Presentations for Introverts: Interactive is Easier! Part 1
Connect with your audience and lighten your load
Posted Apr 06, 2014
Like many introverts, even though I need my quiet time to get fueled before and after a presentation, I enjoy being in front of the room, engaging with audiences. How can you do that? The trick is to take the spotlight off yourself and, instead, shift your focus to your audience—a win-win for you and them.
Many of the following tips are simple techniques that teachers and trainers have used forever. So you may have personally experienced some of them, or even used them as a presenter. If you’re an introvert, consider how you can you use them to spice up your presentations while giving yourself precious time to take little breathers from “extroverting” in front of the room.
Tips for Making Your Presentations Interactive
2. Get Socratic on them. Ask your audience questions to get them thinking. This will enable a useful dialog with them. And while they’re talking, you get to catch your breath and get a little thinking time in yourself.
4. Get them tweeting. For more tech- and social-media savvy audiences, give them a few minutes to turn on their handheld devices and ask them to share their thoughts via Twitter, which you can project onscreen. This can work in person and online.
5. Divide the audience into groups. You can do this in many ways—for example, you could ask them to select their teammates or, if time is short, just divide them up by where they are seated. Get each group to discuss the topic at hand and ask them to choose a spokesperson to report back. Doing this will get everyone into the act. Give them a set amount of time and specific instructions, which you can post to a whiteboard or flip chart.
In the second part of this story, you’ll get more tips to make your presentations feel more like one-on-one conversations with your audiences—a real plus for introverts. Meanwhile, you’re welcome to write in with your own favorite interactive presentation techniques.
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