I love reading the Presentation Zen blog. Here is a great post called, Advice for conference presenters: Be like Steve. They make a lot of great points on how to make your presentations more compelling and connected to your main messages (paying homage to the techniques of the great presenter, Steve Jobs).Whether your presentations are for 5 people in a meeting room or 500 people in a conference ballroom, if you are going to use PowerPoint (or better yet, Keynote) these are good tips. Here’s a sample:
"Keep It Visual"
Slides and other visuals should help you make your point easier to grasp quickly and retain for the audience. Don’t get bogged down in nitty-gritty details on a slide — we’re lucky if our audience remembers two-three key ideas from our talk the next day. There’s no point drowning them in superfluous details. Focus on what is most important. Remember, complex graphs, table, etc. usually work better in your takeaway documents.
"Exude Passion, Energy, and Enthusiasm"
If you are asking people to sit for 20 minutes or an hour for your talk, it must be important. Right? And if it’s important, you sure as heck must have a passion for the subject. Show that energy, show your enthusiasm. If it were only about giving information, sending a well-written document may be more effective. But it is not only about the transfer of information, it is about selling your ideas. And that selling is done better live. Non-verbal communication is powerful; don’t waste the opportunity to make a real connection.