Presentations are given to inform, impart knowledge, or to introduce a new scheme, product or an idea. Most of us would have either given or attended a presentation. So how to conclude a presentation?
People present various kinds of presentations. For example, oral presentations, paper presentations, PowerPoint presentations and poster presentations.
Every type of presentation has three parts in general.
Introduction and body summarizes the information and helps the presenter put forward their idea to the audience. To keep the audience linked to the information or the message of the presentations, the conclusion helps.
You can prepare the conclusion in a way that the audience will remember the presentation for the minimum time required. After all, in a meal, people always remember the dessert.
Interactive sessions are always very useful in including the audience to the presentation. It can make the whole process a success by making the audience active participants.
Ways to make the presentation an active one:
- Q & A session: the audience can answer to the questions of the presenter and the even ask questions among themselves.
- Group discussions: The audience can have group discussions within themselves to discuss and clear doubts about the presentations.
- Brain storming: the audience can discuss the information presented and go further to include or leave out anything else.
- Take your turn: Everyone should take their turn to speak about the presentation and their opinions.
Let us look at different types of presentations and how to conclude them.
In an oral presentation, people always start with a catchy introduction. It is a way of easing the audience into hearing mode. After the presenter has given the information to the audience and spoken about the message or product or idea, they have to give the audience a reason to remember the information. This is done with the help of a conclusion.
Keep the key points at hand and after you’re done with the presentation, take an interactive session (see Interactive session).
In a paper presentation, after you have given the presentation, you can help the audience get a gist of the whole matter. Explain the information in brief and let the audience ask questions regarding the matter. After which you can choose any one of the integrative sessions given above (see Interactive session).
In a PowerPoint presentation, take care to keep the audience hitched to the presentation. You can do this by keeping a slide with the key points on screen and discussing the points one by one.
After the discussion is over, you can choose anyone of the interactive methods to conclude (see Interactive session).
Usually, an idea is presented in a poster presentation. This idea is depicted in a poster that would be displayed in various places either in house or outside the office. For this type of presentations, you can take photocopies of the poster and give them to the audience for a close look and understanding.
Apart from this, you can use some interactive sessions to keep the audience glued to the idea and the information (see Interactive session).