In this post you’ll learn 17 different ways for how to end a presentation that you can test out.
Why worry about the ending?
Because how you end your presentation is just as important as how you start your presentation (details here).
If you start strong but flounder at the end of your presentation, what feeling are people going to be walking away with?
Not a good one, that’s for sure! That’s why the ending your presentation is so important.
1. Call to action
2. Skip the Q&A at the end your presentation
3. End your presentation with a rhetorical Question
4. Conclude your speech with a story
Storytelling is a powerful presentation tool and is a great way to neatly bookend your presentation (see our storytelling post here).
As you can learn in our post on the best ways to start a presentation (details here), emotional listeners retain more information. An emotional story, whether it’s funny, sad, or thought-provoking, is a sure fire way to engage your audience.
If you can, try to tie the beginning and end together with your stories, like Heather Lanier does here:
5. The power of 3 for your conclusion
6. Come full circle at the end of your presentation
- Pose a question which you answer at the end
- Tell a story and either refer to it or finish it at the end
- Repeat the first slide, this work especially well with powerful images or quotes