Be forceful and concise in your presentation

Your audience does not want to hear a mousy or timid speaker. Whatever you do, don’t let them see you sweat. You may be the world’s expert on the topic at hand, if your audience sees you sweat, some of them will think that’s because you are not sure of your subject.

This judgment is probably unfair to you. But perception is reality.

Your audience will always expect you to have more knowledge than they do on your presentation topic. After all, that’s why they show up to hear youn give a talk on your ideas. When they sense that you are nervous and seemingly unsure of yourself, they will tune you out and reject your ideas altogether.  Remember that people seldom buy an idea without first buying the originator of that idea. They will judge your ideas by the way you present them.

Another tip: It is not necessary for you to cover all possible combinations and permutations in your presentation. You employ a technique known as “cognizant omission” used by many professional speakers. For example: You start by telling your audience that you have looked at all possible scenarios and you have narrowed them down to three that are worthy of further discussions. In that way, no one in the audience is going to think that you have ignored or overlooked some salient points of your argument.

2 responses to “Be forceful and concise in your presentation

  1. Thanks for the tips. Definately, worth a visit every week. I will add you to my blogroll. I deal a lot with presentations for academic purposes but also for professional presentations and i have found some good ideas to implement imediately.

  2. I am playing catch-up on the blogs… great hint here!
    In a new job, and having to do a weekly update talk, I was accused of spending too long (a couple of minutes) doing a ‘story so far’ before starting on the new content of my presentation. After a week or two people began to say how useful it was to be reminded of the complexity of the project territory and how we were exploring it and the practice began to spread, actually saving time by aligning people with where we were.

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