A creative and well-thought out slideshow is the perfect partner to your presentation, as so righteously pointed out by Eduardo Brandi on Tuesday, 12 December at IE Public Speaking Club’s seventh session on ‘Presenting Effectively with Visual Aids’.

There are several key aspects we should always keep in mind when putting a presentation together:

Long Text – Avoid! No speaker should ever read off their slideshow. If you feel that you require that kind of text, you require more preparation.

Presenter – The key focus of a presentation is the presenter, he/she acts as the centrepiece of the presentation. The slideshow itself – as mentioned above – is but only a point of reference, for both the presenter and the audience.

Tables – Don’t bog your audience down with overly complicated tables and numbers. If you have to present something in this regard, be sure NOT to spend your time looking at the screen and pointing. Use available functions to highlight your points of interest.

Text – Use simple, easy-to-read text like San Serif which compliments a presentation that is usually read at a distance. Serif can be difficult to read and overcomplicates something that should be easy to digest.

Backgrounds – Can be used for presenting effect or the introduction of a new idea. Be sure to use them accordingly.

Images – As backgrounds have the potential to steal effect from your text and even your presentation, be careful of overly complicated or coloured pictures, unless you are using it purely for reference and it does not come with too much text.

From our session, it was clear that there is a strategy behind every presentation, and the above aspects should not hinder your ability to deliver an effective presentation.

Join us next week on Tuesday, 18 December for our session on Analysing your Audience, by our astute consultant, Raffaele Piemonte.

See you there!


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