Great stories happen to those who can tell them.
- Ira Glass
Know how to tell stories good, and even the most banal of things can be told like it was the biggest adventure.
Be the presentation
You know exactly what you want to say, you’ve worked hours designing a great looking presentation, you’ve practiced until you could practice no more and still you end up being nothing more than a talking head. Your audience is disinterested and remote, even though your jokes are good and your delivery is excellent. What you’re missing is: passion.
Great speakers are passionate
The key to giving a great presentation is being passionate about the Subject. Not only do you need to know everything about the subject, you have to be deeply interested, you have to care. It’s the one thing all TED talks have in common: the speakers care about their subject, it fills them with joy and they want to tell everyone about it.
Passion cannot be made
You can’t just will yourself into being passionate about something. Passion stems from a boundless enthusiasm, which is something you can’t just create from scratch. But the good news is: you can become passionate about something over time. A large part of enthusiasm comes from being informed about a subject: knowing more will result in more curiosity, which in turn results in being enthusiastic about it. Which may or may not evolve into a passion.
What if you’re not passionate about a subject, but still have to present it? Oftentimes, there will be multiple angles from which you can approach a certain subject. Find the angle you’re interested in most, and start garnering information. Chances are you’ll find something you actually care about, hidden in the layers of information. Grasp that emotion, and use it to spice up your boring presentation.