Good advice in today’s Globe and Mail from consultant Garr Reynolds on 6 lessons for effective presentations:
- Develop rapport with the audience. It’s not about you. It’s all about them. Build a connection.
- Give your audience an idea of where you’re going. Tell them you have 3 things you want to talk about.
- Show your enthusiasm. Way too many presenters have little or no enthusiasm. Believe what you say.
- It’s not about the numbers, it’s about what the numbers mean. Make numbers, facts and stats comprehensible to your audience.
- Make it visual. Use a photo. An image. A graphic that drives home your key points. Just don’t use a 40-slide PowerPoint.
- Save the best for last. Yes, that first minute or two is key to engaging your audience. You need an even stronger finish because that’s what folks remember.
And a brilliant presentation here on how to avoid death by PowerPoint.