10 Fun and Interesting Presentation Ideas

Every business person has to do a presentation at some point in their career. For most people, this can be a very stressful and anxious experience to go through. Here are a few presentation ideas that can take some stress off and make your presentation into one your audience will enjoy.

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1. Local color

One of the first things you want to accomplish is to get people’s attention and bring them in. You can do this by saying something humorous or interesting about the town or place you are in. It can be something you noticed, the local weather, the town’s sport team, or anything else that somehow relates to your listeners. Saying something about the people you are with is also a great idea. Such references will not only lighten and ease the mood, but they will also make your audiences feel more favorable towards you because they will see that you took the time to pay attention to their city or group.

2. Getting over the nerves

The key to getting over your nerves is getting through the first few minutes. After all, if you can make it through two minutes of public speaking, you can definitely make it to the end of your presentation. The great news is that you can, and should, spend these first few minutes talking about the local color. This is something you can rehearse and memorize beforehand, and it’s something you won’t feel so stressed talking about. Once you get through your two minutes of the local color talk, your audience will be laughing and feeling more favorable towards you, and you will feel more confident about yourself.

3. Be visually profound

Some public speaking coaches are against using slides and images. It’s true that in some cases slides really are not very appropriate, but in others – they can make your presentation that much more interesting and fun.

Adding an eye-catching or funny visual to a presentation can make the audience take notice of the speaker and their presentation, and remember you once the presentation is over. Nowadays, adding visuals to presentations is easier than ever. The web is full of free and low-cost images, and even animations that can be added to your presentation.

4. Use visual prompts, not bullets

It’s no longer 2005 and presenters don’t talk from a list of bullet points. However, talking for an hour or so is not that easy and visual prompts can be a real lifesaver. So, include large graphics in your presentation, but don’t let them take it off topic.

5. Get your audience involved without putting them on the spot

Involving the audience is fantastic, but only if you can get a response from them. After all, asking a question and getting total silence is not very pleasant. So, get your audience involved without putting them on the spot with simple questions that just get them to raise their hands. You can ask something like: how many of you use Facebook?

6. Every 7 minutes, do something to attract attention

Most people have an attention span of about seven minutes. No matter how good you presentation is, after seven minutes your audience’s minds start to wander away from you. Your job is to bring them back by doing some form of intervention every seven minutes. This can be a question that gets them involves, a cool photo, or a joke. Such an intervention should be different from the rest of your speech, or else you will not get their attention. Sometimes it’s enough to dramatically change your voice or physically change your position.

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7. Practice until you don’t need to look at the slides

You want your presentation to go as smoothly as possible, and that takes practice. So practice your speech over and over again until it rolls off the top of your tongue and you no longer need to look at the slides for help. It is also crucial that you get the timing right and have time to finish before your time is over. It’s fine to finish earlier than the time limit, but not later. It will make the organizers and your audience happy if you don’t go over your allotted time.

8. Entertain your audience

One of the biggest misconceptions people have is believing that public speaking is just like teaching. It is not. What people expect when they attend a presentation is some entertainment. In fact, when you look at good public speakers, they seem more like entertainers than teachers. Interestingly enough, it’s the entertainment that makes them good teachers.

9. Collect stories

This may seem surprising but most of the best speakers don’t create their speeches from scratch. Instead, they collect various stories from their careers and put them in a speech in such a way that benefits the listeners. Bill Clinton, who is one of the highest paid speakers in the world, has a whole stack of notecards with stories on them. He puts them together right before each of his speeches. So, make sure to collect enough stories to connect with different audiences.

10. Give a two-minute warning

For most standard presentations, it’s appropriate to do a Q&A session. However, you do not want to face dead silence and an audience that has not yet come up with questions. So, give them a clue or warning that you are almost finished with your presentation and will be taking their questions in a few minutes. Urge your listeners to use these two minutes to start coming up with questions for you. This is usually a fantastic trick that works for everyone except college undergraduates. You shouldn’t expect them to ask many questions because to them, someone who is asking questions is keeping everyone else from leaving the room.

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