We have to be cognizant not to stumble toward the end.
Think of how the top runners in the Boston Marathon find their pace. Though they quicken at times, the best of the best don’t lose gusto at the end. You, too, must keep your energy strong all the way through the conclusion.
So often, we put most of our prep and thought into the beginning of our presentations and the content that will immediately follow. Then once we reach the end, it becomes a mad dash to get it over with. Don’t make that mistake. It would be like training for the swim and bike parts of a triathlon, but not the run.
Your listeners have the highest attention levels at the beginning and at the end of presentations-which means those last few minutes are crucial.
To maximize the impact of those last precious moments of your presentation, heed these six tips:
1. Go back to your key message. Restate your point of view, the specific action you want your listener to take, and the benefit to the listener.