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How should I close my presentation?

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How should I close my presentation?

The close is an important part of your presentation even if it is only 5 to 10 percent of the duration.

It’s important because it is the last thing that people hear – and hence the thing they might remember best. For that reason you need to deliver a strong and memorable close to your speech.

Here are three effective ways to close:

1. Summarize your key points. This works well when you have three to five points.
2. Repeat your opening phrase. This works well when the opening phrase was provocative. This style of close seems to tie everything together.
3. State your call to action. This is a simple yet highly effective close because most of the time the purpose of your speech is to persuade people to act.

Be sure to look at your audience when delivering your close. You should not read your close. You need to be connected with them in these final moments.

After you have delivered that closing statement, pause and look confidently at your audience. Accept the applause if you are so lucky. If no applause, walk confidently to your seat.

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

When should I use a flipchart?

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When is it okay to use a flipchart?

It’s old technology yet a flipchart can still be an effective presentation aid. Don’t shy away from it just because you think it’s old fashioned.

A flipchart works best in certain settings.

You can use a flipchart with a maximum of 30 participants. It depends on the room, but the key criterion is that everyone must be able to clearly see and read what’s on the chart.

This means that you must print neatly in a large hand. This could be a major challenge for some folks. There’s no point in writing something that people can’t easily read.

If you’re only sketching diagrams you might have a little more poetic license.

Flipcharts work well when you want to capture ideas from your audience. Asking for ideas from the audience and then writing them on the flipchart conveys the feeling of action and urgency.

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

Should I stand behind the podium (lectern) when I speak?

 

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This is a common question. The first point is that the piece of furniture that speakers often stand behind is a lectern not a podium. A podium is a small stage that you stand upon while a lectern is a high desk upon which lecturers place their notes and stand behind.

Should you stand behind the lectern? Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com