HR professionals are particularly likely, at some point, to undertake internal research projects, and to present the results to powerful people within their organisation, as well as to staff. Such research projects are critical because they have the potential to impact the wellbeing of employees or reform practice within a business, such as with the recent legislation regarding mandatory internal research into a company’s gender pay-gap. You may also simply have a business issue to solve.
Delivering a good presentation that fully engages the audience is achievable for anybody willing to put in the effort. But what if you’ve put in all the prep, arrived full of confidence, and still see sections of the audience utterly unmoved by your glittering charisma?
What a great time it is to be a presenter. There is so much innovative technology out there to help you bring your presentations to life, not to mention a multitude of other tools to help you prepare.
Using the right technology won’t make you a good presenter, but it can certainly help bring out the best of your presenting skills. Read on to learn more about the technology that can enhance your presentations.
Quiet Ways to Capture and Hold the Attention of an Audience
Flamboyant! Larger-than-life! Extroverted! That’s the ideal presenter, right? A cross between P.T.Barnum and Oprah Winfrey, always ready for the limelight. Actually, wrong. Many of the greatest presenters of today are the quieter souls we often call introverts.
Who has the lower attention span? You, or a goldfish?
Well, the answer may surprise you!
I said, the answer may surprise you! Hey! PAY ATTENTION!
There’s plenty to argue about in the world at the moment. In fact, the abundance of divisive topics, dubious rhetoric, and dumbfounding misinformation that’s made it’s way to headlines tend to inspire apathy rather than action.
Often a thought that crosses the mind of any person arguing is “why don’t they get it?”. After presenting evidence and passionately delivering reasons as to why their thinking is correct, many are left bewildered when they’re met by an unwavering brick wall of disagreement and an opposing point of view.
How do you persuade someone to your way of thinking? What influences someone’s decisions? Surely no one can dispute unrelenting evidence and deny something that the majority interpret as fact? Or can they? Is evidence really enough or is emotion or devotion a factor?
A friend of mine who delivers training regularly at work (let’s call him Mick!) recently told me that he was taken aback during a session when someone in his group asked him to stop moving around so much as they couldn’t concentrate properly.
My friend was confused, as he thought that movement helped with audience engagement. But, in this case, his movement was hindering it. I advised him that he needed to consider MOVEMENT WITH PURPOSE.
If you don’t present often, it can be daunting to think about standing in front a group of people and talking, particularly if you’re delivering results or sharing your own ideas. However, It can also be exciting and fulfilling to have your voice heard and your ideas accepted.
Unless you’re delivering a wedding speech or grandstanding from a political soapbox, chances are you’re already using some form of visual aid if you’re presenting in business. And that’s not surprising.
The complexity in delivering your complex idea is not the complexity of your idea itself, but the complexity in the way in which you choose to deliver it.