Is it time to ban slide presentations? Global entrepreneur and dare-devil Sir Richard Branson thinks so.
Here’s what the founder of the Virgin empire said in a posting on LinkedIn: “In my opinion Powerpoint slides with long lists of what you’re talking about should be banned. They are used as a prop by the speaker… there are few thing worse than watching someone talk through a long list of Powerpoints.”
That approach gets a round of applause from the Podium team. We’re not ready to ban slide shows completely. But we absolutely believe that far too many slide presentations are a waste of everyone’s time and money.
As we tell people in our presentation skills coaching and workshops, YOU are the star of the show – not your PowerPoint or Keynote slide. People want to hear your insights and feel your passion, not watch your back as you turn to the screen and recite words the audience has already read.
So try these tips to bring your next presentation to life:
- Cut down the number of slides
- Cut down the text on each slide
- Use photos to make the point more memorably than text
- Use short, interesting videos
- Don’t parrot the words on the slides, let the audience read for themselves
Remember – you are way more interesting than the slides. The slides are there to support you, not the other way round.
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Halina St James takes the worry out of presentations with her Present Like a Pro video training course. It’s available now from the Podium Coaching online store, together with her popular TalkitOut: From Fears to Cheers e-book and workbook.