Presentations could be juvenile yet vulnerable..


It is my firm conviction that presentations in any form, catering to a larger spectrum of the elite and educative crowd has it’s own charismatic influence in a very subtle yet appealing manner. Many might beg to differ, but my stand on this aspect of the competency remains unruffled.

Presentations need not be very formal unless you are trying to rejuvenate yourself in front of a crowd that understands and means only ‘business’. Similarly, a jovial crowd could go berserk if they are not kept entertained by the exploits of the host/moderator. That is where the ‘WIFM’ factor comes in to the picture. ‘WIFM’ indicates ‘What’s in for me’ aspect in this whole episode that can either take you for a ride or enthrall you. So, inevitably, you would be the cynosure of all eyes, as the host and as an aspiring listener who has loads of expectations to deal with.

The following are a MUST for any presentation (not necessarily in the prescribed order):

  • Never have apprehensions, they could prove to be hindrances.
  • As a presenter, you are the boss and take charge nonchalantly. Be confident.
  • Keep the ‘WIFM’ factor in mind and stick to basics.
  • Thumb rule – Look in to the eyes of the audience and convey the acceptability factor.
  • Decide the mode of your presentation: Your oratory skills or the content displayed. Crowd would never be interested in both.
  • Always have the time in check; it’s obvious to get carried away but you do not have the prerogative to snatch somebody else’s allotment.
  • Keep the introduction short and sweet; do not let them count the chickens before they hatch.
  • Start emphatically and end with a purpose.
  • Interact with the target audience and make them feel comfortable; your intention is to engage them fruitfully, not to guide them to monotony.
  • Sense of humor is always an added advantage; never try to overdo it.
  • Never dominate but be assertive and remind them that you call the shots here.
  • Passion facilitates but emotions could deplete your vigor. Energy supplied should be used to gain momentum and garner the right content.

This is a result of my exposure to attain expertise and I am hopeful that it would add the required sheen to the fraternity of speakers who intend to deliver with panache.

msksmiles

Flamboyance meets me, and I could be contagiously luring. It kind of comes off in my writing, as my stories of passion and indulgence unfold.

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