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Here’s how introverts can make strong presentations

15 Nov, 2019 Speeches and presentations

This article was originally published in 2015 and has been completely updated in 2020.

Making a presentation to an audience is a tough task for everyone. Introverts find it even tougher to handle the job than extraverts. As 40-50% of people are introverts, many find making presentations an uncomfortable, if not terrifying, experience. However, many introverts become outstanding presenters because they overcome their discomfort.

Here are some tips to help reserved speakers give effective presentations:

1. Know your objective

Decide on a clear objective in terms of what you want, and how to get it. Then you can base your whole presentation on that overall objective, giving your talk a firm structure. This makes it easier to lead to a logical ‘call to action’ (CTA) towards the end of your presentation (not repeated calls in the body of your presentation), which is the key to getting what you want from your audience. The final part of your presentation should be about the benefits that will result from people acting positively on your CTA. Get the timing right, as noted above. This is a powerful formula.

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About the author Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison loves sharing actionable ideas and information about professional communication and business management. He has wide experience as a corporate affairs manager, consultant, author, lecturer, and CEO of a non-profit organization. Kim is a Fellow and former national board member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, and he ran his State’s professional development program for 7 years, helping many practitioners to strengthen their communication skills. People from 115 countries benefit from the practical knowledge shared in his monthly newsletter and in the eBooks available from cuttingedgepr.com.

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