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10 Pro Secrets To Have Memorable Presentations

10 Pro Secrets To Have Memorable Presentations

Great presentations are memorable, instructive and referenced for many years. Great presentations encourage and educate audiences. Most successful public speakers have refined their skills to deliver memorable presentations in front of a live audience. Here is a summary of the process to make your next presentation one your audience will never forget.

1. Show confidence

If you’re worried or nervous, to counteract your anxiety, show fictitious self-assurance. Stand up unconventionally, show a nice smile and strengthen your mindset with positive considerations. While giving or preparing for a presentation always remember the five P’s: prior planning prevents poor performance. The more you exercise, the more confident you will feel when giving presentations in front of the audience.

2. Make connections

Making connections with the audience can greatly help you in having memorable presentations. Be interactive by looking at the entire audience during your presentation. Smile at an unfamiliar person in the audience. Your subtle signals will make the presentation more like a conversation between associates than a formal presentation.

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3. Introduce yourself memorably

If you are going to give a presentation at an event, the organizer will most likely introduce you before your presentation. But don’t hinge on the organizer to endear you to the audience. Before you start your presentation, introduce yourself with one or two quick verdicts. Avoid repeating your resume for the introduction; instead, quickly inform your audience who you are and why they should pay attention to what you have to say.

4. Stay accessible

Select a social medium to connect with the people during and after the presentation. In social media, Twitter is a widespread choice because audience members might want to tweet something interesting or profound they have found in your presentation. As an alternative, you can either share your blog, website or email address.

5. Tell stories

Every Tom, Dick and Harry love a great story. Great presentations are not rational speeches; they feel like emotional descriptions conveyed in a sensational and engaging way. Engage and involve your audience by sharing information in the form of a story. Support your presentation with personal experiences, obstacles and achievements to exemplify your points.

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6. Practice delivery

A memorable presentation is so appealing that it makes the presenter forget about himself and become captivated in the presentation. Rehearse your presentation over and over until you remove the interference including nerviness and prickly gaps. Pay full attention to your body language. Great presenters work this phase in a usual way.

7. Speak the language

Great presentations don’t leave people pondering what you have said in the presentation. It might be appealing to say a few big words, but it would make your audience feel estranged. Always clarify terms, abbreviations and contractions.

8. Deep research

Having a memorable presentation that will never vanish from the minds of the audience, requires more than the usual information given in your presentation. Do deep research and find some significant fact beyond your topic. Give them the unexpected. Ambiguous and opposing information will raise heads and encourage discussion.

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9. Simple slides

Be careful about your presentation content. If you want your presentation to be unforgettable, don’t be like everyone else. Use simple slides in your presentation to highlight and emphasize key points.

10. Conclude with a call to action

Concluding with a call to action is something your audience can do immediately. Memorable presentations are inspiring, but people face hitches to apply that knowledge to their daily lives. To leave a sense of obligation share the results of your experience, victories and achievements. Inform your audience precisely how they can achieve similar outcomes.

Confidence, preparation and great listening skills are compulsory to end a fabulous and memorable presentation. “Always speak from the heart and tell the truth; it will delight some and surprise the rest.”

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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