Before making your next presentation, consider these tips from Michelle D. Gladieux, author of the new book, Communicate With Courage:
- Succinct stories that illicit emotional response are great hooks.
- Vary your voice to capture attention: modulate volume, rate, pitch, pace, and tone.
- Comparisons and analogies are powerful. Ask questions, such as, “What does what I’m sharing remind you of?” Use the questions to help your audience, smell, or sense what you’re describing.
- Repetition builds retention. State your most important point more than once.
- Move while you present. Make eye contact, a true show of courage. It’s a vital connection. If you don’t meet your audiences’ gaze, they are not likely to believe you.
- Pause occasionally to let all the great information you just said sink in.
- Add pictures and quotes into your presentations.
And, finally, ask others about what you did well and could have done better after you speak.