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3 Fun Ways to Express your Personality in a Presentation

07 Apr 2020 4 min read

Lindsie Nguyen

Public Speaking Trainer

Everyone is different, and so are presentations by different speakers. However, some people do a better job of making their presentations unique than others.

The key to this is definitely “individuality”, the level to which you can put your own stamp on your presentations! Although this is seemingly a vague term, these are 3 tips from us for you to make your persona shine!

1. Be genuine with your personality

You may be someone with a bright personality and a sense of humour, or someone who is calm and gentle, or even an introvert who is shy at heart. Whoever you are, there is no need to change that and put on a front. Trying to impersonate a figure often makes you look like a robot on the stage, and frustrates both you and the audience. Would you feel comfortable watching someone trying to spice up the atmosphere with unnatural, prepared jokes?

We tend to be afraid that the opposite of our character makes us a more interesting presenter. Why not take another perspective?

Were you a spectator, it is likely that you would have no preconceptions about how the speaker should be. As a speaker, you’d better show the audience how zealous you are about the topic you are discussing, and wow them with useful insights!

Tim Urban gives a super hilarious and insightful talk on procrastination with his sense of humor
On the contrary, with her calm, soft character, Susan Cain gently empowers and inspires introverted people

2. Tell your own stories

The credibility of the speaker is what impresses the audience the most, and a simple way to improve this is to tell stories of your own experience. In this way, they find your speech more “authentic” and more persuasive since they feel they are able to relate to them.

For example, during her speech on the “Chutzpah” spirits – the endeavouring spirits of the Israelis, a young speaker recalled her experience overcoming the typical fearful attitudes toward making a mistake – something she had got from the education style of her country. She spoke about how she learned to embrace her mistakes, voice her opinions, and then finally got to discover her true potential after studying in Israel.

What we learn: Through the story, the girl could show her personality, invoke inspiration in the audience and make her presentation truly unique.

However, since storytelling can invoke a strong emotional response, sometimes it can get in the way of the subject you are discussing if you don’t use it in the right context. Think about when it’s better to persuade the audience with logical appeal, and when it’s better to let loose.

This young girl passionately talks about her exciting experience about Chuzpah spirits!

3. Personalise your Slides

This is definitely the most visible way to show your individuality. There are many aspects you should take into consideration when designing your slides to show your style, but you’d better stick to the rule of simplicity.

The colour scheme is the first thing that the audience see, so choose one that you find communicative of the topic you discuss and best describe your personality. It can either be in pastel pink, or simple black-and-white, or even in a bunch of colours, it’s your choice!

The way you visualise your information can also tell a lot about your personality. For instance, instead of using a default, boring chart you can tailor the chart type to each piece of information. Another idea is to make interactive questions on your slides and get the audience to answer them via their mobile phones with AhaSlides. As responses are displayed live on the screen, you can take time to discuss them in more depth. Make good use of images also, since an image can speak a thousand words!

This is also one of the reasons why AhaSlides is the far superior alternative to Mentimeter. AhaSlides lets you personalise your presentations with amazing backgrounds and colour effects, for FREE.

Slides are the extension of your appearance and words

Communicating on the personal level can create a profound impact on the audience.

Take these tips, own them and make them yours! Let AhaSlides be with you to bring the best of your individuality and personality to your presentations!

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