Making Effective Slides

July 7, 2011

Chapter 11 – Remote Presentations

Your audience for a remote presentation is missing out on an enormous amount of information. They can’t see you, your body language, or your facial cues nearly as well as if you were in the same room. You need to give them something else to concentrate on during the presentation or you will lose them. Show them information that will engage them. Part of engaging people is being concise and specific. Too many people put all of the information they are presenting in their slides. Your slides should complement what you are saying, not repeat it.

During remote presentations your slides are more of a presence in the room than you are. Let the slides speak for themselves. Your slides should provide useful data that is not part of your verbal presentation. Make your slides a little more complicated; it is OK that they take a little extra time to read.

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