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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.
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.