Presentations – and what you didn’t think about.

17 Jan

So, I’m about to do another presentation. I have witnessed many, watched myself, and even watched videos about good presentation techniques, but I haven’t asked ChatGPT for it’s ideas for what one should or should not do while presenting. Well, here are some responses.

Need to know presentation techniques:

  1. Know your audience: Understand who your audience is and what they are interested in. This will help you tailor your presentation to their needs and interests.
  2. Define your purpose: Determine the purpose of your presentation, whether it’s to inform, persuade, or entertain. This will help you stay focused and organized.
  3. Structure your content: Create a clear and logical structure for your presentation that includes an introduction, body, and conclusion. This will help your audience follow along and retain information.
  4. Use visuals: Incorporate visual aids such as charts, graphs, images, and videos to help illustrate your points and keep your audience engaged.
  5. Practice: Practice your presentation several times before delivering it. This will help you feel more confident and prepared, and identify any areas that may need improvement.
  6. Engage your audience: Encourage interaction with your audience by asking questions, using humor, and allowing for feedback. This will help keep them engaged and invested in your presentation.
  7. Be mindful of your body language: Pay attention to your posture, facial expressions, and tone of voice. This can convey confidence and enthusiasm, or anxiety and disinterest.
  8. Manage your time: Be mindful of the time allotted for your presentation, and pace yourself accordingly. This will help you stay on track and ensure you cover all of your key points.
  9. Summarize your main points: End your presentation with a summary of your main points and a clear call to action. This will help reinforce your message and leave a lasting impression on your audience.

I said, “This is ok, but I want better, out of the box ideas” and I got this back:

Some little-known but masterful techniques to make great presentations:

  1. Start with a story: Begin your presentation with a compelling story that relates to your topic. This will help capture your audience’s attention and create an emotional connection.
  2. Use the rule of three: Incorporate the rule of three when presenting information. This means grouping information into three parts, which is easy for the audience to remember and helps to reinforce your message.
  3. Utilize the power of silence: Pause for a few seconds between sentences or after making a key point. This creates a sense of anticipation and allows your audience to digest the information.
  4. Use props: Incorporate props such as objects, models, or visual aids to illustrate your points. This can add a tactile and visual element to your presentation, making it more engaging.
  5. Incorporate humor: Use humor to lighten the mood and make your presentation more memorable. This can also help to ease any tension or anxiety that your audience may be feeling.
  6. Vary your tone and pace: Use vocal variety to keep your audience engaged. This includes varying your tone, pitch, and pace to add emphasis and create a dynamic presentation.
  7. Practice visualization: Visualize your presentation going well before you even step on stage. This can help to reduce anxiety and increase confidence.
  8. Use metaphors: Use metaphors to explain complex ideas in a simple and relatable way. This can make your presentation more accessible and easier to understand.
  9. End with a call to action: End your presentation with a clear call to action that encourages your audience to take action on what they have learned. This can help to create a lasting impact and inspire change.

And this was fine, but I wanted to push it even further, so it returned.

The best, the greatest presentation techniques that no-one uses but should:

  1. Mind mapping: Using mind mapping techniques to create a visual representation of your presentation can help you to organize your thoughts and ideas more effectively, and make it easier for the audience to understand complex topics.
  2. Use of silence and stillness: Using moments of silence or stillness can be a powerful tool to convey emotion or create suspense. It can also help to create a moment of reflection for the audience.
  3. Audience participation: Incorporating interactive elements into your presentation, such as quizzes or polls, can increase engagement and create a more memorable experience for the audience.
  4. Analogies and comparisons: Using analogies or comparisons can be an effective way to explain complex ideas in a more relatable way. It can also help to create a visual image in the audience’s mind, making the information easier to understand.
  5. Use of surprise: Adding unexpected elements, such as humor or props, can create an element of surprise and make your presentation more memorable. It can also help to break up monotony and keep the audience engaged.
  6. Use of contrast: Using contrasting elements, such as light and dark or sound and silence, can be a powerful tool to emphasize key points and create a more dynamic presentation.
  7. The power of the voice: Varying the tone, pitch, and volume of your voice can help to create a more dynamic and engaging presentation. This can also help to emphasize key points and keep the audience’s attention.

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