A recent article, 3 Tricks to Get People to Actually Listen to Your Presentations by Stacey Hanke says that most of the meeting attendees are so familiar with a boring routine of a lengthy PowerPoint presentation and a presenter is just painfully reading from the slide deck. Thus, 71 percent of people say that the meetings they attend are just a waste of time.
Here are three ways to host an audience-engaging presentation in meeting space Orlando.
- Catch your audience attention from the start.
Attendees have short attention spans and will swiftly leave if they are not captivated from the start. Therefore, open your presentation with a short story relevant to your topic. Sharing an interesting story is an awesome way to get your audience engagement, helping them relate to the topic in a personal way.
- Stop talking to your slides.
When using PowerPoint, use brief bullet points, illustrations and images. Try not to use more than one image or more than three bullet points at a time. Stop talking when you go to the next slide to allow your audience read the data. Science says that the brain is not capable of consciously listening and reading at the same time, so be quite long enough for them to read and understand the slide. Then black out the screen before you start talking to allow you to re-engage without competing for their attention.
- Know the timing of your audience participation.
Questions and answers have their place, so decide when that best fit into your presentation. If you allow open questions, engage the audience by inviting them to do so during topic transitions. Let them finish their questions before launching into your answer. Connect with their eyes and listen attentively. Their question may encourage others to participate, as well.
- Create an impressive takeaway.
Recapping what you have said encourages listeners to check out. Instead, share an impactful data point that benefits your audience. If you open with a story, don’t hesitate to wrap up your presentation with a story as well. This story shouldn’t present the problem, but instead should emphasize how the attendee will benefit from acting on what you shared.
Presentations are not just about sharing facts, information and statistics. They must be passionate, relevant and engaging. So when booking a meeting room, ensure to know how many people you will be inviting, how long the meeting is to last, and what technology you will need. All of these affect which meeting room is perfect for you. YourOffice Orlando is a leader in providing the most prestigious fully serviced office space Orlando and meeting space Orlando for any size business. Convenient, hassle free, and move in ready- our offices, meeting rooms, and conference rooms are designed to meet your business’ every need.
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