As a professional speaker I am always looking for new ways to make my presentations more successful. Although I never stop learning and applying new tips to my presentations, I have found one strategy that continually works well.
One of the top tips for a successful presentation I have found is to show a movie clip. Showing clips, especially humorous ones, always adds a lot of interest and fun. For example, I love including clips from Office Space, specifically when the main character knocks down his cubicle to get a better view of the outdoors. Clips can help keep your audience engaged while not over-straining them, which is essential in any professional presentation. More importantly, when applied to sales, it could make or break a deal.
Of course, it is extremely important to ensure you have rights to the movies you are showing. I have found that the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation has the best value for a license, as well as covers an enormous number of poplar movies. You can contact Vice President of Key Accounts, Erica Haupert at 800-462-8855, ext 3010 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can visit their site at http://www.mplc.com
In a recession economy, it is extremely important to think outside of the box and continually give presentations which impress your audiences. Getting the rights to show a video and starting to implement them in your pitch is a tip that I wholly recommend to take your presentations to the next level.
Feel free to leave comments on additional tips for a successful presentation you have found!