Everybody is excited and waiting for your speech. You are excited as well and want to get it behind you. The first couple of minutes are awesome, but suddenly your participants are looking more and more bored. What happened and what to do next?
1. Your viewers are not able to see the slides
There are various locations where your presentation could take place, such as classrooms, stages or remote. In all occasions, your viewers should be able to clearly see the slides. If you mention the very interesting fact written on slide five, after highlighting the graph on slide four, everybody should be able to see what you are talking about. At many places it is difficult to enable every single participant to see the slides. No matter if the room is suboptimal or if you have to stand in front of the projector because of the limited space, your audience will not be able to fully understand your talk. With new technologies which bring your slides directly on the devices of your audience, e.g. Beamium, you now have the power to change that.
2. Don’t forget to engage the audience
In case that your presentation is longer than 20 minutes, you should also think about some little tasks to engage your audience. Avoid to overwhelm your listeners with information. Try to engage them between all the important facts. Motivate your participants to ask questions at any time, make them laugh and play little games with them so that everybody feels as part of your presentation. However, you should be careful and avoid uncomfortable involvement for single audience members. Rather emphasize on the group engagement level.
3. Ill-prepared Q&A sessions don’t encourage involvement
Even if there was not much engagement during the presentation, there should be enough time at the end of your presentation to change that mistake. Highlight during your speech that there will be an exciting Q&A session at the end of your talk so that nobody leaves immediately after you have shown the last slide. The more controversial the topic of your presentation is, the likelier it will be to get involvement from your listeners. Hence, it could be beneficial to include the one or other extreme perspective in your speech at a certain topic. Maybe you find a chance to use some digital presentation tools where questions can be asked online. This allows every person – no matter about the individual’s personality – to ask questions safely and increases the likelihood of a successful Q&A.
4. Analyze your presentation to make it even better next time
In the best case, you will be able to turn the situation around and suddenly everybody gets highly involved. What a great move from your side if you are able to turn the bored faced into excited ones. Don’t worry if you are not able to do that this time – it is pretty tough. But you should try everything to make it better at the next presentation. Try to get as much feedback about your performance as possible. Getting direct feedback will again be very difficult. But if you use new presentation technologies for getting in touch with your audience on a new, digital level, you can benefit from extra feedback. Which slide did your audience like most? Where was the most engagement? Find it out after your presentation and boost your performance with tools such as Glisser, Beamium, SlideShare or Buzzmaster!
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