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So you've looked at your presentation and it's just a bit, well, 'meh'. What you need is to make it memorable! Let Alex show you a few ways to spruce up your slides and make your audience remember you with this quick insight video.
So you've looked at your presentation and it's just a bit meh. What you need is to make them memorable! Let Alex show you a few ways to spruce up your slides or make your audience remember you with this quick insight.
In this chapter, I am going to talk about three things that will help make your presentation more memorable. The first topic we are going to cover is slides. Slides, done properly, are the most powerful tools that you have, yet so many people fail to get them right.
Slides: Tips on Using Slides
So many people cram too much information onto one slide. One slide should tell the audience one thing and they should be able to figure out the message of that slide within 3 seconds. Ask your friends - do they get the point? If they don’t, then change it.
What if you feel like your slide has got a lot to say? How do you deal with that? Well the answer is in “masking”. It draws the focus to the part of the slide you want the audience to pay attention to. Here are a couple of examples of how you can use masking to your advantage in your presentation.
Everyone loves a good list. The problem is the audience will be too busy reading what the slide says rather than paying attention to you
Here is how you can create focus on a list slide (view slide on screen). Notice how you are immediately drawn to one item on that list.
In this image (view TED slide there is lots to look at, yet the chances are the point you are making in your presentation only refers to a particular part of the image. Again, using masking, look how your eyes are drawn to one part of the screen. The audience can register it and return to focus on the star of the show - you.
Props are a great way to make your presentation stand out. Why? So few people use them. Bring an item that means something to you, if you talking about your life story. Photographs, books, these are things that are really powerful and will enhance the story you might be telling. Today I have brought a prop along. It is the talking stick and this is a very useful tool to use when you are rehearsing. It will change your body language. You cannot help feel more powerful when you are carrying it. You might see comedians using their mic stands watching comedy, it gives them confidence and helps them with their power poses.
Break the rules
Audiences cannot help fall in love with people who break the rules. Whether it is handing out prizes (e.g. sweets) to people who answer questions correctly, or getting off the stage to immerse yourself with the audience. I know speakers who have even asked the audience to give themselves a massage before the presentation starts. There are the things that will make your talk memorable and the audience will not forget it.
This insight video is part of the Powerful Presentations course.