Stay in the Know: Emotionally Intelligent Presentations

Today the ABR blog is helping you “stay in the know” by sharing an article that we found interesting. We think you will too.

As a facilitator, presenter, coach, and frequent subject matter expert, I am often tasked with leading discussions with people around the country on a variety of topics, from organizational strategy to technical products to topics in self-development. Delivering presentations and facilitation engagements are the most thrilling and rewarding tasks for me because of the human connection—the ability to move an audience and shift them through their own self-discovery of important and relatable chunks of information. I thrive off the energy of my audience, their intrigue, and the ability to share my confidence and passion on the topic.

When preparing for presentations, I always think about my audience and ask myself a few key questions: If I were in their shoes, what would I want to know? How would I react to what I’m hearing and how would I challenge what I hear? Why is this relevant to me (WIIFM)?

Inc. magazine published an article called “How to Give an Emotionally Intelligent Presentation,” which is based on viewing the presentation from your audience’s perspective as opposed to your own. The author, Justin Bariso, shares three tips to make your next presentation emotionally intelligent. Aside from what is highlighted in the article, do not forget that confidence in your delivery, your presence, and your tone will also contribute to delivering emotionally intelligent presentations. Very much like sales, these tips will help you continue to earn the right to be heard, to be received, and to connect to your audience.

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