pace. They should not speak for you (lots of sentences and wordy description), but they should enhance your words. This doesn’t mean make a slide for every other paragraph, but for almost every sentence. Slides should be exciting, and follow the pace of your speaking… almost as if you are the narrator and they are a movie.

Use anecdotes. Anecdotes can make anything exciting, intriguing, and suspenseful. Ira Glass was even able to make a boring story about waking up suspenseful. When you tell stories in your presentation, continue constantly bringing up questions and then answering them. Keep the audience thinking, wondering, and curious about what you will make of all the questions. Keep them wondering about your key point, and also make sure to actually have a key point. And definitely don’t just leave in stories, or parts of stories, that are boring and pointless. No one wants to hear a story that doesn’t have anything to do with anything else. If it’s unnecessary, then throw it out. Don’t just keep it in to make sure your presentation is the right length.


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