Avoid a Snooze Fest Caused by Your Presentation

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They snooze; you lose. How to get your audience members to stay with you all the way to the end of your presentation.

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Avoid a Snooze Fest Caused by Your Presentation

  1. 1. ©Jo McRell 2011 Tips for Setting Up a Good Delivery
  2. 2. ©Jo McRell 2011 Has This Ever Happened to You?
  3. 3. ©Jo McRell 2011 Top 7 Reasons Your Presentation Is Boring 1. No connection with the audience 2. It’s just data, no story 3. It’s just opinion, no facts 4. No focus 5. Your slides are too busy 6. You’re reading from your slides 7. You’re not interested in your presentation
  4. 4. ©Jo McRell 2011 How Do You Fix It? • Preparation…yes, damn it. You have to. • Show some enthusiasm
  5. 5. ©Jo McRell 2011 Why Do You Need Preparation? I run on the road, long before I dance under the lights. - Muhammad Ali
  6. 6. ©Jo McRell 2011 How Do You Get Prepared? • Who is your audience? 20-year veterans subject experts hungover conference goers recent grads
  7. 7. ©Jo McRell 2011 How Do You Get Prepared? • What do they care about? 20-year veterans subject experts hungover conference goers recent grads
  8. 8. ©Jo McRell 2011 How Do You Get Prepared? • How can you connect? 20-year veterans subject experts hungover conference goers recent grads
  9. 9. ©Jo McRell 2011 Beginning Middle End How Do You Get Prepared? • What is the structure for your story? What is the transformation point? Transformation Point sum of parts, or proven successes, etc. that best delivers the punchline Building Credibility Catching Interest Always start with what the audience cares about most. It may not be you!
  10. 10. ©Jo McRell 2011 How Do You Get Prepared? • What are the facts that back up your story? Data are the supporting points of the story, not the story. Beginning Middle End Example, Shocking data, Interesting facts Data trends, Multiple examples Example of bad situation made good with supporting facts/data It’s not just good; it’s vital!
  11. 11. ©Jo McRell 2011 How Do You Get Prepared? • What is the call to action? Make it clear what you want the audience to do at the end of your presentation. Beginning Middle End Show me the money!
  12. 12. ©Jo McRell 2011 No Enthusiasm = Snooze Fest Bueller… Bueller…
  13. 13. ©Jo McRell 2011 Show Some Enthusiasm! If you’re not interested in your presentation, WHY would your audience be?
  14. 14. ©Jo McRell 2011 See. You actually made it to the end. Use responsibly. Well prepared presentations may elicit interested questions and incite audience members to action.

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