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Stop Ending Your Speeches With 'Any Questions' and End With This Instead

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Stop Ending Your Speeches With 'Any Questions' and End With This Instead
Don't let your audience decide how you're going to end your presentation You have a big presentation to make to your client, your funders, or your boss. You've spent hours developing a deck that's concise, crisp, and visually stunning. You've practiced the delivery so that you speak with clarity, calm, and confidence.

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Recap And Reinforce

Recap And Reinforce

Recap or summarize your content for your audience, reviewing and reinforcing your key points.

People in the audience generally have short attention spans and this will help drive in your key points to them.

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Invite And Engage

Invite And Engage

Instead of a quick escape by flashing an 'Any questions?' slide, invite clarifications and feedback, actively engaging the audience with the points discussed.

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Have The Last Word

Have The Last Word

Share your conclusion at the end, reinforcing the key message of your presentation.

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Lasting Last Impressions

Lasting Last Impressions

Close the presentation in a meaningful and memorable way, making sure you prepare and practice it. It may be a powerful quotation or even a short story, but it should linger in the minds of the audience.

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  • Own the space. If you can, get to the room early and really imagine owning it.

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Bill Gates presentation style

  • Catching attention with an interesting statement, to build connection with your audience
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  • Showing investment in the subject

Cite examples

When you speak about an idea or process to your audience, you know exactly what you're talking about. But the audience doesn't. 

These concepts can be very abstract without concrete examples to illustrate. Give them examples, and you'll keep their attention.

Ask effective questions

When you make a statement to your audience, they're passive. Asking questions gets them involved mentally, making them active.