12 most pleasant ways to avoid death by PowerPoint

To engage your audience—and bolster your reputation as a dynamic presenter—try these techniques.

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As a presenter, you have many ways to spice up a presentation to help your audience avoid death by PowerPoint.

Getting people to show up to the presentation can be the biggest challenge. The best way is to form a reputation for being a dynamic presenter. If you don’t have that, build your reputation by incorporating these 12 tips.

1. Engaging title and description

If you are not the conference’s keynote speaker, you will probably have to persuade people to attend your presentation. The easiest way to do so, aside from begging and leveraging personal favors, is to have an engaging and attention-grabbing title and description in the program.

2. Get personal

Personal stories are interesting—or should be—and show how your topic is relevant to you and to people in your field. Consider sharing personal experiences and stories in your presentation.

3. Connect with social media

Live-tweet your presentation, and schedule it ahead of time with HootSuite. Include your Twitter handle and a hashtag on the first and last slide. Inject three tweetable moments into your presentation to make sharing easy for the audience.

4. Leverage photos

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