How to Give Charismatic and Persuasive Presentations That Can Change Your Life

How to Give Charismatic and Persuasive Presentations That Can Change Your Life

Most folks know that the fear of public speaking ranks higher than the fear of death – DEATH! – and anyone that’s ever had to give a presentation in front of a crowd knows that sinking feeling of anxiety and stress in the lead up to the big event.

At the same time, it’s almost impossible to enjoy any real success in your life or your career without being able to present your ideas effectively. Whether or not you have to present these ideas to a handful of coworkers or a packed house seminar is irrelevant – you’re going to need to learn how to prepare charismatic and persuasive presentations that can change the trajectory of your life forever.

Think about the most successful people in our world and their ability to command an audience with ease, making the act of public speaking look almost effortless and conversational. Every single superstar in any industry has a way of “working the crowd” that the rest of us would love nothing more than to master our own.

With the inside information below you will be able to immediately improve your presentations and your speeches, changing the way you see the crowd – and the way the crowd sees you – forever.

Let’s dig right in!

Frame and Ground Your Story

It’s absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to give a charismatic and persuasive speech or presentation without being able to bring something exciting to the table, even if the underlying “reality” of what you have to talk about is anything but energizing.

Because they understand the power of framing and grounding the expectations of their audience, the odds are pretty good that titans of public speaking like Steve Jobs and Tony Robbins could absolutely crush giving a presentation about life insurance.

Feed your audience exciting, entertaining, and engaging content and 90% of the presentation battle is already won.

Forget About Facts and Focus on Emotion

Human beings are hardwired to respond to story as opposed to being bludgeoned to death with dry facts and figures that most people aren’t going to remember or retain 30 seconds after you shut down your presentation.

The world’s best communicators understand the power of story – our oldest and most primal form of conversation in group settings – and harness it to improve their presentations.

Find the emotional hot buttons of what you have to share, take your audience on a roller coaster story that has highs and lows, and don’t be afraid to inject a little more energy and emotion into your content by focusing on stories and throwing facts and figures (as much as possible) right out the window – unless they serve your story in some way.

Reverse Engineer Successful Speeches

The best athletes in the world study hours upon hours of film not only of themselves performing when it matters most but also studying their competitors and their idols and how they handle the heat of competition.

Thanks to YouTube, TED Talks, and only about a million other online video libraries you should have no trouble whatsoever finding amazing speeches and presentations that you can dissect and learn from.

You don’t even necessarily have to focus on speeches that revolve around the kind of presentation you are giving or the content that you want to deliver.

What you want to do is find the underlying structure of successful speeches – how they begin their presentation, the space they give their most valuable pieces of content to breathe for the audience to digest, when they tell jokes and when they get serious, and how they bring everything home at the end – and then create your own framework or “scaffolding” that you can build your own presentations off of.

Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse!

This is easily the most challenging thing you’ll ever have to do, especially since so many people are hardwired not to give presentations and potentially embarrass themselves along the way, but it’s also the most important thing you can do to improve your presentation effectiveness.

Like everything else in life, the more you present the better you get, the more you learn, and the more experience you have under your belt.

You’ll learn how to feel out a crowd, how to speed up or stretch out your content, and how to win back audiences that you might feel tuning you out – as well as how to land knockout punches when you really want to persuade someone to your way of thinking.

Don’t Use Media As a Crutch

PowerPoint is an amazing tool for sure but far too many newbie presenters rely on their presentation media as a crutch or a shield to hide behind, leaning into their presentation media when they should be out front and center telling stories, engaging with their audience, and only falling back on media when it helps to punch up the effectiveness of the content being communicated.

Think of PowerPoint and other presentation media as salt and pepper for your speech or presentation. A little bit goes a long way and should never mask the underlying flavors of what you’re trying to get across!

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