Boring Presentations Should Be A Sin

I recently saw an article on LifeHacker with tips on presenting. I added my 2 cents with the following:

A boring presentation should be a sin. It wastes everyones time. I have seen presentations and trainings that used decks of 50 to 80 slides…Ughh! If you choose to do that, either blaze through the slides (which could be fun, if done right) or give it up — you are hitting people in the face with a fire hydrant of too much information.

My tips:
– Above all, keep it FUN
– Keep it highly interactive
– Practice, practice, practice
– K.I.S.S. (not the band)
– Boil down what you want to say into key phrases
– Use handouts for the boring numbers and data

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2 thoughts on “Boring Presentations Should Be A Sin

  1. Worst thing ever, when people make a power point presentation then fail to prepare a presentation and then they end up clicking through slides and reading what they put on the slides. The speaker/presenter needs to be dominant and the visuals need to support it and back it up, not the other way around. Also, if you use power point, don’t use any more than 3 lines per slide, it’s too much information, keep it simple! You shouldn’t put an entire discourse on power point. Keep visuals to visuals!

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