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Presentations are not static, lifeless events.

They should be energetic, full of energy and keep the audience engaged at all times! How can you ensure that your next presentation isn't just a bunch of slides that you click through?

1. Clean up your deck. Don't have lots of slides with heavy content. If you give the audience words to read, they will. What's worse is, so will you! Eyes like to read. So every time your eye sees text, you'll be tempted to read it and then you won't be in conversation mode. When in doubt, cut it out! Cut as much off the slide as you can.

2. Cut back on slides. PPT is an addiction. Once you get started, you end up wanting  more and more slides. The less slides the better. Clicking thru a bunch of slides hypnotizes the audience. More you, less slides.

3. Don't present: converse!  Conversation is king. Talk with the audience, pull them into your story. If you present facts and figures, you're presenting. Talk about the "why" and the "how" and you'll have more of a conversation. Best of all,  you'll be more natural and authentic!

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Loraine Antrim is co-founder of Core Ideas Communication, a communications consulting agency focused on presentation development and media training for C-suite executives. Core Ideas enables executives to package and communicate relevant and compelling messages in their presentations and interviews. Loraine's expertise is killing butterflies. You know, butterflies: the feeling in your stomach before you have to present or speak in public. Loraine works with executives to create a powerful story, memorable messages and an authentic delivery style. Confidence kicks in, and butterflies scatter. Nice work killing butterflies! You can contact Loraine at: manager at coreideas.com