Do You Print Slides As Handouts?

conferenceWhat do you typically get given when you attend a presentation or seminar? Yep – a printout of the slides which you can’t really read and make no sense when you get home! These things take time and effort to produce, cost money and have a very poor return on investment.

You may have heard the term “facts tell emotions sell”. The way in which you deliver a presentation should trigger an emotion in your audience. This includes any slides you may use to support your message. Rather than listing points, use a powerful image that you can talk around. If all you are doing is sharing a bunch of facts then send a memo, because you don’t need to be there! Think about that for a moment…

Put all your detailed information into a document – a handout that is a more comprehensive “leave behind” than just printed slides. Let your audience know they will be getting this at the end so that they don’t need to take notes and can relax and listen to you. This will help you get engagement from your presentations and serve the audience better.


Here are some common mistakes to avoid:
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Make Friends With Your Slide Software

I would always recommend that as a speaker you do all your own preparation work – that includes drafting your slides.  Only then can you be confident that everything fits well and flows.  However, we live in the real world and we are all busy people.  Asking an assistant to prepare the slides for you may be a feasible option for you.

If you are technically challenged then a little bit of time spent learning some basic features of PowerPoint will be hugely beneficial and give you more control over your own presentation.  Trust me, it is not rocket science – PowerPoint, Keynote or whatever package you use are easy enough to figure out just by trial and error.  If you have an IT department ask someone to show you the basics.  There is also plenty of help available on the internet: [Read more…]