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5 Ways to Rock a Presentation

Did you know that you not only have your audience’s highest attention at the beginning of a presentation, but also at the end? I know when I see the conclusion slide or a proctor in the background motioning a speaker to wrap up, I tend to perk up and focus more on the speaker. As research shows, most people do the same. 

In my opinion, the ending of a presentation is perhaps slightly more important than starting off on the right foot. It’s the last chance to impress your listeners, so why not rock it? That being said, here are a few tips for how to amp up your presentation by doing more than mumbling your contact information to close.

  • Think ‘forward. Take a step forward toward your audience and raise your voice for the last 30 seconds of your presentation. People often are in such a hurry to finish a presentation that they step back and soften their voice to close. Remember to stay strong until the end, and stay connected to your audience.
  • Use a surprising fact or rhetorical question instead of restating your key message. This will help re-engage the audience instead of giving a boring, quick summary of your entire presentation. It will also give them something to think about and discuss with peers when you are finished.
  • Look at the audience. The last slide of your presentation is most likely a bulleted recap, so don’t look at it. Keep your eyes on your audience to keep your listeners engaged.
  • Feel like you rocked it no matter what. Be confident! Regardless of whether you just mispronounced a word or completely bombed your presentation, act like it went exactly as planned. Projecting disappointment will definitely make your audience think they wasted their time. 
  • Stay. An hour without checking emails or text messages can be unthinkable for a presenter, but it is important to stay calm, composed and confident after your presentation. Show respect for your audience and stick around to talk with them afterward. Sometimes, this part is even more important that the actual presentation.

You spend countless hours preparing for a presentation, so don’t let the last few minutes ruin the work you put into it. Rock your entire presentation by ending strong!

Sarah Lichterman is an account manager for Obsidian Public Relations. Need guidance on an upcoming presentation? Email her at

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