What is the one tip you have learned that has made the greatest difference in the impact of your presentation?

Jennifer Kahnweiler, who is a “workplace guru” who speaks to leaders and aspiring leaders on how to strengthen their people skills. http://www.aboutyouinc.com/ posed this question on LinkedIn:

What is the one tip you have learned that has made the greatest difference in the impact of your presentation?

Great question!!!

Here is my response:

Hi Jennifer,

What was the one tip that made the greatest difference in the impact on my presentations was when I realized that it is not about me and what I was going to get out of the experience. Instead it was about what I was giving to the audience.

When I shifted my focus from what I am doing or saying to what the audience is receiving, everything changed.

I was less nervous and more effective.

Now, when I am developing new material, I customize  it with that audience in mind.

When I deliver my material I am more focused on the audience than myself. I look into their eyes and look for the “light bulbs” to come on.

Overall I view my presentations as a gift to the audience. A gift
that will hopefully, help make their business and life more successful.

I hope this helps.

Making a difference,

Richard Elmes CSP
The Sales Dating Guy
www.RichardElmes.com

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One thought on “What is the one tip you have learned that has made the greatest difference in the impact of your presentation?

  1. Hi Richard – I received an overwhelming number of great responses to this question. Your tip to focus on the audience was confirmed by many of the respondents. I think we have reached our “snooze” limit with Power Point and are moving towards more natural interactive presentations as well(what a relief!) I do believe we learn best by being involved. Another trend is that “less is more”..focus on the 3 or 4 major takeaways and give stories and concrete examples to back those up…Thanks for your comments. Here is to energizing presentations that move us to action!

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