“People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint” – Steve Jobs
When it comes to the creation of dynamic presentations, there is little substitute for experience when it comes to developing your abilities. Every inspirational orator, from Steve Jobs to Tony Robbins, has the same story of focused determination and purposeful action improving their verbal virtuosity when it comes to giving mind-blowing presentations.
Below are some guidelines for giving some killer presentations of your own:
Be a Storyteller:
Whatever you talk about, it has to be captivating. It has to be unique. It has to take the listener on a journey, and most importantly, it has to impact on a deeper level. You have to touch their hearts before you can reach their minds.
The human brain loves novelty, so just remember to tell a story, to make them care, and with enough experience you will be able to lead their minds into a place where their world looks a little bit different than before.
Give them a new lens to view the world after you finish. ‘What’s the one thing I want people to take away?”
You should know your topic inside and out. It should be rehearsed, rehearsed, and then, rehearsed some more – by yourself, and in front of as many people as you can.
Once you have this taken care of, introduce a little improvisation. You are going to have rehearsed to the point that you can let your passion lead you, and let whatever it is that makes your heart sing will work a little alchemy in the room, and pull your audience with you for the ride.
Remember to speak simply, with love, honesty, and integrity. Passion is contagious.
Take your time. Be confident. Move with intent.
This will give you the appearance of having a commanding mastery over your subject, a greater presence, and a deeper connection with your audience. Eye contact, confidently controlled speech, pitch, volume and gestures are the key to holding peoples’ attention.
Pacing the floor, and rapid movements all leak energy, and distract from whatever you’re trying to say. If you think you’re rushing, then you’re rushing; do everything half as fast as you think you should.
Show your vulnerability:
Relax a little, and use vulnerability to connect with your audience.
An audience will respond to you showing you’re human; empathy is a powerful tool that can help forge a deep connection with others.
Vulnerability is at the core, the heart, the center of meaningful human experiences – Brene Brown
PowerPoint’s are fantastic tools that can help you reinforce key points, but they are not a script to be read; that sounds repetitious, and repetition is boring, and bored people will soon look elsewhere for the novelty we mentioned earlier.
Instead, use images that help the audience visualize what you’re saying. So, keep bullet points to a minimum, get creative, and use some images to firmly implant your talk in minds of your listeners.
“Trust your dreams, trust your heart, and trust your story” Neil Gaiman