PowerPoint Tips: 3 Things to Avoid When Presenting


By Ellen Finkelstein

You’ve created your presentation and now is the time — you’re standing up in front of your audience. What do you need to know to make your presentation a success?

You need to know 3 things that the audience hates and how to avoid them.

1. Reading the slides

If you put too much text on your slides, you’ll be tempted to read them. Even worse, you might turn around (away from the audience) and read straight from the screen. This is audiences’ pet peeve. They think, “Hey! I can read! They feel as if you’re ignoring them.

Solution: Use the Tell ‘n’ ShowSM method and practice so that you can deliver your presentation with just a glance at each slide. The Tell ‘n’ ShowSM method puts one point on a slide, with a simple slide title and then shows the point with an image, chart/graph, or diagram. For more information, watch this short YouTube video.

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This excerpt is shared with permission from ellenfinkelstein.com.

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