Codan The Librarian

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I participated at a conference recently in Pennsylvania on Electronic Resource Management programs, and how we can better manage the behomoth of information found on the web.

One of the presenters began her talk. She had slides that she basically read from and fairly soon, I lost all interest in all she had to say. Why? Because I had already read what she was just going to say. True, she expounded on her various points, but by that point she had already lost me.

So I have some suggestions for future presentations. These are more for my benefit (because at this point, I bet I’m the only one reading this blog of mine) 😉 than for others, but I believe they will be helpful to others as well.

1. People, stop reading your slides! Don’t put your words on your slides. Let your words first come out of your mouth before anyone else has a chance to read or see them. You’ll have more effect on your listeners this way.

2. Use the slides as a visual representation to enhance your speech, not as your reminder of what you need to say next. Especially if you start talking about technical or abstract thoughts, show people what you are talking about. Visualize it for them, making it easier for them to understand your technical or abstract points.

3. It is so easy to tune a presenter out that reads from his or her slides. Why listen to the presenter when you can read the presenter’s points?

4. Being able to read the presenter’s points before they make them undermines the strength and effectiveness of the presentation itself.

5. Powerpoint or Keynote (if you have a Mac) are not designed to just display words. (That’s what Word and Pages are for!) Utilize the strengths of Powerpoint and Keynote to enhance your words not to repeat your words.

Those are my thoughts.