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Presenters: Are You as Boring as They Say?

May 5, 2014

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Carla Cross

About Carla Cross, CRB, MA International speaker, trainer, and coach specializing in career development, business planning, brokerage management, leadership, and instructor development. What sets Read more

Let's get honest. Do your students get bored when you present? As a student, you know those 71/2 clock hour courses can be killers! The presenter goes on and on. It may be great information, but, after _____ minutes (you fill in your blank), you just zone out. And, sellers and buyers feel the same way about boring presentations. Here are 2 quick tips to rev up your presentations, increase your effectiveness, and keep your ‘audience’ riveted.
  1. Ask more questions

Don’t go over 3 minutes in a listing or buyer presentation without asking a question.  How about your presentations? Do you drone on for ½ hour or an hour without involving your audience? Quit right now. That’s where your audience ‘control’ problems start—when it’s all about you.

Action: Write down a question you can ask during your normal ‘lecture’ period. Or, as a listing or buyer’s agent, write down a question you can ask instead of droning on over 3-4 minutes.

2. Quit Lecturing

If you’re doing a presentation, and you’re lecturing more than 10 minutes at a time, you’re losing your audience’s attention. Instead, break up that lecture with some questions. Better yet, use ‘alternative delivery methods’ (all those methods to teach besides lecture!). Those would include breaking students into task forces, or giving small groups a case study to tackle, or role play.

You can even do some of this with your sellers and buyers. Involve them in the process!

Action: If you’ve taken an instructor development course, go back and see where the instructor used ‘alternative delivery methods’. Then, find a place in your presentation where you could use one of these methods. Keep expanding your horizons!

The result: You’ll have more enthusiastic ‘receivers’. You’ll have more fun teaching, and you’ll greatly reduce any audience ‘control’ challenges.

Click here to grab my 'workshop cheat sheet', which shows you how to put alternative delivery methods into any workshop--and in which order so they 'flow' right.