Presentation Principle: Capitalize on the collective wisdom in the room.
There are many reasons to maintain humility as a presenter. Certainly, it will endear you to the audience. Positioning yourself as a co-learner with your audience members, and not the only “expert” in the room opens up the possibility of having your own presentation serve as a learning experience upon which you can build to advance your practice.
Recently, I taught a pre-conference professional development course – Audience Engagement Strategies for Potent Presentations – at Evaluation 2015, the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association.
Two interactive strategies during the course allowed participants to interact with each other, and also supplied me with important feedback.