4 Ways to Use the Power of a Smile to Improve Your Presentation
Have you ever considered the power of your smile? When used correctly, a smile can make your presentation far more engaging, resulting in better audience retention and greater understanding of the material being presented. Here are some tips on how to use smiling to elevate your presentation skills.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
An interactive presentation uses every sense to convey its message. To connect with your audience and present your message in an impactful way, incorporate visuals, engage them with movement, incorporate a funny anecdote and use your smile as well. The key is using those five senses to create an interactive experience for everyone in attendance.
Use Technology Wisely
In order to get people truly involved, you should be sure that your presentation is interactive. Use an interactive tool to set up a fun Q&A session or ask open questions. People in an interactive presentation are more likely to remember what they’ve seen or heard. It also makes for an enjoyable experience for all participants—you, as well as your audience.
Leave Time for Q&A
One way to let your audience feel more comfortable and leave them with something memorable is to let them ask questions. With interactive presentations, it’s easy for presenters to get caught up in their notes or talking points. It’s easy for people in the audience get bored and start checking their phones. An interactive presentation will keep everyone on their toes, help everyone learn more and make it more enjoyable overall.
Finish On Time
If you’re presenting, end on time and leave your audience with something positive. It’s best not to waffle, especially if you’re nervous about your material. Many people use filler words such as um or like when they are nervous. This can make your presentation sound disjointed. A smile also serves as an extra reminder for where you should be—you don’t want to zone out in front of an audience!
Robert is a professional moderator, presenter and speaker coach. Robert has years of experience at home and abroad and works for a broad range of industries. He has interviewed ministers, captains of industry and even His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In his dealings with the audience, he always uses Sendsteps. With it, an audience is able to voice their opinions, whereby attendees can cast votes or send in comments to speakers and panels on stage. As such, events turn into lively dialogues with everyone being able to speak up!