Take Your Virtual or In-Person Presentations to the Next Level With These Tips

Aug 3, 2023 | Communication, Presenting

Everyone has the potential to be a compelling speaker or presenter, and effective communication is critical to accomplish this. Developing strong communication skills requires preparation, practice, audience awareness, and establishing connections. While good communicators convey information well enough, truly compelling speakers inspire and leave a lasting impression on their audiences.

Some tips to elevate your presentation skills include:

1. Be interesting

Yes, many presenters bore audiences as their content isn’t riveting. To captivate your virtual and in-person audiences, be a storyteller of sorts. Don’t simply read slides, create an arc of information to take your audience on a journey. This may sound impossible, but trust me, you can make any information more interesting with a clear beginning, middle and end along with some personal elements interwoven in.

2. Stay relevant

Ensure your content is pertinent to your audience. What do they need and want to hear from you? If you are giving a speech to a new audience, do some research on who they are (industry, region, demographics) to better understand what you can tell them to keep them engaged and interested as well as what will leave them inspired to take action.

3. Connect and engage

Establish an immediate rapport by asking thought-provoking questions that pique curiosity. Embrace audience participation and create a dynamic environment that fosters interaction and learning. If you sense disengagement, adapt your approach, and encourage audience participation to re-engage them.

4. Create something memorable

Interact with your audience, ask questions, and provide relatable stories. Keep them engaged, leaning in, and fully present to take in your message by building a genuine connection with them.

In a world where everyone claims thought leadership, becoming a truly compelling presenter requires leaving a lasting impression. By making your presentations better with these tips, you can engage virtual and in-person audiences authentically and inspirationally.

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Paul Bramson
Paul Bramson

Paul Bramson is renowned as a powerhouse on keynote stages and in training arenas. He is widely regarded as being one of the most impactful speakers, trainers and C-suite coaches in the world today. Paul is recognized as a leading authority and thought leader in the areas of communication, leadership and sales boasting media mentions in Forbes, Fast Company, Fortune, BuiltIn, Yahoo, and MSN. With an extensive 25-year tenure, Paul has continually ignited and empowered professionals, leaders, and teams across all echelons. His ability to captivate and engage audiences originates from an authentic zeal, unique aptitudes, and an unyielding dedication to professional and personal enhancement.