Be amazing!

“Life is too short to be boring”

Peter Casier,
GFAR, the Global Forum for Agricultural Research

 

Have you ever been bored with a speaker for presentation? Have you ever made a boring presentation? Do you want to make an AMAZING presentation?

If your answers are YES, I would like to share some crucial tricks that I learned from Peter Casier during the workshop “The Art of Presentation”. This training workshop was organized by IAAS World on 27th April 2017 in KU Leuven at the International Conference for Youth in Agriculture, where some 80 youth leaders from across the world participated.  Peter’s first tip was to understand that everyone wants to have fun in life, including during presentations. Hence, one of the most important tips to attract your audience for you presentation is to entertain them.

As a presenter: make slides for your audience, and not for yourself. Don’t cramp your slides with text. Your audience can’t read and listen at the same time so you need to avoid using too many words in your slides.

In addition, you need to understand what your audience wants. What is your key message to them?

Interact with your audience: Once you have audience-oriented slides, you should involve your audience in your presentation. For instance, at the beginning of your presentation, you could ask your audience some funny questions related to the topic of your presentation.

Leave space for questions and answers: Why this part is important? You can get feedback on your presentation topic from your audience. It is the Q&A which truly adapts your presentation to the audience, sincethey will ask questions about what which really interests THEM.

I am sure these tips will help us turning those boring presentations into amazing presentations!

Blogpost by Toàn Nguyễn Thị, #ICYA2017 Social Reporter – nguyenthitoan2404@gmail.com

Picture courtesy Petr Kratochvil

This post is part of the live coverage during the #ICYA2017 – The International Conference for Youth in Agriculture, organised by IAAS (The International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences).  

This post is written by one of our social reporters, as part of their training on social reporting, and represents the author’s views only.

The #ICYA2017 social reporting project is supported by GFAR, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research.