No PowerPoint slides? No problem! Anyone can deliver a successful and engaging discussion without the use of presentation technology. Cut out the PowerPoint and let the audience see your passion and expertise front and center! These 4 P’s will help you thoughtfully create a presentation without PowerPoint.
Practice makes perfect
Flying solo without slides takes some planning but it is not insurmountable. You are the subject matter expert. Everyone has come to see so make sure you are as familiar with the material as possible. Start with an outline of the presentation. Divide the topic into three sections or buckets in an order that makes sense for you and the topic.
Don’t memorize the presentation but get familiar with the overall theme and sections. Creating cue cards or index cards to study the big points of the presentation is a helpful technique to master the material. Concentrate on letting your natural cadence and storytelling ability drive the discussion.
Perfect Presentation Tip
You are ready for your big presentation. You’ve planned and practiced and know this material better than anyone. Now it’s time to press play on your presentation.
- Look your audience in the eye and get started!
- Briefly introduce yourself, why you are an expert in your topic, and what’s in it for them if they stay attentive and listen.
- Frame your talk. What should the audience expect or not expect to hear?
- Relay the core message through an anecdote or engaging story.
- Answer the “So what?” for the audience. They need YOU to convey what they should care about or take away from the presentation.
- Repeat and/or rephrase your core message at least once throughout the presentation.
- Read the audience and adjust accordingly. Don’t be afraid to improvise. Shorten or expand a section based on your audience’s reaction or feedback.
Use a whiteboard or flip board as an engagement technique. Writing things down for the audience piques their interest, draws them in, and keeps the main points top of mind throughout the presentation. But remember your audience is more interested in what you are saying than what they are reading
Participation makes perfect sense
Encourage questions and interaction from your audience. Try asking a direct question – “Show of hands of how many of you have ever….” Turn a lecture into a discussion with a few well-placed questions. It builds rapport with the audience, makes you more memorable, and connects with them. When it comes to audience questions, you can ask to save them until the end. However, if you are presenting a hot button topic, consider managing questions throughout the presentation to avoid piling up an avalanche of controversial questions until the end casting a negative tone over the presentation.
Your audience isn’t there to see a slide presentation but to hear you talk about a subject you feel passionate about. Connecting directly with an audience is the most exciting part for any speaker. Why put a barrier between you and your audience with a slide?
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Kristen White is an award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker and entrepreneurial media expert. Her media credits included the award-winning film Shamanic Trekker, Journey to the Source and Mandala, a new series featuring best-selling authors in spirituality and wellness, both are available on Amazon Prime.
Kristen is the CEO of White Media Agency who provides online business marketing and development entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, life coaches and businesses in the wellness and personal development marketplace.