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4 Tips on how software developers can engage audience with their presentation?

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Presentations may be excellent or dreadful. Even the "good" presentations—those that are well-put-together but don't stand out—turn out to be terrible, and it's typically because they're dull. Boring presentations may convert a room full of focused experts into a room full of drowsy zombies checking their phones and counting the slides, destroying your reputation. In this world where remote jobs have started to show why great work doesn’t just take place in an office, it sometimes gets difficult to seek the attention of your audience. Here are some tips that will make your chat section filled with claps emoji.

1. Begin with something unexpected:

Don't begin your presentation with anything generic and clumsy, such as a standard topic introduction. If you're planning a big finale, why not start with a tease? For example, if your presentation concludes that your organization can revolutionize the way people communicate with one another, begin by presenting a vision for that shift. People will want to hear how you got there if you can pique their attention the right away. You may do the same thing with unexpected figures or eye-opening data.

2. Veer away from the script:

It's a good idea to plan ahead of time and even rehearse your presentation a few times to iron out any wrinkles. However, once you're on stage, you should definitely forget about the cue cards. You should be so knowledgeable about your subject and so absorbed in your presentation at this stage that you can talk about it in your sleep. Take a detour. People will be able to discern which lines have been practiced and which have not.

3. Infuse your speech with emotive inflections:

You really shouldn't be the one presenting if you aren't emotionally involved in what you're presenting. Make sure you convey that sentiment to those who are listening. If the numbers demand it, become enraged. Become enthralled by the answers you provide. Get active on stage, and employ passionate vocal inflections to give your sentences more dimension. You might as well give your presentation to a robot to read if you don't use that emotive inflection.

4. It should be about them.

Increase the You-to-Me-Ratio in your life. Talk about their ambitions, fears, and objectives. "Tickling and calming fears is the measure of a speaker's effect and technique," remarked Cicero, a Roman statesman, and orator who is considered one of the finest speakers in history. He meant that if you remind an audience of a felt need, a pain point, or a threat to their well-being, you may get their attention.

So, here you go. These are some of the techniques that you can use to make your presentation stand out from the crowd and give your presentation the attention it deserves. With the rise in remote developer jobs and even non-technical jobs, you can’t skip communication skills. Believe in yourself, be confident and make that presentation shine!

(This copy has been written by Shivam Jha, and edited by Sarbani Mohanty. You can reach out to them at shivam.j@turing.com and sarbani.mohanty@turing.com, respectively.)

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