- Always check out the room ahead of time. If something presents a problem, get rid of it.
- Never dim the lights.
- Know your goal.
- Know your core message.
- If you think of a gimmick that is particularly clever, eliminate it.
- Large audience: PowerPoint might be needed but don't have a large number of slides.
- Use large font on the slides. No more than three bullet points.
- Small audience: No PowerPoint. Just use a flip chart or a white board. Have multi-colored markers.
- If you are teaching, take questions throughout the presentation.
- Any presentation that lasts several hours should have a 9 or 11 minute break on the hour.
- Why the odd break times? Because people will check their watches and will be more likely to return on time.
- Aim for the mid-level of knowledge. That avoids the impression of talking over their heads or down to them
- Practice. Practice. Practice. Then stop. You can be over-prepared.
- Have a conversational tone.
- Don't focus on putting yourself at ease. Put your audience at ease.
- You don't need to be smooth. You need to be effective.
- Each presentation is a learning experience. Later on, jot down what you noticed or what you might change.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Once Again: Quick Tips on Presentations
Posted by Michael Wade at 4:30 AM