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Have you ever delivered a presentation at work to colleagues, clients or stakeholders and as soon as you finish, you are asked questions that you have just addressed in your presentation.

They weren’t listening!

It’s a harsh truth but people aren’t paying attention to your presentation.

You might be sharing interesting information, data, graphs, designs, empathy maps, sketches, and ideas but your listeners can still zone out and stop listening.

But if you fail to connect with your audience, teammates, clients and stakeholders you may lose out on getting buy-in. You can lose time. Many mistakes can be made which can end up being very costly.

In today’s episode I am sharing how you can make your colleagues and audience listen to you by having a dynamic presentation that captivates and inspires your team mates so they aren’t leaving the presentation feeling more confused than when they first joined.

Times to check out:

(02:40) Why no one listens

(05:20) When people ‘actually’ pay attention

(07:21) Starting with a strong opening

(10:07) Asking a question

(11:47) Expectations of what is to come

(13:22) What to do when people start to zone out?

(16:24) How to keep it dynamic

(18:00) An engaging presentation structure

(20:17) Important tips for engaging people

If you have a presentation coming up and you’d like to learn more communication tips and strategies then get your name on The Fluent Club waiting list so you will be the first to hear when it next opens. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it! The Fluent Club is the best place for design and tech professionals to reach a higher level of fluency, express yourself confidently, and grow as a professional in a fun, supportive environment with like-minded people.

Recommended episode:

How to Summarise Information and End Your Presentation

Explaining Your Process with Clarity





WHO AM I: I’m Gemma Keeling, Founder, and CEO at Fluent Speakers. With a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from The University of Oxford, and an undergraduate degree in Spanish and Teaching English as a Second Language, I have extensive training and expertise in education. I have travelled extensively and worked in many different societies and cultures. I coach digital design and tech professionals to improve their communication skills in English.

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