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How to say thank you at the end of a presentation in a cool way [VIDEO]

In this video you will learn how to say thank you at the end of a presentation in a cool way. This might seem like something simple because you could end your presentation by just saying thank you, right? Yes and no. Yes, because you can end almost every presentation by saying thank you and walking away. No, because that’s not cool and you can try to make your thank you a memorable part of your presentation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyVgCNx9y4k

What people remember

Generally speaking, and from some research done by someone much smarter than me, it is said that people tend to remember the beginning of something and the ending of something more so than the events that happened in between.

Based on that, the beginning of your presentation and the ending of your presentation are very important because those are the parts most people will remember the best. And one of the best ways to end your presentation, just before you say thank you, is to give your audience a call-to-action.

What’s a call-to-action?

A call-to-action is something that instructs the audience to act. This is very common in advertising and especially in infomercials. You often hear the host telling you it’s time to buy, or call, do something about your snoring by clicking the button. I’m sure you’ve heard a call-to-action many, many times.

How to use a call-to-action to end a presentation in cool way

So you’re going to use a call-to-action together with thank you, and if we use my motivation example from last time, your ending would sound something like this:

“You guys have now learned a lot about motivation. So I want you to think about what motivates you. What are you most passionate about? What will you be able to find that can motivate you to do something with your life? Thanks for listening."

And then you just... WALK OFF THE STAGE!

Why ending your presentation like this works and is cool

  • First, you’re connecting the ending of your presentation with your topic, which will help your audience remember what they just listened to.
  • Second, you’re giving them a call-to-action, which engages your audience and again, helps them remember your presentation.
  • And third, you are using an old trick that many comedians use, and that’s to suddenly end your presentation when your audience isn’t exactly expecting you to end your presentation. That bit of surprise also makes your presentation memorable, because remember when I said that people remember the beginning of something and the ending of something? Well, that’s what suddenly ending your presentation does.

So when you are preparing your presentation content and you’re wondering how to say thank you, be sure to include a call-to-action and just quickly end when people least expect it.

Thanks.

(Like that! Hehe)

How to Sound Like a Native English Speaker When Presenting Part 2 [VIDEO]

Posting follow up content is a great way to keep your audience coming back for more content. Here's an example of something I created as a follow up to my previous week's video about how to sound like a native English speaker when giving a presentation. In this video about how to sound like a native English speaker when giving a presentation, you will learn three additional strategies to help you. After last week's video, I received a message from from Dave MacLeod, a Korean to English translator based in Calgary, Canada. He suggested two brilliant ideas related to presentation scripts translated into English. So I decided to make a video about Dave's two ideas, plus an additional one of my own.

https://youtu.be/IPqOoEfk07A

1. Dave's first idea is to translate your presentation script into colloquial English. Colloquial English is English that is spoken commonly by most native English speakers. It is the casual language you will most likely encounter in an English speaking country. Colloquial English will help your presentation sound more natural, which will help you sound more like a native English speaker.

Dave also suggests not to worry about a direct translation, to allow the translator freedom to choose the appropriate words that convey your meaning.

2. Dave's second idea is to get your presentation script recorded by a native English speaker. This may seem expensive and time consuming, but you can go to a website called fiverr.com and find a native English voice actor to record your script. Prices start at five dollars and that usually includes about 100 words. But please check the website, as each person on that site charges a little differently.

The main point being you can get a perfect sounding version of your presentation to practice with. This will helps intonation, speed and pronunciation. One additional piece of advice is to ask the voice actor to record the script at a slower speed then native speed, which should help you speak at a good pace.

3. And the third thing is my idea, which is to use your newly translated script and voice recording to make your own recording. What I mean is turn on a video camera and practice your presentation using the script and the recording. You can then check if you are speaking accurately and with the same speed and intonation as the voice recording.

Now all of this costs some money and you'll need time to prepare, but it could be worthwhile investment.

Thanks to Dave for the great tips! Hope you enjoyed those. Let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions and good luck.