Presenting at CEDIA Expo? More Tips to Create Great Presentations

Presenting at CEDIA Expo? More Tips to Create Great Presentations

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In our last blog post, we shared six tips for impactful presentations. Whether you are a seasoned presenter or new to the game, here are even more recommendations when you are making a CEDIA Expo presentation.

The Makings of a Great CEDIA Expo Presentation

Come prepared

The presentation gods like to play a little trick on us every now and then; it’s called “the room doesn’t have the right cable” or “why isn’t the projector working?!”. There can be all sorts of tech mishaps when it comes to presentations, so our best advice is to COME PREPARED.

Don’t count on CEDIA Expo to have everything you need for your presentation; bring your own laptop, HDMI cable, etc. You’ll also want to have backups of your presentations, as in, multiple backups (USB flash drive, Google Docs or Dropbox, your email and in your computer). You can never be too safe!

Shoot for 20 minutes or less

It’s been proven that the average attention span of an adult is 20 minutes (and that is getting even shorter by the minute), so even if you have more time allotted, try to shoot for the 20-minute mark.

What if your CEDIA Expo presentation has to last longer? Try to break it up with interactive sessions, a standing break, Q&A… anything that breaks up the format to reengage the audience and give them a break to reenergize.

Use video

Trying to get your point across with the same, long format can be boring. A relevant video can be a compliment to a presentation and give the speaker a short break.

Make sure that the video is up to the same quality standard as the rest of your presentation and that it adds value to what is being presented.

Avoid the fluff

Have you ever left a presentation feeling that it was a waste of your time? A good presentation leaves the audience feeling like it was worth their time by presenting quality information in a succinct manner.


Avoid overexplaining a point or filling in information holes with things that aren’t relevant to your point. Don’t feel you have to fill up the time, people appreciate a short presentation full of quality information than longer presentations that are full of fluff. Go for quality over quantity.

Practice

This is not the time to wing it. You’ll want to make sure you are prepared for your presentation. Write an outline with bullet points of your most important ideas. You can write these in a separate document or use the presenter notes. Stand in your living room and give the presentation to an imaginary audience, practice in front of the mirror, record your voice on your phone… make sure that you are comfortable with your speech and have your important points memorized.

Learn from the best

Like anything in life, there are people that are really great at giving presentations; study them. Pay special attention to how they introduce a topic, how they connect their ideas, what the slides look like, if they use any prompts to engage the audience, what their body language communicates.

A great place to watch good presentations is Ted Talks.

Make it actionable

What do you want your audience to do immediately when they leave the room? Finish your presentation with a strong call to action, that single idea that you want to ingrain in their brains. The one thing that, if it’s the only thing that they remember, you’ll consider your presentation a success. Give them ideas and encourage them to carry out the action you are suggesting.

And here they are, our top recommendations for great presentations. What has worked really well for you in the past? Share your best tips in the comments below.

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