Making an Effective Presentation
Proper communication is one of the essential life skills that can enable a person to bond with colleagues and strangers easily. Bill Rosenthal’s (2010) article Making Effective Presentation provides detailed information on ways a person can make effective presentations. According to Rosenthal (2010), must do the following: make an emotional connection with his/her audience, present with energy, spell out the pay-offs of his/her presentation to his/her audience, and use metrics to capture the attention of his/her audience. The use of these elements can make his/her performance enjoyable and memorable to the audience.
Usually, the audience forms bias immediately they hear or see a speaker. Therefore, the manner in which a person appears when making a presentation influences his/her audience opinion about him/her. To have a positive bias, the presenter must maintain eye contact with the audience. He/she must also be likable, able to show humanity, and able to fit in by being empathetic. Similarly, an excellent presenter should be able to capture the attention of his/her audience by making his/her presentations with energy. In this case, the person should be able to read the audience, keep his/her presentation short, be captivating, and walk confidently.
Rosenthal (2010) also notes that it is essential for a presenter to spell-out the payoffs of the presentation when communicating with the audience. Typically, this information captures the attention of the audience and makes the performance memorable. In this case, the speaker should give precise details, examples, and use visual presentations. Finally, the speaker must also use metrics in his/her presentation. The use of metrics enables the audience to have an in-depth detail of the topics he/she is presenting. To have a better memory of the issues he/she is discussing, the presenter can use mnemonics.
Bill Rosenthal’s (2010) article Making Effective Presentation provides detailed insight on ways that a person can improve the quality of his/her speeches. In particular, he asserts that a person should be able to make an emotional connection with his/her audience, be charismatic and energetic, spell out the pay-offs for the audience, and use metrics in his/her presentation. Accordingly, the information presented by Rosenthal (2010) is essential in making people great public speakers.
Rosenthal (2010) view that a great speaker should be able to make an emotional connection with his/her audience is practical and accurate. To have this relationship, Rosenthal (2010) asserts that an individual should maintain eye contact with his/her audience, be likable, show humanity, and be empathetic to his/her audience. From my experience, people are usually more comfortable and open to people with whom they have a relationship. Therefore, the emphasis on the creation of a connection is necessary for enabling the audience to listen and become active participants in the presentation.
In the article Making Effective Presentation, Rosenthal (2010) also opines that individuals must be charismatic and energetic when making their presentations. I agree with his view that a speaker must be confident in his/her performance. To capture the audience attention, speakers can use dramatic stories, keep their presentations short, and read the mood of their listeners. Usually, the energy used in the presentation is essential in influencing the mood of the audience and its ability to concentrate. Consequently, Rosenthal’s examples on how individuals can have memorable and energetic presentations are realistic.
Rosenthal (2010) argument that a speaker should spell out the pay-off of the presentation to the audience is accurate and essential for effective communication. Usually, most individuals always want to hear the content of the presentations being made. Consequently, it is necessary for a speaker to use examples, visual presentation, and give precise detail of what he/she is saying so that his/her audience can understand his/her message. Finally, Rosenthal (2010) assertion that individuals should use metrics in their communication is appropriate. In most presentations, the audience is always interested in understanding the fine detail. Therefore, the use of mnemonics to recall information is essential when a person is making a presentation.
In my professional career as a quality control engineer, Rosenthal (2010) article will significantly influence how I make various presentations at work. In particular, the information presented in this article will enable me to form a strong emotional bond when I am speaking to my audience. In ordinary cases, I will be making presentations to the company’s management or my juniors. In this case, I will typically maintain an eye contact with my audience. Additionally, I will always try to fit in to my audience by understanding their concerns, being empathetic, and appreciating their opinions. For example, I will regularly allow the people I am addressing to give their views on different subjects that I am presenting.
To capture the attention of my audience, I will always be energetic and charismatic when making my presentations. In this case, I will be confident and also start my speeches and reports with a short story that is related to my presentation. On the same vein, I will regularly read the mood of the audience so that I can avoid being monotonous. I will also ensure that my presentations are short but precise. Finally, I will regularly use mnemonics when making my presentations. My mnemonics will usually contain key points on the issues I will be presenting.
Rosenthal, B. (2010, February 2). Making an effective presentation. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/2010/02/24/effective-presentation-skills-leadership-careers-rosenthal.html