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How do you create your slide presentations? Allow me a few sentences to guess…
If you’re like most speakers, you probably start in PowerPoint, where (to share your message, and to remind you what to say) it’s quite likely you write dozens of words on each slide. Then, to make your slides look more appealing, you might well “pretty them up” with graphics, a slide template, or even fancy fonts. And, to save time, you probably reuse whatever slides you can from previous talks.
If those steps sound familiar, you’ve likely found it hard to really engage your listeners. So you probably haven’t got the outcome you wanted from each talk.
Wordy slides make for a dull talk
That’s for a couple of reasons:
- As I’m sure you’ve found when you see other people presenting, wordy slides make for a dull talk.
- When you reuse slides from an old talk, the situation and the audience is likely different now. So your audience will sometimes get confused because the slides don’t fit with their viewpoint.
But, fear not. You can avoid those problems by using a different approach, as described by Laura Foley (presentation coach and blogger).