PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

I recently listened to someone giving advice to a presenter that is as wrong as it is popular.

The presenter was being told that he should only speak to some of the bullet points on his slides and let the audience members read the rest.  This was offered as a way to both avoid too much detail and to keep from speaking too long.

The whole problem with this often-given advice is that people cannot simultaneously concentrate on what a speaker is saying while processing slide content the speaker is not addressing.  They have to choose one or the other.  They can read the slide and tune out the speaker, or listen to the speaker and ignore the slide.

Forcing audience members into this dilemma causes frustration and, potentially, reduces their overall attention to both the speaker and the slides.

Slides do their job best when they visually support what is being said, not when they offer an alternative source of information.

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