We all spend far too much time in presentations that are unfocused and too heavy in detail. Implement these principles for presentations in your organization to make them more effective.
- Identify your overall message and primary points and then create the slides to support your key points. Don’t just put a jillion data points on 72 slides.
- At the top of every slide have a sentence that captures the point of the slide. Don’t make your audience guess the points you are trying to make.
- Never, ever put sentences and paragraphs on a slide, then stand there and read them aloud. You know why.
- A simple slide is way more effective than complex one. A few years ago, I was part special group working in conjunction with the Balanced Scorecard Collaborative on an office of strategic planning concept. One of the two notable and brilliant Harvard business professors made a special presentation for us. He came to a slide that was outrageously complex with boxes, lines, and arrows all over the place. Looking at the slide, he paused, took a step or two back, sighed, and said…”Isn’t it beautiful?” I’m not making this up.