Enthusiasm Can Turn Boring Presentation Material Into Exciting Presentations
By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor The Leader's Institute
Chris Martin of Coldplay believes that enthusiasm is more important than just about anything when it comes to wowing crowds." We rely more on enthusiasm than actual skill," he told 60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft. "Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically and people will like it more. "I can't dance like Usher. I can't sing like Beyonce. I can't write songs like Elton John," he said. "But, we can do the best we can with what we've got. We just go for it .” And repeatedly, Cold Play brings the crowd to its feet.
Enthusiasm, however, is not owned by performing artists. Bring it to your work, your presentations. You say “I can’t do that.” And I say, “Yes you can.”
All you have to do is follow the advice of my favorite English Professor. Professor Chase turned “Old English” into vivid, memorable stories, by using speed, changes in volume lively movement, bigger gestures, and altering the tone to fit the emotion of the message. Oh, did I mention that he jumped on his desk hypnotizing us with soliloquies from Mc Beth?
Professor Chase gave students information and told stories like they should be told; lively, with gestures that matched the story, change of tone and volume. And he used the whole room to tell his tales. The bad guys sounded really bad and the mysteries he told, pulled you right into the land of bards and wizards.
Like Chris Martin, Professor Chase understood the power of enthusiasm. Like all good communicators, both men bring life to words. Use these five tools to turn an okay performance or presentation into a presentation that your colleagues and boss will envy. You can learn how to put enthusiasm into your presentation and become a first class speaker in Fearless Presentations a two day course with The Leader's Institute.
- Speed – put your foot on the gas to create interest and drama
- Volume – get your audience to listen by raising & dropping the volume
- Movement – create interest and energy by moving
- Bigger Gestures – go on, give up a little control. Talk with your hands. Keep your audience’s attention through bigger gestures that have impact and drama; and keep your audience’s attention.
- Tone – change the tone to stress main points of your presentation. Put emphasis on the points that you want your audience to remember.
The best information can be no better than the presenter.
“You” bring the magic to your presentation.
Go on, be an enthusiastic presenter of information.
Make people say, “wow!”