How to End a Presentation
It’s the final slide of your presentation, and it’s time to wrap things up. Now that you’ve built up to this point, how will you end your presentation? Here are some tips for how to end a presentation and leave your audience with the most positive impression possible about what you were trying to accomplish with your talk or seminar.
Conclude with a call to action
Your presentation should have a goal, whether it’s sales, customer information or simply awareness. Whatever that goal is, state it clearly and conclude with a call to action. This will help your audience retain what you’ve said—and put them in position to act on your message.
Restate your main message
People don’t always listen carefully, so remember to repeat your main point before you wrap up. Restating your conclusion can help solidify it in people’s minds, and reemphasizing why they should care will help them remember your message. This is called re-framing, and it can be used throughout any presentation or speech to make sure your audience knows what you want them to take away from your talk.
It’s always nice to know how you did, so survey your audience following your presentation. What worked? What didn’t? This will help you plan better for next time and identify areas that need improvement. With Sendsteps you can easily ask your audience for feedback, just have a look at one of the many question types you can use.
Use pictures or videos
One great way to make your presentation memorable is by using pictures or videos. By providing your audience with an image of you performing an action, or showing them a video that demonstrates what you’re talking about, they’ll be able to follow along and process more information than ever before.
Use a reverse icebreaker
Instead of ending your presentation with awkward silence, help break that tension by leading everyone into an open discussion. Try these icebreaker questions: How are you feeling? What did you take away from my talk? What question do you have for me? Do you have any feedback on how I could be better next time? A nice way to end your presentation is by using a Word Cloud or a quiz.
Thank audience, ask questions, and respond to questions
Thank your audience for their time and attention. Once you recognize them and express gratitude for their presence, you can ask questions about their thoughts or respond to questions that were brought up earlier. Sendsteps allows you to do so in an engaging and interactive way.
The conclusion is your last chance to make an impression on your audience. Summarize your key points, and draw attention back to them by restating their importance in relation to your subject. Leave time for questions and answers, if you’re able, then get out of there with grace and style! Good luck with that presentation.
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!