Powerpoint has to be one of the most overused and abused tool ever invented. Speakers have been relying heavily on this platform and making crappy presentations since 1987. Why are they crappy? People use it wrong. They use it TOO much. They should focus on being a good presenter first, then add powerpoint second.
Remember this speaking tip: every moment your audience is looking at your slides they are not looking at you. That’s fine if you’re selling your slides. But professional speakers need to sell themselves and their messages, so this PowerPoint-as-the-Center-Of-A-Program phenomenon is a disaster.
Here’s the moment you know your speaking career is going down the drain: somebody asks you for a copy of your slides. If your slides can stand on their own without you to make sense out of them, you’ve designed your slides and your presentation wrong.
And here’s another hint: if you feel the need to both project your slides and print them out as a handout, then you have truly hit a new low. Printed Powerpoint presentations do not equal “valuable handout.”
Advice: hire a pro. (Hey, here’s a better idea: hire me!*)
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* I know, I know. You saw that shameless self-promotion coming, right? Hey, what can I say. I’m trying to put a kid through college.)