BeeOasis Step 2
PowerPoint is the most popular presentation software today. Over 400 million copies are in use. But there are problems with PowerPoint. It can cause you to simplify too much and stop you from connecting with people.
To give good presentations, you need practice. Expert presenter Garr Reynolds gives great advice for giving good presentations. Here are some highlights from his excellent book, Presentation Zen.
Begin with the end in mind. Be clear about your goals. Remember the purpose of your talk. Focus on what you want your audience to remember.
Plan with a pen. Use a big piece of paper or a whiteboard. Write down your ideas freely and creatively. Make a map of your talk. Get a visual picture of your organization.
Include stories. Tell stories to emphasize your points and to help people remember them. Use examples from your work or study to explain complex ideas.
Prepare handouts. It is hard to show complex ideas with PowerPoint. But you can give handouts of complex details to your audience. In this way, you can avoid the bad habit of using small text on your slides. And your audience can take something with them.
Connect with your audience. Avoid simply reading your slides. Keep some lights on in the room. Make eye contact and watch how people react. Then respond to them.
If you make presentations, you can always improve your skills. Then you can enjoy presenting more, and your audience will thank you! To learn more, you can also read Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds or visit <presentationzen.com>.
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