March 18, 2009

Pros and cons of making presentations more fun



When I suggest making your presentations more fun, what comes to mind? For example:

Pros:

The audience will be engaged and pay more attention.

The presentation will be memorable and stick in the audience's minds.

Cons:

I feel silly using toys, activities or music in my presentation.

My boss would never go for something he considers "fluff."

I'd love to hear your thoughts on whether or not you would consider making your presentations more fun, and why or why not? What are the pros and cons that come to mind?

Please comment!

2 comments. Please add yours! :

Dr. Jim Anderson said...

Well now there's a bait piece if I ever did see one! Of course everyone wants to make our next preso more "fun". However, to your points about feeling silly about doing so, maybe it's because of the word that you used - "fun".

In a business setting, I'm pretty sure that everyone would sign up to be more "engaging". More "captivating". More "engrossing". These all fit with a workplace setting.

Now all that being said, HOW you do these stuffy business like things turns out to be exactly the same way that you'd be more fun. It's just that you don't use the "f-word" and so you don't feel so silly about the whole thing.


- Dr. Jim Anderson
The Accidental Communicator Blog
"Learn How To Calm Your Fears, Wow Your Audience, And Get Your Point Across"

Lisa Braithwaite said...

Well, yes. I'm specifically talking about "fun!" I don't think "captivating" or "engrossing" are exactly the same thing. And yep, there's the problem. We think we have to be so serious and businesslike all the time, which translates to dull, dreary and boring. Yuck.

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