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?

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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  • @Nancy Boudreaux Yes, I am also not used to CAPITALS.
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  • Why are all the words in CAPITALS? I never use that in my slides. For emphasis, I may use a larger font, or bold and shadow the word/words. I'll even use a different color font sometimes, but I hate to use all capitals. It's hard to read, and it is as if you are screaming at your audience.
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  • I added this presentation to a recent blog post about this topic.
    Nice job guys!
    http://www.cadensee.com/Medical-Devices-Marketing/2014/05/ways-to-start-a-presentation-to-doctors/
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  • 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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  • I like, thank you
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5 killer ways to open up your next presentation

  1. KILLER WAYS5TO OPEN UP YOUR NEXT PRESENTATION
  2. Statistics say you have 6o to capture the attention of an audience seconds
  3. IT'sCrucial to understand the importance of grasping an audience's attention in the first moments of a talk
  4. your opening lines set the tone of the overall performance so a great opener will prepare & intrigue the audience to ensure that your message is effectively received
  5. So, how to enchant an audience right off the bat?
  6. 1.STORIES 1990
  7. 1990 1995 Fish-birth 1st day of fish-school we crave stories because we all have them
  8. 2000 2013 Fish-birthday BIGFISH graduation proposing this shared experience with your audience allows them to identify with you on a personal level
  9. future Just remember to keep the story relevant to the requested topic/event you were asked to speak about in order to maximize effectiveness
  10. 2.questions
  11. A simple “How’s everyone doing?” opens up a forum of sorts for the audience, empowering them and making them more receptiveto your message.
  12. ? A question also makes the audience think for themselves about a topic that you control.
  13. This is a great way to set and reinforce the agenda of your choice while giving the audience a sense of power.
  14. 3.quotes
  15. Referencing the words and thoughts of an expert in relation to your message is useful for establishing an overarching theme or general idea about the topic.
  16. You are imparting wisdom on your audience while creating a segue into your own topic.
  17. Just make sure you follow up the quote with an explanation of how it empowers your topic and how it is relevant.
  18. 4.statistics
  19. When used correctly, statistics can be very effective in illuminatingyour topic. The key is to use veryclear, accurate and relevant information in order to truly engage your audience.
  20. A solid statistic places your incoming message in a concrete, irrefutable and trusted frame of reference.
  21. Data not only provides your presentation with a trusted source, but also lends credibilityto everything you say thereafter.
  22. 5.jokes
  23. extremely powerful and is often used effectively. A good joke can loosen up your audience and make them more receptiveto you as a person as well as to your message. Humor is
  24. that humor is Highly volatile. A bad joke can be worse than no joke at all. be warned though, !
  25. Make sure you have a scope for your target audience before you dive into a dud of a joke.
  26. Use these techniques in your next presentation to prepare ,engage ,control and entertainyour audience.
  27. Like all things, these methods are only suggestions and their effectiveness depends heavily on delivery.
  28. Make them your own, and you will appear more natural and fluid in your performance.

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