If you find yourself dreaming of warmer weather these days, you’re probably getting ready to head to sunny Orlando, Florida, for the annual Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference. Or, at least you wish you were. If you are one of the lucky P2P professionals heading south for this week’s conference, pay attention to the presenters.
You may be attending the conference to network and gain useful peer-to-peer knowledge, but it’s also a great opportunity to advance your presentation skills. Whether you regularly present in front of a large audience or not, chances are that you need to convey something to someone at some point, and by paying attention to what other presenters are doing right, you can enhance your own skills.
While reading our tips below, reflect on your own presentation style. What do you do well? What could you do better?
Here are four ways to captivate your audience:
Whether you are training your peer-to-peer fundraising staff, sharing what you’ve learned at conferences and seminars, or reporting to your Board or senior leadership – there are numerous occasions where being an effective presenter will serve you well as a P2P professional. Presenting is an art, one that gets better with study and practice.
I can see my parents shaking their heads right now, since they tried to give me this same lecture about study and practice when I was learning how to play the piano many years ago. I was too young to appreciate their wisdom at the time, but they were right. If you want to be a better presenter, study what others are doing and then practice. If you are attending this week’s Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum, you will have the opportunity to learn from a lot of great presenters. I hope to see you at the front of a room, captivating your audience, very soon.
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