Five Amazing Methods To Use To Open Up Your Next Presentation
It is vital for presenters to catch an audience’s attention within the first sixty seconds of a presentation, according to recent statistics. Because of this it is imperative that presenters understand the significance of catching an audience’s attention during the first few moments of the presentation talk.
A presentation’s opening lines establish the tone of the entire performance. This makes it essential for the presenter to be able to both ready the audience, as well as, fascinate them.
1. Tell Stories
One way to fascinate an audience is to tell stories. Stories are a good tool to use when presenting because people can relate to them and it allows them to make an association between themselves and the presenter on a personal basis.
However, for the stories to be engaging and relatable, they need to be relevant to the message that the presenter is trying to convey, as well as, to the topic. Stories that do this will maximize the presentation’s efficiency.
2. Ask Questions
Questions are also another great tool to use to fascinate and engage an audience. Starting a presentation asking people how they are, not only exposes the forum for the presentation attendees, but it also helps empower them and makes them more open to the presenter’s message.
Questions also help make the audience contemplate the topics that the presenter is in charge of. This sets the stage for reinforcement of the presenter’s agenda, while making the audience feel a sense of control.
3. Use Quotes
Another useful tool for engaging an audience is the use of quotes. Using quotes to reference an expert in the topic that’s being presented is helpful because it establishes an overarching subject matter or idea about the selected theme.
After using a quote, presenters need to explain how it empowers the presentation’s topic and how it is pertinent to it.
4. Use Statistics and Facts
A fourth tool that is useful to engage an audience is the use of statistics. If statistics are used in a proper manner, then they are very efficient in highlighting the topic. However, presenters must use clear, pertinent and precise information to really engage the audience. A good, reliable statistic surrounds the presenter’s message in a tangible, trusted and undeniable framed position. The information provides the presenter with a reliable resource, but also loans trustworthiness to everything else the presenter says from there on out.
5. Open with a Joke
And, finally, jokes are also a great tool to use to engage the audience. Humor can be very powerful when used appropriately; it can unwind and audience; make them even more receptive to the presenter as an individual and to the presenter’s message. However, humor can be very unstable and a poor joke can prove to be worse than not having a joke at all.