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How To Make Your Next Presentation Unforgettable

How To Make Your Next Presentation Unforgettable

Presentation plays a vital role in representing an individual or company’s core values, innovations and efficiency. Every business and enterprise requires unique presentation in front of people in order to stand out from the rest and to build a confidence in people.

Giving a presentation in front of a group of people, including bosses, clients and people worldwide that are connected via teleconference is one of the toughest things you’ll have to do. During such a critical situation the major thing is to MAINTAIN CONFIDENCE. It doesn’t matter if your presentation is good or bad, if you are confident enough only then are you capable of sharing your ideas and can convince others. There are a few easy steps to make your presentation effective, interactive and memorable:

Vary sound, sight and evidence

Diversify your presentation material in order to keep the audience attentive with variation in your evidence, voice and visuals. By adding diversity while speaking and volume rate, you keep your audience’s attention and inspire them to tune in. By talking expressively and conversationally, your passion will shine.

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Inject your presentations with emotional words, like “excited.” With practice, you’ll feel more comfortable with this type of vocal variety. Rehearse your presentation and you will get confidence.

Fluctuating the kind of evidence you use to support claims in your presentation is vital. Presenters used to rely on their favorite kind of evidence, like stories or data. Both quantitative and quantitative academic exploration has found triangulating your support delivers more memorable results. Consequently, try to deliver three diverse kinds of evidence, such as a testimonial, a data point and a story. This will conveniently strengthen your argument.

In order to intensify the variety of your nonverbal delivery (movement and gestures), record yourself while delivering a presentation during rehearsal, then play the recording and practice your gestures/movements. You can add variation to body movements and gestures without the distraction of speaking.

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Know your audience

Being a presenter, your job is to assist your audience and make it easy for them to understand your message without any hurdles. Avoid delivering numbers devoid of context, because this makes it hard for the audience to understand the relevance.

An additional method to make things relevant is by connecting your presentation theme with information the audience already knows. You can activate the audience’s mental constructs by comparison of advanced information with something the audience already knows about.

Rehearse your presentation for better output

Rehearse your presentation again and again as many times as possible, and consequently you will get better. In this way you overcome your fear of forgetting some ideas or fear of lack of confidence. You must also be neatly dressed. Audiences are going to notice you and what you say, so it is always good to “put the best foot forward” for the day.

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Read the mindset of the audience

You should be capable of judging or studying the mindset of the clients/audiences who will be attending your presentation. You must be confident with the topic of the presentation and solve all the doubts related to it. So if your audience asks you a question, you should be capable of answering it.

Make them care

Emotionally-charged messages are more easily remembered by people than fact-based messages. Our emotional reactions have a fast roadway to our long-term memory. Try to bring some sort of emotion into your presentation to make it effective. Your tone and style should be compatible with the emotional impact. You should practice in front of those groups who can give feedback so you can make yourself as perfect as possible.

By adding emotion and variety, you can be sure the audience will remember it for a long time. The way you present leaves a strong impact on the audience. Amplify your positive impact on the audience by using these techniques and approaches.

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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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What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

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Can I Be Creative?

The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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How Creativity Works

Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

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Creativity Needs an Intention

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Start Connecting the Dots

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