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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

#10 #lessons those #presenting could learn from #tech people running sound and vision equipment

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1) Text using 12 point font on a slide is often going to look too small - well before the presentation view the slide in your presentation which uses the smallest font from the back of the venue - so you can see what is unreadable and fix it 

2) Good presenters don't read out what is on the slide - the audience really can read the slide faster than you can say it 

3) Good presenters don't continually turn round to look at the screen behind them - for some reason audiences don't like presentations where they see too much of the presenters back - if you ask for a repeater screen in front of you then you might be able to fix this - or just have a paper copy of the slides in front of you 

4) If the microphone is attached to your lapel or tie or just in front of you then moving your head from side to side whilst speaking is going to give your audience the unwelcome audio equivalent of watching a tennis match 

5) Slides which have footers that say what number slide this one is and how many slides are in the presentation generally destroy the audience's will to live if the no. of slides gets anywhere remotely near 3 figures 

6) If you don't know and say what the structure and point of your presentation is then don't expect the audience to resort to a vulcan mind meld to gain that knowledge 

7) Exclaiming out loud your surprise at the slide sequence or the typo on the slide tells the audience everything they need to know about how much you care about the presentation 

8) And glaring at the tech people or actually saying out loud to them something like "thats not meant to happen" won't make them your friends nor will it fool the audience into thinking the mistake isn't your accountability 

9) Get somebody who you trust to watch your presentation and give you feedback on what is good and what needs improving

10) Before powerpoint came along we did manage to communicate some quite complex ideas by other means - like storytelling - you might give those a go now and then

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