How do you make an engaging presentation which keeps your audience interested?
The first tip is to prepare well. Find out about your audience. What are their interests, capabilities, proficiency in English etc? Do they know anything about the topic?
When you prepare your slides, you are writing a story. So, you need to have a beginning, a middle and an end.
When you start the presentation, you have 30 seconds to grab your audience’s attention. Think about how you will do this. It may be a joke, an interesting quote or a surprising statistic, for example.
It is also important to consider the appearance of the slides. If the room you will present in is bright, use a light background and dark text. On the other hand, if the room is dark, dark slides with bright images will work best.
Make sure you are consistent in your slides. So, use the same font size and the same font throughout the slides. Sans Serif works well on slides.
Each slide should contain one message only. There should be no more than six lines on each slide. If there are more than six, it makes it hard for the audience to digest the information.
Try to use contrast in your slides. Colours like red, orange and yellow work well. Moving objects can also work well.
Finally, remember that whilst the slides are useful, the presenter is the key to a good presentation. Do not read out your power points. Tell your story whilst maintaining a confident, compelling physical presence. Try to rehearse the presentation 10-15 times before you do it.
You want your audience to leave feeling inspired, informed and keen to learn more about your topic.