Use these tips to create your own winning talk:
1. Know your audience. Think about what people are interested in, not in what you want them to be interested in. For instance, if your going to speak to an audience about money, it would be safe to assume that a vast majority of the audience would want to know how to increase their wealth. So if you have created wealth people would naturally be interested in how you achieved this and not want to listen to how someone else achieved it.
2. Know your message. If you don’t have a key principle or point to convey, your talk will drift aimlessly and your speech will come across as empty.
3. Have stories to illustrate your points. Stories entertain as well as educate. Learn how to stuff your presentation with delightful and humorous stories that happened to illustrate your key points. Delivering your
principles or message without stories will make you sound lifeless and boring. Breathe life into your speech with relevant stories.
4. Use visual props. Regardless of the mindless machine raging against power points, they can help to prompt you, appeal to visual learners and support additional materials to add value of keeping people interested.
5. End with a bang. Psychologists say people will remember the opening and the ending of your talk more than any other part of your speech. If you want people to remember you, end your presentation on a memorable note. I like to tell stories that inspire people.
Survival Pointers to consider when preparing your presentation:
Editing your Conversation
Appropriately Sharing Yourself with Others
Making the Most of Meetings
Dealing with Sticky Situations
Planning Your Presentation
The STARR Pattern
Limit Your Information
Your Speaking Voice
Add Punch to Your Presentation