Presenting to a new audience? Start off in the best way by asking them what their expectations are and what they already know!
People who attend a presentation are more often than not there for a particular reason. In order to deliver a successful presentation, you want to give the audience what they want and more, whilst making it memorable. That is why it is incredibly important to manage and measure the audience’s expectations and whether or not you meet them.
The best way to kick start a presentation is to ask the audience what they are hoping to get out of the presentation, or what they are expecting from it. Expectations are typically based on people’s previous experiences. In other cases, they may have been given some misinformation about the presentation and base their expectations on that. Finding out what they are expecting or hope to achieve from the presentation enables you to manage expectations and try and meet their needs.
To deliver an efficient and effective presentation you should find out what your audience already know about the topic and adapt the presentation to fit them. Your ability to adjust the talk will enable you to give a more engaging, successful presentation where the attendees get the most from it.