5 Keys to Nailing the First 60 Seconds of a Presentation


A presentation has the ability to make or break a deal. While there will be follow-ups to every presentation before the deal is signed or closed but a great presentation has the potential to get the job done. At the same time, it can ruin all your chances of closing a deal or accomplishing the purpose that you had set out with.

No matter what kind of presentation you are about to deliver, who all are in the audience, what the setting is and what your eventual purpose is, your presentation should entice people right from the start. The first 60 seconds is what you have to impress the people. If you fail to entice your audience or to make an impact in the first 60 seconds, then you will struggle to achieve your objective.

How To Nail The First 60 Seconds Of Your Presentation is a comprehensive guide to what you should be doing and what you should not be doing during the first minute so you can make the best impression on your audience.

If you waste the first minute, you will lose the attention of your audience, you will fail to draw in the crowds who were running late or were outside, you may compel some people in your audience to leave or to be distracted throughout the presentation.

Getting it right in the first 60 seconds is not that difficult. Imagine the last bestseller you have read and the last blockbuster movie you have seen. How did the author of the book and makers of the movie draw you in through the first sixty seconds?

There has to be something different, something unique, something entertaining or shocking, something evocative or educative, you must have a style, there should be confidence in your voice and you must be able to distract your audience from everything around them and have them focus on you and your presentation. There is a reason why stories start with a great beginning and why movies start with a bang. It is to completely shut the outside world for the audience so one is focused entirely on the book or movie.

That is what you should be doing. Once you have the attention of your audience and they have started liking you, they will like your presentation, either entirely or partially, either right away or eventually.