Let’s compare a presentation to the human body. We’ve listed down the elements of a presentation as counterparts of the body, with each part having a corresponding function. A good presentation needs all its parts to be healthy.
1. The heart
This is the message, the core of your presentation. Do you have a story to tell? Data to report? Product to sell?
This is the very fiber of which you and your audience are strung together. In this moment, under this purpose, you are conveying a message hoping that your audience can feel the pulsating gravity of what you are saying, and what they need to hear. If your heart is weak, everything else is as well.
2. The skin
The visual aspect. How you choose your message to be seen. What are you using to get the interest of your audience?
It is true that the beauty of the skin does not always equate to the strength of the heart. Sometimes you see a beautiful visual but the message is lacking. Sometimes the message is strong but the visual is dull.
3. The muscles
Your engaging factor. Your expressions and movements bring life to your presentation. Project confidence with the way you stand and the way you move. Put emphasis on points with movement. Know when to smile and when to look stern. Your influence on your audience is greatly affected by your movements.
4. The lungs
The delivery. This is where breathing, pacing, and volume of speech come in. Are there certain parts where you have to speak louder or pause for silence?
The way you speak affects the tone of your entire presentation. Don’t forget to breathe, give your audience time to digest. Your audience can tell if you are machine-gunning it, or if you doubt your presentation just by the way you breathe.
5. The brain
Ability to be relate-able. Your ability to make good judgements with the audience you're with will help you connect with them. Do they prefer to see all numbers and charts? Would they appreciate jokes and animated content? Mirror your audience and find out what will make them identify with you and your presentation.
6. The spleen
Kidding, we have nothing for the spleen.
That’s our take on the anatomy of a good presentation as a human body. Well it can also be in animal form, really, it’s just easier to visualize the human body. We need to look at presentations seeing all the parts as vital.