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The Power of Personal Presentations

Presentation I give a lot of presentations, and I would like to think that I’ve gotten better at it over time. Still there’s always room for improvement. In a recent post to Association Media & Publishing’s blog, corporate improv skills coach Scott Topper addressed 10 common concerns presenters often encounter. As I reviewed them, I was particularly interested in his emphasis on making presentations personal.  Here are some highlights:
  • Ask questions as you go along so that the audience feels engaged.
  • Resist the temptation to read your slides aloud to your audience.
  • Communicate with sincerity to connect with your audience.  
  • Remember your head, eyes, and facial expressions usually convey your true feelings.
  • Share your enthusiasm about your subject.
  • Be sure to take time to personally meet several audience members before and after your speech.
  • Develop an emotional connection with your audience by sharing your personal experiences.
These are good reminders of all us who make presentations on a regular basis. Further, I agree with Topper’s overall advice about how best to keep people engaged: “It is important to talk about a subject you enjoy and that you know really well so that you can improvise and keep it light. By being yourself and telling a personal story or using appropriate humor, the audience will relate to you easier. Confidence comes with practice and your ability to give your speech with your own personal touch.”
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