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5 killer ways to open up your next presentation

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Did you know modern statistics state that you have 60 seconds or less to capture your audience’s attention? ...

Did you know modern statistics state that you have 60 seconds or less to capture your audience’s attention?

You’ve might have heard it before, but maybe not in terms of presentations. It’s crucial to understand the importance of grasping an audience’s attention in the first moments of a talk. Your opening lines set the tone for your overall performance, so a great opener will prepare and intrigue the audience and ensure that your message is effectively received.

So, how do you enchant an audience right off the bat?

Here are 5 methods that we have found work the best for beginning a presentation.

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  • chadden1 Craig Hadden, Instructional designer at American Express Thanks – some good ideas here. I especially like the idea of using a story, and to me, intriguing everyone (slide #4) is key.

    With asking questions though, “How’s everyone doing?” (#11) mightn’t go very far, because people might well reply “Fine, thanks” – if they respond at all.

    What about asking a question to provoke thought, like “If you could attract higher-value clients, how would that change your approach to your business?” Then you could say “Well in this session you’ll learn a 3-step process to do just that.”

    For more, please see below – comments and backlinks are always very welcome:
    http://j.mp/1paV0oN
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  • rulsanchez1 Rul Sànchez at Wasser I like, thank you 3 months ago
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  • sophiarobinson58 Sophia Robinson at Nazareth School of Nursing Mokama very interesting.. thanks a lot.. 9 months ago
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  • EnVeritasGroup EnVeritasGroup at EnVeritas Group Excellent presentation. I will be promoting this one on your social pages. I really like how you concisely stated each necessary point and really laid the groundwork for a great presentation. I will be showing this to our team as well as we go into presentation season this coming Fall, Winter, and so on. Thanks! 9 months ago
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  • mercedescastroayerbe Mercedes Castro Ayerbe thanks! 10 months ago
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  • arrowfx Ivan Sonavia at Foredimax.Com Very cool! 10 months ago
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  • NinningJal Ninning Jal, HSEC Specialist Awesome!!! I like it alot, going to put to use immediately. 10 months ago
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  • DaveAPride David Pride, Social Media and Relationship Marketing Specialist at Social Impressions This was great, thank you. 10 months ago
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  • JuanMansfieldR Juan Mansfield R Good and to the point. No waist. I liked it. 10 months ago
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