We all have that classmate or coworker who is so good at presentations that we can’t help but wish we were that confident and engaging. While everyone else has you either struggling to stay awake or staring at the clock while they talk, these smooth operators leave you entranced no matter how boring the topic.
What could be their secret? How do they keep you fixated on their presentation? And how can you do the same?
The skills needed to present a project creatively and in a non-boring way are essential to your success as a student, an employee, and a business owner. Whether you’re talking about Magellan’s life in front of your history class or trying to raise money for your business, being able to put on a good show is critical.
If you want to learn how to impress your professor or your boss, read on for some of our top creative presentation ideas.
If you want to avoid boring your audience to tears, you have to infuse your presentation with energy. One of the best ways to do this is to use humor.
No matter what your project is about, be it something super science or something deeply philosophical, you can always inject some humor to lighten the mood and engage your audience. By telling a knock-knock joke, showing a funny clip, referencing a viral meme, or poking a bit of fun at yourself, you break up the monotony and make your whole presentation more memorable.
Of course, the kind of humor you employ should be based on your audience. You don’t want to offend anybody or reference something that your audience is unfamiliar with. Know your audience before you begin working on your presentation.
It’s all about the visuals
Good students know the power of using images, videos, and other multimedia elements. It’s one of the most creative ways to present a project.
Liven up your presentation with pictures, video clips, whiteboard animation, memes, drawings, graphs, etcetera. Why? Because we tend to remember concepts better when they’re presented with visuals. And, really, how do you expect to hold your audience’s attention if all you’re showing them are words, words, and more words? Remember that no matter how interesting your project or your subject matter is, you can still lose people’s interest if you don’t present it well.
Using visuals is also incredibly useful if you’re trying to figure out how to present topics that may be considered dry and boring. Economics and history project ideas, for instance, will benefit from some simple but captivating photos or videos.
Music helps, too
You really can never underestimate the importance of creativity in the classroom, especially when your attendees consist of young people with short attention spans. Along with visuals, another great way to keep your audience interested in your presentation is to use music.
And, no, music doesn’t have to be a distraction in this scenario. It can help keep people’s attention on your project, and it helps them remember what it was you were talking about. Just remember to use music strategically — in small doses, not throughout the whole presentation.
Get your audience involved
The more interactive your presentation is, the more attentive your audience will be. Build your presentation in such a way that there’s at least some back-and-forth between you and the attendees. Ask them questions and ask them to contribute their ideas and experiences about your topic. Get as many people involved instead of just droning on and on. Call someone up to the stage. Ask for volunteers.
Come prepared. Before the event, make a list of questions. Practice this part of your presentation. Believe it or not, the Q&A portion is just as important as the presentation itself. The audience members will be hesitant to ask questions at first, but they’ll get into it once you show them that you’re interested in their insights. If you think some of their questions may be too complicated for you, consider bringing along someone with in-depth knowledge on the topic.
Connect your topic to real life
One of the best ways to make sure that your attendees stay hooked to your presentation is to tell a story, particularly one that they can relate with. People love hearing about themselves. This isn’t only true for presentations; it’s what happens in everyday conversations as well. If you’ve noticed, people tend to start being invested in a conversation when they can relate and when they start talking about their own experiences or opinions on the subject.
If your project is about something very abstract or technical, make it easier to digest by relating it to real-world examples. This allows your audience to visualize what you are talking about. It also helps them absorb new concepts by tapping into their previous experiences.
Creative students know the power of storytelling. If you’re having a hard time trying to figure out how to present your writing project, try turning it into a story. Stories hold our attention because when we listen to a story, we like to imagine how we would have acted in that scenario.
Go beyond slides
Quickly look through some presentation websites for students, and you’ll find that there are already far too many generic PowerPoint presentations out there. If you want your presentation to stand out, do something different!
There are so many things you can do to spice up your presentation. Don’t just stick with the “tried and tested.” Trust us; you don’t always have to use slides the same way as everyone else. Your slides don’t just have to be all bullet points and text. There are so many cute ways to write about and present your topic. If you’re having trouble with that, use a writing service to summarize your points and make your presentation easier to understand.
Try adding some comedy to your presentation by way of funny memes or parody videos. Surprise your audience with an animated video, a gorgeous infographic, or an interactive presentation.
Whether you’re presenting to college students or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, be prepared and be confident. Before your presentation, take some time to brainstorm and do your best to make your presentation as unique as possible. Good luck!