Despite how you feel, the goal of your presentation is not to get to the end.
Despite what you think, the audience is not gagging for you to read your bullet points to them.
Despite what you’ve been told, the attendees didn’t come to lay witness to your awesome PowerPoint skills.
Don’t forget this one crucial thing in your presentation:
People want to be spoken to, interacted with, engaged, and treated as humans themselves.
So, the trick to an awesome presentation is simple:
What do I mean by “be human”?
When you speak, do it the same way you would if you were in a discussion at work or in a regular social conversation. That means varied vocal tone, a level of enthusiasm about the subject matter, and natural body language.
Presentations have become ceremonious. It’s all about the slides and just getting through it to reach the end. These focuses work against the human element of a presentation and the audience and subject matter suffer as a result.
Take a Steve Jobs presentation or a TED Talk, and change the speaker’s behavior to mirror that of a presenter in business. Replace the imagery in their slides with the bullet points we see everyday in business. We have just removed the engaging, human element.
To do an awesome presentation that will have you, and your subject matter, remembered do what 99.9% of business people are unwilling or unable to do: be human.
What do you think? What was the last business presentation you attended like? Let’s chat in the comments below.