Thursday, May 1, 2008

Are You Bored?

Here's a thought...if something is boring you, then it is probably you. As a presenter, just because you prepared it does not give you the right to deliver it. Don't be afraid to ask your audience for feedback whenever you sense things are not going as planned. Great presenters remain flexible. Always be able to shift topics or put an end to your presentation. No one has the right to waste precious time and attention.

1 comment:

Terry Gault said...

Following these two basic principles during presentations will usually help to keep your audience involved.

KISS: Keeping your presentations simple, will always help to make the problem seem simple and your solution effective and quick. Don’t get too bogged down in the technical details (unless this is specifically what they have asked for). Instead, focus on the over-arching ways that your product can help support their needs, as well as their customers needs. This brings me to the second principle.

WIIFM?: This principle is pertinent in any business interaction. You must always pay attention to and try to highlight what is in it for them: i.e. what positive benefits can they expect from your product. This should always be in your conclusion, if not a central part of your whole presentation.

Thanks for the post!