Part Eleven: Your Eleventh Strategy on How to Give a Presentation
“How to give a presentation” Tip 10: Close with finesse
Your last item as you conclude your meeting/presentation/conversation (Blog Tips #9 and #10 detail the other two steps) is to end by making your listener(s) feel great for having listened to you and to wrap up your thoughts.
Two steps here:
- Thank them by NOT saying “thank you”! That’s been done… adnauseum. Your audience, whether on the phone, in a meeting, or in person, have given their most precious commodity to you – their time. It’s now time to thank them (in a more clever way) for this gift. Do so by complimenting them in a specific way. “You’ve had lots of choices on how to spend the last 30 minutes. I appreciate that you’ve given your attention to this situation.”
- End using the “Bookend Approach”. End where you began. Think of your introduction and your conclusion as bookends. If you started with a story, then recall this story in your wrap up. If you began with a quote, use another quote from the same person. If you began with a stunning stat – conclude with that info as it has related to your message.
Remember, a so-so presentation can be saved by a great conclusion.
Stay tuned to a few more blogs in this series on how to give a presentation and what to do next.
Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S., author of 3 books and President of Speak For Yourself®, works with organizations and executives on how to communicate to make more money. It’s all in how you speak for yourself. Read more at www.SpeakForYourself.com/blog/