Presenters present presentations everywhere and all the time.  I’m sure you have done your time reading some and making some. Ever wondered why is that only a handful of presentations we sit through are really captivating or stick with us more than 48hrs.

Most  presenters are overwhelmed by facts, figures, value propositions and the-tell-everything-you-can card in order to impress their audience and thus end us making a roller coaster of slides which is too much to absorb in one sitting. Other just don’t put in the required time to understand their audience, sense their feeling and rehearse. Steve Jobs became the master of presentations and was also described as “influential”.  

When charity: water Founder and CEO Scott Harrison shares a personal story of how  “spiritually bankrupt” New York City night club promoter found courage, purpose — and a new mission in life — on a trip to one of the poorest countries in West Africa, he not only  captured the audience’s attention but also their heart.  

 Gary Vaynerchuck did the unthinkable. No, it wasn’t “dropping the f-bomb 76 times” (he did, in fact, drop the f-bomb 76 times, but that’s not the “unthinkable” I’m referring to). Gary gave an impassioned, inspiring 45-minute keynote — at 9 o’clock in the morning — without a single PowerPoint slide. He had the audience laughing, cheering, and tweeting like mad. He, too, earned his standing ovation.

Steve, Scott, and Gary are three of the world’s most captivating communicators. Their ability to influence, entertain, and inspire an audience is incredible. And yet, their presentation styles are totally different.

Thinking…what I’m thinking? What do they have in common? What can we learn from them?

So learn from the best. Take these 7 lessons from the world’s most captivating presenters, and apply them to your next presentation. You’ll also find them in the SlideShare below, sliced up into 10 lessons.