There are a few well-used techniques
which are guaranteed to add strength to your presentations.
One to one contact
The best way to build trust and acceptance is use eye contact
with your audience. Treat each person as if you were talking
to him or her personally. Depending on the size of the group,
make eye contact with each person. It the group is large,
sweep your eyes around the room as you talk.
Strong, accurate language
The following common mistakes weaken your presentation:
Using a passive voice "it is believed that". Instead
use an active voice "I believe that"
Using a negative form "did not have the confidence".
Instead use a positive form "mistrusted"
Using unnecessary words "new breakthrough", "current
status" instead of "breakthrough" and "status"
Using clichés "in the fullness of time". Cut out altogether.
Include audience participation in your presentation. It
draws attention, increases learning and builds interest
in your subject.
Ask questions and get audience to answer with a show of
hands or by shouting out Integrate questions into the presentation
- "what do you think is the next step".
Ask for questions from the audience - more exciting for
the audience is when you take questions as you go along.
If you do not feel comfortable with this leave until the
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