Benefits of Presentations featuring Live Demos, Websites, and Activities

Presentation is performance.  And one of the big benefits of integrating a demo into your presentation is to create a more engaging experience for your audience, transforming a simple speech into more of an act or performance. 

Demos can elevate a presentation of facts, stories, and information into a more meaningful and memorable experience.  Don’t just say it, show it.

Here are a few benefits of giving a presentation featuring demos, websites, and activities. 

Movement is engaging

Movement is Engaging

People are engaged by motion. The movement associated with a live demonstration, the on-screen animation of a PowerPoint slide or website page, or a creative activity involving audience members can translate to a more memorable and engaging experience.

Speaking while standing still can appear stale and boring. When presenting, aim to engage your audience through meaningful movement that is natural yet purposeful.  Whether you are boldly walking on stage, simply stepping away from a podium in a conference room, or using hand gestures in a web meeting, physical movement can enhance your delivery and add dimension to your presentation.  Integrate motion and movement into your presentation and your audience will take notice! 

Don’t just say it…show it!


Talking about data or a new product is ordinary.  But showing it can be extraordinary.  Whether you are wearing a bright green shirt to help underscore the financial profits your company is making, holding-up an inspiring book you are reading to motivate your team, or raising a wrench to the sky to exemplify how everyone must “tighten-up” during tough times, showcasing an actual item in a presentation will resonate with your audience more than words alone can accomplish.

Show the Site and Source

If there is a webpage or article relevant to your topic, don’t just mention it to your audience, show it.  Statistical information is also more credible and legitimate when presented live from the source.  If there’s a study you’re referencing, click to the URL of the actual study and show the live data.  It’s as if you’re a researcher demonstrating your results.

Be careful not to immerse yourself in the website; it’s there as a visual aid, and you’re there to share it with the audience.  Keep browsing to a minimum and don’t allow yourself – or the audience – to turn the experience into a web-browsing event.  Your can also share a screenshot of the webpage or research and cite the URL.