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How to Use Technology to Keep Your Audience Engaged in Presentations

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Remember the first time you used a word processing program like Word or Pages? Remember the urge to try 19 different fonts? Maybe you actually did use as many font types and sizes imaginable. Once. Then the feedback likely taught you that too much of a good thing is a bad thing. It overwhelms the communication.

Use technology effectively, not exclusively.

Technology in a presentation works along those same lines. You want to use it but you want to use it effectively, not exclusively.

Multimedia is more than high tech.

We tend to think of multimedia as high-tech. That’s not the case. Anything that helps you get your point across and get your audience involved in your presentation is multimedia. That might include technology like PowerPoint or Keynote but it might also include low-tech or no-tech options too like handouts, exercises, and demonstrations.

The combination is the key.

Using a combination of high-tech and low-tech will set you up for success far more than relying exclusively on high-tech to get the job done and get your audience involved.

Technology, like using too many fonts in a Word document, can become a major distraction, a stumbling block between you and your audience. Used in balance with low-tech options, however, technology becomes what it’s designed for: a way to enhance your communication.

Think engagement first, technology second.

In this video, I’ll share with you a way to re-think when and how much technology to use in your presentation–especially when you give a presentation you want your audience to engage in.

This blog post has been re-published by kind permission of Gerry Sandusky – View the original post .


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Gerry Sandusky, is the New York Times best-selling author of Forgotten Sundays, the play-by-play voice for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, the sports director for Baltimore's WBAL TV, and a noted authority on communication, motivation, perception, and change.

Gerry has won Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for outstanding broadcasts.

The son of former NFL coach, John Sandusky, Gerry has found his own niche in coaching as president of The Sandusky Group, a communications-consulting firm.
The Sandusky Group helps professionals who are experts in their field look, feel, and perform better in front of every audience, and influence that audience. The Sandusky Group shows experts how to shine.

Gerry and his wife founded the Joe Sandusky Fund, to honor Gerry's late brother. The fund grants college scholarships to students who demonstrate passion, talent, initiative, and a drive to fulfil their dreams. Read other posts by

Published On: 7th Jul 2017

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