1. If you are not passionate about your
topic you cannot deliver a good
2. Passion is contagious. It will affect your
3. Do not ‘sell’ to your audience. ‘Help’
1. Stories work best when we need to persuade
2. Your audience will remember your stories for
a long time.
3. As per Aristotle we need three things to
persuade; Logic, Credibility & Emotions.
Most modern day presentations heavily lack
the emotional element.
4. Tell 3 types of stories. About yourself, about
others and stories of brands/companies.
1. Present as if you are talking to your audience. Be
2. Seek feedback when you rehearse your
presentation. The more you rehearse, the more
natural you will feel while presenting.
3. Focus on your verbal delivery. The speed of talking,
the pitch, the volume and the pauses.
4. Move around. Use hand gestures. Do not hold back.
1. Make your information exciting. Take the risk.
2. Our brain does not pay attention to boring
3. If your audience remembers only on thing,
what will it be? Come up with the core
message in one sentence (preferably in a
tweetable sentence). Being concise, will give
you clarity of thought.
1. Plan one moment in your presentation which
will remembered for a long time.
2. Surprise people or make them afraid. Make
them laugh or make them cry. Example: Bill
Gates had once released mosquitos in the
audience and sent a chill down their spine.
1. Our brain loves novelty but it also loves
2. Humor lowers your audiences defenses.
They become more receptive to your
3. Find humor in your story/anecdotes and not
in jokes. Stay relevant. Be true to yourself.
4. Sources of humor: Story, anecdote, quote,
video, analogy & photos.
1. 18 minutes is the ideal time to make a presentation.
2. If you have to present for more time, add a break
after every 10 minutes. As per research, human
attention plummets after 10 minutes. Break can be
a demo, an exercise or a video.
3. The lesser you talk the better. Forcing yourself to
talk less, brings clarity of thought and increases
audience understanding & retention.
1. See, hear, touch, smell and taste. Try to engage as
many senses of your audience as possible. Your
presentation will become more impactful.
2. Display information visually. Use pictures. Use very
few words every slide.
3. Have one theme per slide.
4. Give concrete examples and stay away from
5. Are people feeling what you want them to? Have a
blank slide so they give you 100% attention. Now
draw them in. Connect with them.
I have tried my best to summarize the lessons
for you. It’s best that you read the book and
learn first hand. Don’t give this book a miss.
Presentations Blogger & Consultant