Aim for Engagement & Clarity, not Boredom & Confusion!
If you have attended a Laurie Kelly workshop, you will know that we do not usually use media in our sessions – media is a resource or a tool to assist your Presentation, it should not be the core or the focal point of your address, but rather work FOR you as a visual backing to the Content you are delivering. Here are 6 Quick Points for your checklist, when preparing a PowerPoint Presentation.
Ensure you have a clear, real Goal for the use of your Powerpoint. WHAT are you presenting, and WHY? To define this prior to beginning your preparation, ask yourself: “At the end of the presentation the audience will know … ?” WHAT?
WHO is your primary focus? Are you preparing a message they will understand better after seeing your presentation? Who will be attending? Get to know them if possible, (names, roles, industry), prior to your presentation, so you can target your delivery to what they need, and at the same time appear credible, AND earn their respect.
Make a Mind-map of points you wish to cover – right brain dump and then left brain order – so you have a clear starting point and destination in mind when beginning your development. What are the main points? What are the main topics of each point? Make it as clear and lineal as you can, but remember to engage the right brain with colour and visuals when preparing the PowerPoint. Start with an Overview or map of the journey they are about to undertake – remember to keep the Global learners in the room happy!
Don’t clutter your presentation with too much information. Remember the visual is to enhance YOUR delivery, not take focus from you. Make it short, sweet, succinct and entertaining on the eye.
Stick to one major point or idea per PowerPoint slide. Use a heading to ‘declare’ and a visual to ‘explain’ – all of which will illustrate the point that you are making with your presentation. Do not fill each slide with text to bore the pants off the audience and draw their attention away from what you are saying.
Rehearse your presentation. Practice out loud to be sure the whole presentation (A) flows smoothly, (B) is not confusing at any point and (C) is within your time limits. Ensure your media equipment works well and if possible, have a backup – just in case. Make an emergency USB your constant companion.
AND REMEMBER – HAVE FUN WITH IT !!!