Tom Antion: Hi! I am Tom Antion a veteran of over 3000 paid speaking engagements around the world. What I've seen way too much of, are presenters that feel that their visuals make them exciting on stage. Now, don't get me wrong. I know that visuals are important in a presentation; they are expected in many venues, but you can't depend on them to be the presentation. You are the presentation; you are the one who needs to be exciting.
So, I am going to give you five tips to be an exciting presenter if your PowerPoint and your projector just blow up. The first I'd like to tell you about is voice inflection. You shouldn't be monotone, hello, how are you, I am Tom. No, emphasize the adjectives. Go, it's a beautiful day outside. The word beautiful is an adjective. Hit it hard, it instantly makes your voice inflection better. Number two, use appropriate humor, research your crowd, find out what's funny that's happened in the organization. See what the CEO jokes about all the time. You jump in and they'll love you like one of their own and bring solutions. If you are going to bother coming to an event and taking up people's time, make sure that what you're saying applies to their situation.
Number four, deliver at the hope level, deliver just enough information out of their reach that they feel like, wow! We could do what he is talking about. They'll love you when you do that and they'll go out and do what you suggest. Then, the last thing number five, be accessible. Be a professional, go early, get to know the people, stay late, answer their questions and you will be perceived as a much more exciting speaker.