Every presenter aims to deliver a memorable presentation to his audience, something that would create an impact on their lives or on their viewpoints. As a presenter, you are like the captain of the ship who maneuvers the vessel to the point of destination. In a presentation, apart from the challenge of attaining the objectives, it is also a challenge to keep the atmosphere lively and pleasant from start to finish.
As a presenter, it is imperative that you will have to answer questions such as, How will you set the right mood for your presentation? How will you manage to keep a good atmosphere all throughout?
For your audience to get that impressive feeling even at the onset, you have to impress them upon initial appearance through your manner of dressing. This means looking decent and professional in your attire. A confident look will additionally create a good impact.
Furthermore, creating a good atmosphere means creating your own presentation style, adding humor to your talk, and encouraging audience participation.
Create Your Presentation Style
When it comes to the presentation structure, we follow a logical arrangement and organization of ideas. But when we talk of delivery, there is no set of procedures to do this but there is style. Creating your own style of presentation involves making your presence noticed, the physical attributes, and sincerity in your words.
One of the techniques to develop presence to your audience is manifesting proper posture. It is best to stand when delivering a presentation and avoid being stationary. When discussing, walk around the room as if you do so with a purpose. But be careful not to walk back and forth as this shows nervousness.
The use of gestures adds life and vibrancy to your presentation. Adding gestures while speaking will help emphasize your words. When doing a presentation, do gestures as if you are engaged in an animated conversation. But keep yourself from looking overly animated. Otherwise, you will end up a laughing stock.
The voice is an important factor to consider in creating your presentation style. It is the medium we use to communicate our message. We all have different voice qualities, but we can play with our voices. Tone and volume are two very important attributes we should consider. You may have a well-structured presentation and brilliant ideas, but if the manner of delivery is lousy and monotonous, your audience will not have a spark of interest in listening to you. Create a variety on your tone, pace, and volume to promote a conversational voice.
Part of creating your delivery style is keeping sincerity in what you say. Do not utter anything you have no belief in. Your audience can notice that through the change in the voice and body language, even your facial expression.
Add Humor to Your Talk
If asked to make a presentation, usually what worries us is that our audience will eventually get bored, fall asleep, or walk out of the room. Adding humor to your presentation will create a lighter atmosphere and a livelier mood.
Humor has to be delivered subtly in a presentation because you are presenting a subject and not hosting a comedy show. When used properly, it can definitely attract audience’s attention. It breaks the dullness in a somewhat boring subject. Injecting humor in your speech also helps establish a good relationship with the audience.
Anecdotes can be a good way to start humor. But make sure not take another person’s anecdote as your own. If you have no story to share to your audience, pun or a clever play on words can also be a nice technique.
A good laugh may give the audience a nice icebreaker. But make sure that the humor you use is related to the subject or the topic. If used wisely, it may even instill a lesson to the audience.
Encourage Audience Participation
A presentation is a two-way street, just like communication. Though there may be times wherein you monopolize the talk, but in most instances, we encourage the audience to interact. This keeps the atmosphere interactive and lively. Come up with activities that will engage the audience. This will make them feel that they are part of the whole process and not just mere listeners. Get them into it and they will surely enjoy the experience.