Chapter 3: Developing Compelling Presentations
More Tips on Using Visual Aids:
- Select templates carefully by trying to match up the style with the type of presentation you're actually making.
- Choose a color scheme that has distinct contrasting background and text. A blue background and yellow text is a good choice.
- Use a format consistently.
- Include one key concept per slide.
- Use upper and lowercase letters for readability.
- Check the font size.
- Use bold and italics sparingly.
- Be consistent in how you transition your slides
- Include the source for copyrighted material.
- Provide supplemental notes after you've completed your presentation.
- Preview your visual aids before your actual presentation.
Opening Your Speech with Style, Flair, and Impact
So when are you ready to decide on a powerful opener for your speech? You do it when you've finalized nearly everything else.
You settle on the content—your objectives, key elements, outline, body of the speech, and visual aids—then you decide on your opening. Anything outside of that is putting the cart before the horse.
The most important thing you need to do when your selecting an opening is to keep your main goals top of mind. You're on a mission to:
- Grab their attention,
- Establish a rapport; and
- Introduce the topic. If you fail to accomplish any one of these elements then you're not going to connect with your audience.
For instance, let's say you manage to grab their attention and establish a rapport but you never introduce the topic, then they'll stop listening after a while because they're unclear on the topic.
At the same time, if you grab their attention and introduce the topic but never establish a rapport with your audience—in other words,
prove to them that you're the right person to deliver that particular message—they'll eventually tune you out.