Delivering a memorable talk is easier than you may think.
Below you will find some effective tips on designing presentations that will leave a long-lasting impression in the minds of your audience members.
- Record Your Experiences
You do not need to carry a pen and notebook with you everywhere you go, but you do need to get in the habit of recording your thoughts throughout the day. There are many benefits to this practice. Presenters can really reap the advantages of keeping note of their experiences while the details are fresh.
As I have mentioned in several of my other articles, stories are a critical component of powerful and profound presentations. Why? Because stories are undeniably more noteworthy than facts and data.
However, finding an appropriate story for a talk is not always easy without a readily available source of inspiration. Often, you are forced to dig deep into your mind to bring stories from the past back into the forefront of your thoughts.
To make this process easier, take note of important occasions in your life so that they will be at your fingertips when you need them.
2. Write As You Speak
When you write and deliver presentations using everyday language rather than jargon, acronyms, or unnecessarily technical words, your presentation will be much more enjoyable for the audience.
A fundamental rule of thumb I recommend is that if your grandmother cannot understand it, discard it.
Yes, this idea is fairly straightforward, and seemingly obvious. However, it is seldom implemented. Presenters often opt to not write their presentations as they speak because they want to sound important or add credibility to their message.
Ensure that your presentation is credible by doing your research, re-evaluating your facts, using professional slides, and displaying confidence and amiability while presenting. Do not try to prop up your presentation by using fancy words if you can communicate the same message using simpler terms.
I think we can all agree that when you can easily follow along with the materials of a presentation, you are much more likely to recall what was said. The reverse is true as well; it is easy to forget something if it was difficult to understand.
3. Provide Clarity
If you truly want your audience to enjoy and remember your presentation, you need to be clear in your language and logic. The harder you make your audience work to understand your language and logic, the less likely they are to pay attention.
In addition, even the most attentive audience members can struggle to recall your presentation if you fail to clearly communicate what you want them to retain.
Be descriptive when you explain important elements of your presentation. When you paint an articulate picture for your audience, they will have no trouble recollecting exactly what you want them to remember.
For your next presentation, do the heavy lifting for your audience. Minimize the number of facts and stats in your presentation. Rather, use stories to add meaning to analytics and technical language.
Also, take the time to assess weak areas in your presentation. Add clarity to the parts of your presentation that are open to misinterpretation. As the presenter, it is your responsibility to deliver an unforgettable experience that the audience will always remember.