Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tips To Manage Attention During Your Presentation

Here are three tips to help manage attention during your next presentation:

  1. If you use PowerPoint, replace text with simple graphics. Your audience can process graphics much faster than text. This is especially helpful with multicultural audiences. Remember, you are the messenger, not PowerPoint.
  2. Close window blinds to hallways that have people walking by. Some folks can be so nosy!
  3. Don't hand out stacks of papers until the end of your presentation. If you must hand them out, do so in small chunks so what your saying is in sync with what they are seeing.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting how simple these things can be, yet few take time to notice (or, pay attention).

Kathy Larson said...

Your tips are incredibly helpful. By implementing just a few of the pointers you have provided, I have been able to have such a greater degree of impact when I present. I am amazed. During the last webinar, the host gave me a gold star for the best slides they had seen. Thank so much!

Harry Asmussen said...

I tried this simple to implement tip at a pension plan participant's meeting in mid Feb (had 25 to 40 attendees each for 3 days)- worked! As compared to what I recently experienced as an audience member at a company meeting a few weeks earlier.

Anonymous said...

I find handouts to only be useful if they help me take action to execute what has just been shared with me,orally or visually. Otherwise it's just gets thrown away or distracts me from the next presentation. dean krull