Store the Slides and Pump up Your Presentation
In our virtual world, the use of slides in presentations has sky-rocketed. This overuse has led to bored audiences and messages that are quickly forgotten.
For the average presentation of less than 20-minutes, you should be able to speak without using slides. By ditching the PowerPoint, you have a greater chance of keeping your listeners attention. A living, talking person will always win over a static set of words, graphs, or stats.
- Important information can be shared in a link or a downloadable handout.
- Working without slides will force you to clarify your message. You won’t have the slide as a crutch, so you must focus on the key elements you want to communicate.
- Repetition of these key elements will help solidify your message and make it memorable.
- Introduce numbers into your presentation to guide listeners through it: “I will focus on three main issues. Our product differs in five main ways. We have two options …”
- Practice using stories to illustrate points rather than case-studies. Cite examples to expand on your point.
- If you have a product, show the actual product rather than a slide of the item.
Virtual audiences tend to tune-out when the slides come out. Work at speaking slide-free; your audience will thank you.