Need to express personality in a presentation? Everyone is different, and so are presentations by various speakers. However, some people do better at 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 three tips from us to make your persona shine!
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1. Express personality in a presentation? Be genuine with your personality
You may be someone with a bright personality and a sense of humour, calm and gentle, or even shy introvert. 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 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 exciting 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 your topic and wow them with valuable insights!
2. Tell your own stories
The speaker’s credibility 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 can relate to them.
For example, during her speech on the “Chutzpah” spirits – the endeavouring shades of the Israelis, a young speaker recalled her experience overcoming the typical fearful attitudes toward making a mistake – something she had gotten from the education style of her country. She spoke about how she learned to embrace her mistakes, voice her opinions, and finally 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.
3. Personalise your Slides
This is the most visible way to show your individuality. You should consider many aspects 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 the audience sees, so choose one that you find communicative of the topic you discuss and best describes your personality. It can be in pastel pink, 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 since a picture 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 unique backgrounds and colour effects for FREE.
Communicating on a 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!