M: Well,what did you think of my presentation?
W: Do you want me to be frank? I know you worked very hard on it.
M: Yes,give it to me straight. I have my own opinion too, but I appreciate your comments and suggestions.
W: You said you have your own opinion about it. So how do you think it went?
M: I thought it went okay at first, but I could feel that there were some bad transitions. I think I spent too much time on some slides and didn’t express them well.
W: I agree on this points. But to me, it was flat. Five minutes into it, I had a hard time paying attention.
M: Flat? Do you mean my voice?
W: Yes,that’s part of it. There was very little passion, almost like you were reading it. I’m sure you can do better.
M: Do you have any suggestions?
W: First,let me say that I like the slides themselves. The designs were nice and easy to read. But the one thing you didn’t do was engage with the audience. You focused on the slides and didn’t address the audience.
M: Oh, I was trying to, but I guess I was too nervous. I didn’t want to forget anything.
W: You have a great smile. You need to show that smile and your expressions when you present. Make eye contact.
M: When you present, I noticed you always do that. And you pause between ideas. But it seems so easy for you.
W: For me I look the faces in the audience. I watch their expression. I really try to communicate with them. Once I do that it comes naturally, because it becomes a real communication.
M: You seem to enjoy it.
W: Well,I’m always nervous too before I get started. But once I connect with audience,I’m okay.
M: So connecting with the audience is the key. Focus on them and not me, right?
W: Yes,well put. In fact, if you do that, you’ll have to adjust your presentation. It has to flow, like in a real conversation. We have to respond to each other. And the pauses are so that the presentation can breathe.
M: Hmm,it seems so obvious, but I never thought it like that. That’s great advices. I wish we had talk before my presentation.
W: If we had, you may not have been open like you are now. Anyway, I’m sure your next presentations will improve. I take practice as anything. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
M: No, I won’t. But next time I’ll do better, and I hope you’re there.
W: Ok,well, let’s get back to work.