Best Practices for Presenters
Presentations are About Stories. If your presentation includes a lot of information, explain your points through short stories, quips and anecdotes. Great speakers know how to use a story to create an emotional connection between ideas for the audience.
Be Entertaining. Presentations should be entertaining and informative. Unlike an e-mail or article, people expect some appeal to their emotions. Simply reciting dry facts without any passion or humor will make people less likely to pay attention.
Don’t Read. This one is a no brainer, but somehow Powerpoint makes people think they can get away with it. If you don’t know your presentation without cues, it is distracting.
Put Yourself in the Audience. When planning a presentation, see it from the audiences perspective. What might they not understand? What might seem boring?
Use WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) to guide you. Have Fun - Sounds impossible? With a little practice you can inject your passion for a subject into your presentations. Enthusiasm is contagious.
Adapted from 18 Tips for Killer Presentations
Tips for Making Slides
Limit bullet points and text. Your presentation is for the benefit of the audience. But boring an audience with bullet point after bullet point is of little benefit to them.
The best slides may have no text at all. Remember, the slides are meant to support the narration of the speaker
Use high quality images. Use high-quality graphics including photographs. You can take your own high-quality photographs with your digital camera, purchase professional stock photography, or use the plethora of high-quality images available on line (be cautious of copyright issues, however)
Use color and fonts well. Color evokes feelings. Color is emotional. The right color can help persuade and motivate. Use the same font set throughout your entire slide presentation, and use no more than two complementary fonts (e.g., Arial and Arial Bold).
Keep it Simple. Slides themselves were never meant to be the “star of the show” (the star, of course, is your audience). People come to hear you and be moved or informed (or both) by you and your message.
Don’t let your message and your ability to tell a story get derailed by slides that are unnecessarily complicated or busy!
Adapted from Top 10 Slide Tips