Every few months I’m forced to sit through a presentation with slides full of the presenter’s notes and it drives me nuts.
We as an audience don’t mind if you bring your iPhone or notepad to the stage. Even small notecards don’t bother us. But when we’re forced to read your notes on screen, there’s a problem.
Presentations act as a tool to connect your audience’s visual sense to their hearing. If we have to read your notes, we’re not getting half of what you’re saying. Either augment your talk with visuals or don’t use them at all.
If you’re going to use a visual presentation, try this: take out all the words. Can’t do it? That means you’re relying too heavily on your presentation for your own notes. Get back to your computer and figure out a way to deliver your talk without any words on the screen.
Your audience thanks you.
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