Effective Presentations: Keeping the audience’s attention

Effective Presentations: Keeping the audience’s attention

Effective Presentations: Keeping the audience’s attention

Especially if you’ve been allocated a dead hour of an agenda – i.e. 3:00pm when everyone’s energy is waning, how do you ensure your audience is paying attention? Here are some sure-fire ways to get eyes on you and brains switched on.

 

minimising distractions

  1.  The first three minutes are critical.  Open your presentation with a compelling first sentence/opening story.
  2. Use the power of the pause.  Before you say your first words, focus on an audience member about halfway back and wait a moment.  The pause will get attention at any stage of the presentation, but it is a great opener.
  3. Structure your presentation.  At strategic spots, summarise your central theme and repeat your main points.  Don’t have too many key points, you’ll lose them.
  4. Your audience will react well to visuals.  At the end of your talk bring back your best visual when you sum up – this way your audience is reminded of the main ideas verbally and visually.
  5. Prepare a memorable conclusion.  People tend to leave with the most recent information uppermost in their minds.  Make it work for you.