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How to present a natural and persuasive presentation

Updated on March 31, 2011

Presentation is an art of capability and skill to portray to audience the juice of an issue or a topic. To make your presentation look naturally persuasive, a speaker first needs to have a sense of humility. How to be present a natural and persuasive presentation? For a start, humility can go a very long way in a presentation. The goal of a presenter is know your audience and capture their attention. Humility can provide a fond and down to earth perspective from the audience towards the speaker. Being bossy and arrogant will make the audience despise the speaker and therefore the interest to listen to what the speaker wants to present most likely will disappear. Your audience consists of many people and they might be someone who is more credible than you.

Though I rate highly of humility, a presenter should not start of their speech with a statement saying "I am not feeling well today or I am not good at this so bear with me." It is common for some culture to be down to earth but be aware that to capture audience's attention, the speaker must possess something to offer like an advice, a way of thinking, a strategy or anything beneficial for the audience to devote their attention to you. Letting the audience know your flaw or that you are not feeling well will just throw the audience's attention away knowing your presentation is not worth paying attention to.

Have you ever wonder why they called a con man as con man? A simple definition for the word con man would be someone who lie and trick other people in order to make a living. The term "con man" comes from the word "confident". What does this means? It means confident is the key to be persuasive. For example in a movie "Matchstick Man" or " Catch me if you can". Starred by Nicholas Cage, Leonardo di Caprio, and Tom Hanks. I recommend you watch these two movies and observe how persuasive they are developing their poker face and making people believe and get people to do things they initially rejected to do. Persuasive is the strongest attribute in presentation. It is because your audience is not robots or machine. Your audience is a human being that has feelings and emotions. A presenter who can get the audience trusts therefore manipulate and stir their feelings and emotion into a whirlwind, is a great speaker. This is just the surface advice on how to present a natural and persuasive presentation.

The last thing a presenter needs to do is preparation. Practice is essential in everything you need to do to become good at. It is not something that will be acquired overnight and definitely not an easy task to stand in front of twenty or hundreds of people. Learn how to generate your speech into "hooks", meaning make the audience listen intently to what you are saying. Plot your speech like in the movie where an introduction, climax, anti climax, a drop, a sudden or an unexpected turnaround. It is like telling a story, that is how your make your audience, metaphorically, '"eating from the palms of your hand" and that is how you present a natural and persuasive presentation.


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      Tweetmom 6 years ago from Newark

      @ ericcuthbert50 The differences between conman, sales person and woman may varies but i do know they all share one similarities which are, they all have their own ways in getting the things they wanted. lol

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      ericcuthbert50 6 years ago from United Kingdom, Newcastle Tyne & Wear

      Many sales people present their product or service. I have often though what is the difference between sales people and conmen or women?

      Where as a Conman is only interested in personal gain, at the detrimental effect of his or her victim. A Salesperson genuinely believes in the product or service and can only benefit the customer or client

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      daffodil2010 6 years ago

      thanks for sharing this hub

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      Tweetmom 6 years ago from Newark

      Thanks mate. Logic and common sense is important to be persuasive as well :)

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      logic,commonsense 6 years ago

      Some are naturals at persuasion. I try logic and commonsense myself! :)

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      Tweetmom 6 years ago from Newark

      Thank you cogerson for appreciating my writings. From some surveys and research results show that more people fear of talking in front of public compared to fear of death. Me myself is still trying to slowly eliminate my fear towards public speaking.

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      Great hub with some great advice.....some people fear public speaking worse than death .....I think if they follow your advice...they will be just fine