Friday, January 25, 2013

Using slides in a talk

Powerpoint..usually, yawn.

Darlene Price, author of "Well Said!", has listened to hundreds of presentations and has some tips.

The most effective tool, she says, is not Powerpoint--it's the presenter, you, the speaker.

Unless there is some screwup, the focus should stay on you--not the screen.

Be sure the audience can read the slides--use a contrasting background, large type.

Begin with an agenda slide. Also end with a summary slide.

Follow the 10-20-30 rule. No more than 10 slides, speak no longer than 20 minuites, and use a 30 pt font for slides.


Face the audience. If you have a laptop showing the slides, look at that, not the screen.

And--hand out the points on paper afterwards.

Or--maybe just give me the paper and call it a day.

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