“You will never get a second chance to make a great first impression!”
The first part of your presentation speaks much more about the other half. If you have a positive approach, people will listen to you more keenly. They will be interested in your subject matter. However, if you have a shabby and drab appeal, they might not even acknowledge your presence, and your hard work could go in vain.
For instance, imagine two people standing before you with their presentations. Both of them have the same share of ideas, but Person A starts by introducing himself and briefing his presentation’s outline in a sophisticated and prompt manner. However, Person B begins by explaining his content with complicated words and phrases that eventually become difficult for you to gather.
Now, you are more likely to be intrigued by Person A even if both of them explained the same thing. Thus, starting on a remarkable note will distinguish you as the white elephant in a herd of grey elephants!
In order to have an outstanding start, let us consider the following tips.
Tips to Give a Remarkable Start to Your Presentation
- Begin with an Impactful Quote/Saying
When you represent your data with a quote or a saying that is effective enough to make people think, you’ve already got your audience’s attention and have hooked them for the rest of the presentation. Use quotes that are related to the content you would be presenting and try to choose the one that is short and easy to understand. Do not go in for very philosophical or tongue-twisting quotes, as they might get taxing and boring.
2. Introduce Yourself and Create a Personal Connect
If the first thing that you do is to introduce yourself, you will create a personal connection with them. Let your introduction be very short (not more than forty-five seconds) but effective. Tell them your purpose of presenting (make it sound impactful).
3. Brief Your Topic
Before jumping into the main presentation, let your audience know the basic outline and theme of what you are going to be talking about. Letting people know the structure first keeps them absorbed and aware of what is going on.
4. Tell Them Why this Presentation is Important
When you tell people that something is necessary for them and can benefit them in a way that nothing else can, they leave behind the world for you. When you start your presentation, tell people how it would benefit them and their interests. This way, your commencement will become a reason for them to listen to you throughout the presentation without being distracted.
Some Other Key Tips
- Use Gestures and Maintain a Good Body Language When You Start
Good body language also represents your attitude and your interest in the people sitting before you. Don’t point fingers, avoid staring at blank walls, and do not fold your hands when you start delivering your speech. When you do these things, it makes people think as if they are of no interest to you.
2. Be Energetic Enough, But Not Too Enthusiastic
When you start off, don’t be too sluggish or dull. Start on an energetic note and carry it forward throughout your entire presentation. Avoid being too enthusiastic or excited during formal presentations.
3. Use Easy-To-Understand Language
If you start using words and phrases that aren’t very easy to comprehend, people might feel uninterested, bored, or even annoyed. The purpose of your presentation should be to communicate your ideas with others. Thus, use simple words and structured sentences so that your message is clear to everybody.
4. Control Your Voice Modulation
Try not to make your voice monotonous and modulate your voice too much. Speak in a way that makes your purpose of presentation clear and understandable.
It is the beginning of the presentation that attracts or dissuades the audience. No matter which way you choose to begin your presentation, first ensure that you have rehearsed well to stay confident in front of the mass audience.
We hope that these tips will help you stand out from the crowd and would start your presentations on a great note. We wish you success!