What are some of the NLP elements in making an effective presentation?

What are some of the nlp elements in making an effective presentation

What are some of the NLP elements in making an effective presentation?

I have come across this question many times, can we use NLP to make an effective presentation? What are some of the NLP elements in making an effective presentation? Are there any techniques that can be used for making an effective presentation?

We all have been there at some or the other day. I have been making presentations for my department review, for clients and many such other events. Here I will What are some of the NLP elements in making an effective presentation?

Robert Dilts has written a fantastic book named “Effective Presentation”, where it mention presentations focus not just on verbal skills as well as certain techniques.


According to Robert Dilts, What are some of the NLP elements in making an effective presentation?


1. Using the Representational system to your advantage.


We have mainly three, representational systems, Visual, Auditory, and kinaesthetic. For visual people in your audience keep pictures, graphs, and videos if possible. 

For Auditory people, you can use your words or change your language patterns. You can also make them repeat the words with you or you can tag questions.

For Kinesthetic people, You can have some activities like raising hands, clapping or whatever possible as per your situations.


2. Verbal Pacing all Representational system

You can work on your script beforehand and use NLP language patterns. Remember to include words from all representational systems. 

For example, Use words like see, watch, listen, imagine at the beginning of your sentences.


3. Analogical Marking

Remember we are focusing on all representational systems. You can make variations in your voice, the tempo of speech, and tones every now and then. For better results use appropriate postures and hand gestures along with the change in your voice, tempo, and tones.


What are some of the NLP elements in making an effective presentation?

4. Micro Demonstrations

eyesYou must do what you are talking about. For example, if you are asking them to try on something, you must try it before them.


5. Including metaphors and stories in your script.

Practice this beforehand if used correctly, metaphors will take your presentation to the next level. I have seen many great presenters start their presentation with metaphors and continue it with the flow of the presentation.


6. Creating keywords of your message and giving examples.

You must have some target to achieve after the presentation as if you are making a presentation to a client, you are willing to sell the product.

You can include the keywords like, buy now, enroll now likewise and give examples with the use of these words.


7. Setting spatial anchors on stage

Yes, you can do this even while you are presenting.

BulbI mentally create spots on stage for example. Fun, attention, and serious. When I am standing at a fun spot I will have some activities for them, at an attention spot I am speaking with great concern and likewise. These changes are so subtle but connect with the unconscious mind of the audience. The next time you switch the spot they are prepared.


8. Keeping relevant information handy


If you make your audience go back and forth from the presentation you can get your message delivered. For that, prepare a small synopsis of your presentation for yourself to review for yourself.


9. Asking questions and responding to positive intentions


Ask questions to your audience as much as possible, whenever you get an answer from the audience give it a positive spin. This will keep the audience engaged.


10. Reframing and paraphrasing responses from others


whiteboardIf you just repeat what your audience asked or replied to, will help you to build a rapport with your audience. You can paraphrase their questions or reframe their answers for better results.


Another famous NLP practitioner and social psychologist Andrew Bradbury also tries to answer, what are some of the NLP elements in making an effective presentation?


Andrew Bradbury came up with 5 NLP elements in making an effective presentation, can take your presentation to next level.


He gave the acronym of OSCAR, Where


O- Outcome

S- Structure


A- Attitude

R- Response



You must have some outcome to achieve from the presentation. This will help you to make the flow of your presentation.

If in the beginning. You state your outcome to your audience like, what they will get at the end of this presentation will hook them to pay attention.


You must have a structure for your presentation like Robert Dilts has shared in his book. You can use words from all representational systems, this will help you to build rapport with your audience.

You can keep activities and games based on all representational systems. Like pictures and graphs for visual, Specific words for auditory and trial, or a demo for kinaesthetic people in the audience.



You can use the chunking of information. Like sharing a small amount of detail first and then chunking up or sharing a wide range of data and chunking down to take the decision.



This more than just having a positive attitude. You must feel passionate about your presentation. It should show in your posture and gesture. This will help you to build rapport with the audience quickly.



Communication is the response you get. In order to get the desired response, you must have the flexibility to change based on responses. 


So According to you, What are some of the NLP elements in making an effective presentation? Share your views in the comment section.


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Bradbury, A., 2006. Develop Your NLP Skills. 3rd Edition. London: Kogan Page.

Dilts, R., 1994. Effective Presentation Skills. CA, Capitola: Meta Publications.

Robert Dilts

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