Especially in tech culture, you have to be able to communicate your ideas succinctly in an era of tiny attention spans and new advancements all over the computer culture. And what that means to you, if you’re an idea person, is that you have to learn the art of the presentation. You have to be able to capture the hearts and minds of people who are going to make snap judgments and then simply move onto the next thing if they feel the slightest inkling of boredom.
But, you can use new tech to help you rein in this attention as well, by using all of the gadgets and techniques possible the next time you have to make some kind of a public speech or proposal. Consider the route of brain, to computer, to audience.
Get the Brain Part Right First
Successful presentations will usually follow fairly well established rules of engagement. So, if you want the best and fastest path to success, reading about great presentations, and having an overall set idea in your mind about what you want to accomplish, is going to be your best first step. Read about successful people talking in successful ways, and begin to model their approach, if not their content and context.
Choose Your Organizational Scheme
And then it’s time for some computing processes to help you organize your thoughts into something both tangible and organizational. A few platforms that can help you would be something like the Scrivener application, or even looking to a few mind-mapping programs that will help you brainstorm. You no longer have to write notes on index cards and try to organize them on a table. Use new tech to get deep into details but still have everything on a single screen.
Pick Your Gadgets
And after your format is set, and your organization is tightened down, the time to pick your multimedia gadgets is here. For a full audio-visual presentation, there are all kinds of enticing options, and they’ll often be supplementary support for presentation software, and might involve extra sound or lighting fixtures in your setting of choice.
Record and Review
And before you actually go out and make your presentation to a public audience, record yourself practicing first! This is a such a simple step, but it will drastically increase the quality of your performance. You’ll get to see everything from your nervous ticks to your facial expressions, and you’ll be able to determine if you need to adjust your basic energy levels.
Finalize Your Output
And through your practice sessions and careful editing of your content and the gadgets and organizational techniques you use, within no time at all you’ll have a perfectly packaged presentation that will be ready when the time is right.