Do you give frequently give seminar talks or are you just preparing for your first seminar presentation? Preparing a great seminar presentation is not just enough, you have to figure out a way to effectively pass across your message to your audience. Seminars are very important because they have the ability to greatly influence the lives of your audience, you therefore need to be able to effectively pass your message to your audience in the best ways possible. To help you achieve this, here are the best 7 ways to get across to your audience and have a productive seminar.
- Never go over time: using up other peoples time in any setting is not nice and a seminar is not an exemption. As a seminar speaker, it is your duty to ensure that you keep to time and try as much as possible to leave room for questions after your presentation. Ensure you occasionally take a look at your watch without drawing the attention of your audience to it while you do so. Know what parts of your presentation are expendable just in case you run out of time.
- Discuss your most important points first: your audience interest and attention is at the highest in the beginning of any seminar, it would therefore be a smart move as a speaker to first discuss your most important points and save the sub-points for later.
- Speak with enthusiasm. As a seminar speaker, it is important that you show confidence and speak with enthusiasm as this is a sure way to gain the attention of your audience and keep them interested in your presentation, it will also help you to successfully pass your message across without boring the participants. Even if you have a great presentation but you are speaking in a monotonous voice, there is no doubt you will quickly loose the attention of your audience. Always speak clearly and try as much as possible to avoid mumbling.
- Interact: It is very important to interact with your audience as this is the only means to know if you are getting your message across to them. You should move around the stage if you have the opportunity to do so. Try to make the presentation easy to understand and avoid the use of complex grammar where possible. Feel free to make spontaneous jokes with random events that may take place during the seminar but avoid overdoing it if you don’t want to be seen as clown. Also note that it is very wrong to make an offensive joke or a joke that may embarrass a particular participant. Thank your audience for their time as you round up your presentation.
- Make use of learning aids/materials: learning aids like graphs, charts, slides, etc. can serve as really great and effective way to make your audience understand the topic discussed. It draws the attention of the participants and creates a visual support for your presentation. You should not put up slides unless you are already talking about it, if you don’t want to lose your audience attention to the slides. Also avoid overcrowding your slide with so many details and remember that your slide is not a substitute for your voice.
- Avoid using the bathroom: as unbelievable and weird as this may sound, it is more common than you think. As a seminar speaker it would be great for you and your audience for you to use the bathroom before the start of your seminar as this would prevent any awkwardness that may arise from you having to take a bathroom break during your presentation.
- Dress the part: you should dress decent and professional. If you want to look like you know what you are talking about and be taken seriously, it is necessary you dress the part because how you dress is how you will be addressed.
Rightly applying the seminar tips above would no doubt leave you with your most productive seminar ever.
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