Five Cool Ideas for Giving Killer Presentations


People who give presentations are a lot like automobile drivers. Everyone thinks they’re pretty good at it, but there are lots of dented cars on the roads.

Almost everyone can be better at making presentations. Here are 5 cool ideas for giving killer presentations followed by instructions for receiving complimentary tickets to my “Present Like a Pro” seminar at Walsh College on Thursday morning (3/3/11).

1. Effective openings make you impressive.

An effective opening sets the tone for positive results. Establish credibility by referencing a relevant statistic or a reputable literary source. I often begin seminars by saying, “This will be the best seminar you’ve ever attended.” Audience members usually smile with delight, which is a desirable reaction to an effective opening.

2. Having fun is contagious.

Stories are fun. Tell stories. Make sure all stories have relevance or value. Fun stories offer a good ending with a moral or a lesson. Use humor, but don’t tell jokes. Announcing a joke puts too much pressure on the speaker to be funny, and too much pressure on the audience to laugh.

3. Never lose sight of your goal.

A presentation is supposed to inform and incite. Ask yourself this question: What do I want the audience to do as a result of my presentation? All content should move listeners toward that goal.

4. Good handouts enrich the presentation.

Handouts are a terrific way to leave the audience with a part of you. Good handouts offer sources for more information and instructions for contacting the sponsoring organization. Include your phone number or web site address on each page of the handout.

5. Have a way to solicit feedback.

One easy way to solicit feedback is to stand by the door as people exit. Audience members will feel compelled to comment about your talk. Most of the feedback will be favorable because they are speaking directly to you. If you want constructive criticism, learn how to probe to the fifth level. You might ask questions like “What could I have done better? Why do you say that? What else could be improved? What do you mean by that? Who else can help me improve?”

Improve your presentations almost overnight! Attend my seminar, “Present Like a Pro — Lead, Sell, Inspire!” on Thursday, March 3, 2011 for free!  

DBusiness magazine is giving you two complimentary tickets for this terrific program. To register, simply send an e-mail to and lists the names of the attendees.

See the person at the door to the auditorium at 8:30 Thursday morning, March 3.

Directions and more details about this great seminar are at Presented by Walsh Institute & Troy Rotary. Sponsored by M-1 Studios, and The Choice Group, Citizens Bank, and Guy Hurley Blaser & Heur Insurance and Surety Services.