"We rarely pay attention to how we sound. We cram a lot of words into one sentence. We speak to fit in, not to stand out." These great observations come from Peggy McNulty, a voice instructor in McLean, VA. I couldn't agree more!
Every time you start a presentation with "thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak" you're fitting in, not standing out. And you bore the audience.
Every time you put all your ideas into slides then 'present' the slides, you're fitting in, not standing out. And you bore the audience.
Every time you tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them, then tell them what you told them, you're speaking to fit in, not stand out. And you bore the audience.
All this boring talk just makes the audience think that YOU, personally, are boring. Is that what you want?
Be creative and original with your content and your delivery. Talk to the audience about their interests and issues. Grab them from the first unexpected words and keep them engaged with stories and your own interpretations, relevancies and perspectives. Give them a ringing call-to-action to take with them.
That's the way your speech or presentation will stand out and that will make you a stand out too.