Pre­sen­ta­tions made easy

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AN IN­TER­EST­ING pre­sen­ta­tion is one of the big­gest chal­lenges faced by work­ers who have to speak in front of a group or train other staff.

Per­sua­sive Pre­sen­ta­tions cor­po­rate trainer Sharon Fer­rier says it is easy to make a pre­sen­ta­tion go from bor­ing to ex­cit­ing. USE PHO­TOS A picture is worth a thou­sand words and is much more mem­o­rable than text on the screen,’’ Fer­rier says.

Royalty-free pho­tos can be found at www.gettyimages .com and www.flickr.com while high-qual­ity pho­tos start from $1 at www.istock photo.com. TELL STO­RIES Sto­ries en­gage us not only on an emo­tional level but also on an in­tel­lec­tual level as they al­low us to at­tach our mem­o­ries and ex­pe­ri­ence which in­creases re­ten­tion,’’ Fer­rier says. She says pre­sen­ters can find or make up sto­ries on any topic.

QUOTE IT ‘‘ Quotes are great for en­cap­su­lat­ing what it is you want to say. They can be mem­o­rable, en­gag­ing, funny or flick an emo­tional switch,’’ says Fer­rier. Just ‘‘ Quotes on . . .’’.

ON YOUTUBE Video clips can demon­strate a range of is­sues from oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety to greet­ing cus­tomers well, de­pend­ing on your mes­sage.

Do an in­ter­net search on the topic but dou­ble check any copy­right is­sues be­fore adding it to your pre­sen­ta­tion.

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TAC­TICS: Get­ting peo­ple in­volved with game play can keep your au­di­ence in­ter­ested.

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