Week 7 already! You only have 7 days of class left for this term. Is everyone ready for their Spring Break?
As was announced in class today, your final presentation will be on a topic of your choice. Please follow the handout guidelines, and make sure you hand in the required work on time.
I have some tips for you for the next presentation. I hope this will help to inspire some of you to get creative and original with your presentations. Here it goes…
1. Use a variety of sentences.
Try to use a variety of sentences, and focus on the length of sentences. If your sentence is too long, it may be difficult for the audience to follow you. Use short sentences or different sentence structures. This will help the audience to understand you. It is also advantageous for you because you do not have to forget what you are supposed to say in one sentence!
2. Use action words
Try to use action verbs or phrases. This will keep the audience’s interest high. Action words/phrases are like… develop, create, produce, lead, facilitate etc.
3. Tell personal stories
The greatest way to connect with your audience is to share something about yourself. It doesn’t mean you should tell the biggest secret of your life to everyone! However, sharing an experience of yours will help the audience to get to know you, and to connect with you better.
4. Use positive adjectives
Positive words can stimulate our imagination and keep our attention. Too many negative words can make the audience sleepy, sad, or uninterested. However, be careful not to use the same words over and over again.
5. Use emotional words
This is probably another great way to connect with the audience AND have them remember your presentation. The emotion that is created does not matter – it can be happy, sad, exciting, upsetting etc. Presentations that provoke emotion are memorable. To create the “emotion,” you can ask the audience to imagine a situation. Remember how many of the TED talks ask the audience to “imagine a situation”? It’s a great trick to involve the audience!
If you have any other suggestions for a good presentation, feel free to leave a comment and share with the others!