The closing to your presentation is even more important than your opening.
What do you want the listener to do, think, feel, as a result of hearing your presentation?
Your closing may be any type of Opener (see blog post), or any of these ideas:
• Call for Action
Tell the audience exactly what you want them to do
Return to the Opening theme
• Offer a Future Challenge
• Reference to whatever follows your presentation
• Restate your claim
• Statement of Personal Intent
A credibility-building technique, where you demonstrate to your audience that you too will be taking action
• Visualize the effects of your solution
Or any of these:
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Fact or Statistic
Avoid the 5 Deadly Sins of Closers:
1. Changing your delivery style, by becoming fast-paced and energetic at the end
2. Admitting you had forgotten a previous point
3. Stopping without summarizing the key points
4. Apologizing for not being prepared or for running out of time; going over-time
5. Rambling on when you have nothing else to say
-Sheryl Roush, Speaker, Speaking Coach
Sparkle Presentations, Inc.