Making presentations is an integral part of university curriculums, and they will be useful in all phases of your career as well. A large portion of assignments, these days, entails creating and delivering PowerPoint presentations, as these not only enable the students to showcase their knowledge and ideas, but also helps improve their delivery skills. But, the sad truth is that most of us have been doing it wrong and fail to effectively present our ideas.
Nancy Duarte said in her TED talk, an idea has the power to change the world. But it is powerless, if it is presented poorly and will most likely be discarded or, even worse, it will not even be heard. Sometimes, the even best of ideas get overlooked and the most mediocre ones get applauded.
Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever wondered why? The answer we have for you, are three simple tips. Read on and be remembered.
#1 Words per slide
The best-ever presentations are based on the concept of ‘less is more’. Also, the most common (and the biggest too!) mistake that people make is writing too much on their slides. If slides were meant to contain large texts, the concept of essays would simply disappear. But it hasn’t yet, so, try to keep your ideas concise.
Seth Godin, famously observed that no slide should ever have more than six words. Make use of graphics, charts and numbers, but be a miser on words.
#2 Length of the presentation
Always follow the 10-20-30 rule while making presentations. According to this, your presentation should not have more than 10 slides, should not last for more than 20 minutes, and the font size should not be less than 30 points.
Presentations should be engaging. If they go on for too long, the audience starts losing interest and the key takeaways fail to make an impact.
#3 Structure it well
Another turn-off in presentations is the lack of structure. A presentation should have a clear beginning, middle and end. Always start with the problem, then move on to how your idea can resolve it and end it making people realise how much value the idea adds.
A little humour never hurt anybody, but don’t overdo it. People tend to relate more to stories, keep in mind that information with emotion is easy to retain.
The above tips are all you need to design an effective presentation, but the most important task is yet to come, delivery. Practice before you deliver the presentation. Greet the audience with a smile and maintain eye contact throughout. Your focus should be on the audience and not on the slides. Make sure the lighting in the room is fine, and use a handheld remote. You can prepare cue cards, in case you are afraid you might forget.
So, the next time you have to go in for a presentation, ask yourself these three questions:
- Is the presentation captivating?
- Would you be glued if you were in the audience?
- Is it worth remembering?
If any of the answers is negative, redo it. Keep working on it until you get a yes. In case you need help, you can avail our affordable services.