How humans perceive and understand presentations

Until now, we understood what presentations are. We now move ahead to another interesting part: how humans perceive and understand presentations and its way of communication with people.   

Ready to begin? Here we go.   

Information sharing & gathering is the key towards survival of humanity.

Humans have an innate hunger for information. We constantly seek to learn, explore, and understand.

However, curiosity may not always be a positive feature. 

As we keep scrolling through social media or peruse random, bite-sized info about nothing in particular, we may be overwhelming ourselves with stress, anxiety, or other situations of discomfort.  

But the above statement holds true for the opposite too.

If we feed our minds with relevant, crisp, and positive information, we can relieve stress, feel positive, and elevate our emotional perception.

Common sources for information: 

  • Encyclopedia Libraries 
  • Events, Newspapers, Road shows 
  • Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Blogs, Slideshare 
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. - Albert Einstein

Various studies regarding the curiosity for information in humans show that it’s a driving force towards the advancement of human intellect, in fact even as early as learning as a child.  

The consumption of  information is understandable, but the question that arises now is:  

Why do we present?  

We present to: 

  • Share our ideas with the world  

The more interesting your idea is, the more bizarre it’ll sound to people (well, in most cases). And that makes it necessary to articulate your thoughts and present them in a way that people take interest in it.  

  • Align different stakeholders with our vision  

If you are associating with a third party, especially with a lesser familiarity of their thought process, you both need to be on the same page before you proceed with sharing your idea. Their alignment with your vision depends on how you are presenting your thought, or even yourself for that matter. 

  • Initiate a movement  

When you set yourself ahead for an initiative, you need to express your intent in a way that your thoughts get through to the audience. Your presentation is the best way to ensure that your movement is on the right track.   

  • Spread awareness  

The aim of spreading awareness is usually to convey an information that is easily understood, and is further added to the knowledge of your audience. If you notice awareness campaigns on the internet, you would clearly notice the way they present themselves and the impact they further create upon their audience.

  • Sell a dream  

Dreams have a captivating strength, and hence a great influence on people. When you sell, or just present your idea as if you were selling a dream ( which in itself is true), you expand your own horizon of exploration of thoughts.  

  • Integrate diverse thoughts  

Our thoughts do not flow in a linear or streamlined manner, and that’s the beauty of it. However, if you don’t integrate your thoughts and streamline them to simplify it for your spectators, it will often end up being messy, and hence confusing. To present better is to integrate your thoughts, and to put them together in a way that eases their understanding.

There are many, many other reasons for people to present.  

In this age of abundance of information, it is absolutely necessary that we understand presentations, human psychology, and the factors that bridge the gap between the two.  

Now when you have understood what presentations are, and how we can connect it with our own thoughts, another question that crosses our mind is who are we presenting it to? 

Explore more about Presentations & Humans until we get back to you!  

Note from the educator: 

With a better understanding of the human psyche and presentations, you can derive your purpose and vision for creating a better presentation. This will not only help you with your professional endeavors, but will also develop your intuition of communication according to your intent. In the next session, we would learn about the stakeholders and the target audience. If you have any queries, you can always write back to me. Until then, keep exploring! 

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