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Let’s face it.
No one wants to be stuck in a meeting room on a Friday afternoon listening to Crappy McCrap bumbling about their latest project. There’s paint drying somewhere that’s way more interesting.
You know the feeling, right?
The I’d rather french kiss the loser in a trout farm beauty pageant than see another bullet point or listen to second more of monotone boringness feeling.
What happens when it comes time for you to do a presentation?
That day you’ve been dreading.
That day when you have to put yourself out there.
That day when you become the ugliest trout.
Here are 11 tricks to keep your audience interested.
11 Tricks to grab your audience by the eye balls and suck them into your presentation:
1. Open with the action in progress
Starting a presentation with the standard intro of greeting, your name, your department, and the agenda is like opening a book that starts with “Once upon a time.”
If an author wants to create a bestseller the first page better have some action. In fact, the reader needs to feel they are in the middle of the action as soon as they start reading.
To maximize engagement you should open your presentation this way too.
That doesn’t mean that you need open your presentation with a gun battle, but it does mean that you need to get into the meat and potatoes of the presentation as soon as possible.
“I’m going to show you how to reduce the amount of admin work you do each day”, is much better than, “Thank you for being here. My name is David. Today I’d like to talk about how to reduce admin work. There are three things I’d like to touch on….”
Start with the action and you’ll have a much more interested audience from the get-go.