Great Speakers’ Secrets

To give a presentation in front of a live audience that people are going to remember you need to know these eight secrets.

TIGHT THEME – Hit your audience with a headline – This is a clear, concise theme that should run through your talk. It should be short enough to be memorable…. AND tweetable – so less than 140 characters – here is an example:  Do You Know Your Why?

STUNNING STORIES – If you can describe the customer’s emotions or how the user feels – it’s more like a story – and it’s much more engaging for your audience.  In a social setup, think about the person telling a story.  They have the attention of people around them and the crowd is listening.  Humans have been telling stories for thousands of years because

it works!  If you can’t tell a story, at least limit your information to 3 things – tops! That’s all that anybody is likely to remember.

SIMPLE STATS – When you have big numbers, simplify them so that people can understand them better.  2 million  trees are cut down every year, is a big number.  Put it simply “That’s nearly 5,500 trees every day! – which is an incredible amount”.

INCREDIBLE IMAGES – Used big, bold, clear, simple images. Consider never used more than 2 images on a presentation slide.  High-quality images make a good impression.  Always check your images displayed on a projector screen and not on your computer screen.

LIMIT TEXT – Reduce and edit your text to only the essential words that clearly communicate your message. Nobody wants to see lines and lines of boring text.  It looks so much more powerful and allows the audience to hear what you are saying when they only see limited text on the screen.  The mistake most speakers make is that they use PowerPoint as their notes.   Only use key-words on slides

SMILE – Great speakers have fun and they smile frequently during their presentations.  When you send out a smile it comes back to you. If you physically engage with your audience, you will also engage them mentally. If you look like you’re having fun, your audience probably will too. Smiling shows enthusiasm and when connected with exaggerated body language, your audience will be drawn into your enthusiasm.  To top if off  with impacting language for example – fantastic, amazing, incredible, extraordinary.  When you are excited, it’s difficult for your audience to resist.

MAGIC MOMENT – In your presentation, you should have one magic moment that you build up to that stands out – it’s your climax.  This is when you tell them the very best thing about your presentation.  Build up to the moment and try not to rush it.  A truly magic moment is difficult to forget.

TRANSITIONS – Even if you can present like one of the greats, in a long presentation, your listeners might lose focus for a minute here or there. So, it’s incredibly important to have informative transitions that tell your audience what you are going to talk about. And then just after, summarise the important information that you want them to remember, for example… “Now we are going to look at some of the amazing features of ….” After each main point, try to summarise… So that’s the features.  Make sure before you continue and move on, not to loose your audience

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