Every presentation has a purpose – you would like your audience to do something about it.
It could be -
- Understand your view point, or
- Understand the problem at hand, or
- Adopt your solution or an answer, or
- Think about a situation or person or a problem in a different way, or
- Take your call to action and do whatever that is you would like them to do, or
- Warm up to you, or
- Simply have fun…
Questions that I debate while trying to make a presentation effective -
- How well did I relate to the audience?
- Did they understand my ideas?
- Am I able to lead, guide them without overwhelming them?
- What would make it interesting, engaging, and/or entertaining for the listener(s)?
- Could/did I appeal to their emotions, too? Did they feel connected to me personally?
I love and keep one nugget I got from Bert Decker’s book – You Have Got to Believed to Be Heard – and, that is, end of the day your credibility makes the difference.
Did I come across credible?
We have a workshop to brainstorm ideas on this with our toastmasters group. The theme is - credibility. What would help you make a credible connection with your audience? That is, whether it is a one-on-one conversation, or a group meeting at work, or a presentation to a larger group, or a friendly talk at a social event.
Three questions I bring up –
- How do you pull in information from different relevant sources and make a coherent presentation?
- How do you weave in stories – both personal and/or stories of others that would help you connect with them? Stories are part of our core fabric; we told and listened to stories growing up before any of the formal education.
- How do you select the right tools to make it easy for you, and for them?
I look forward to the workshop. I will bring in thoughts and ideas from it in second part of this blog post.
What do you do to effectively connect with your audience?
How do you put it together?