“Clear expectations help us forge positive connections with others. It’s a state of mind and a way of being that act as a catalyst for unique connections”. MWH.
Want to help your presentation stay focused on your message? Then try setting clear goals that link directly to the relevance of your topic and audience expectations. Then pay attention to how engaged the audience is in the ideas you are presenting and get feedback during the presentation on how the audience is receiving and responding to your message. If things are not going well be quick on your feet to change directions and show your responsiveness to their verbal and non-verbal feedback. Besides using a checkpoint during your presentation try getting more specific feedback after the presentation on what worked or didn’t work in your presentation and what audience members are taking away from the conversation. You’ll know you’re communicating good enough when audience members answer these questions without hesitation:
- What was the main message of the presentation?
- Did the presentation meet your expectations?
- The information provided makes you want to change a point of view or behavior?
- How will I know or measure my change in attitude or behavior?
- How will I know when I have made a difference with this new information and ideas?
- How will I give feedback to the speaker on what I am now trying to change?
- Good luck with your next presentation and don’t miss our posts on –How to design and deliver a powerful opening and close.