Boring presentations; the world says no.

Okay, lecturers and presenters of the world, pay attention.

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No more of these sleep-inducing and text-filled bores.

1. We don’t like your dull PowerPoints

2. We don’t like the text-dumps on said PowerPoints

3. In fact, we don’t even read your text-dump slides, you’re just wasting your time. Instead, apply the Seth Godin Law: no more than 6 words on a slide. Ever.

4. Pictures are awesome on PowerPoints. Use them a lot.

5. It takes 1.5 seconds to disengage yourself from the lecturer/presenter and take notes, and another 1.5 seconds to get back on track with the talk. That’s a 3 second round trip. Just think about how many times a listener does this…

6. Which leads us to this: stop asking us to take notes. Instead, do the presentation without requesting note-taking and then give us a detailed info sheet afterwards

7. Yes, we know you’re tired, it’s your 47th presentation of the day. Guess what? We don’t care.

8. Be passionate when presentating. If you’re not energetic about your material, then why should we? For lecturers: you’re directly influencing the lives of thousands of students. Sound alive, please.

9. Be brief. Humans have short attention spans so get your point across quickly. It makes it easier for the audience to follow and helps you identify the most important points of your presentation.

10. Leave plenty of time for Q&A. For the lecturers: you should know that discussion about the material is one of the best ways to learn, so make that a priority during you lectures. For presenters: whether you’re selling an idea or a product, people often don’t buy it just by logic. We don’t decide to go on holidays because it makes logical sense, but because our emotions tell us we want one. But if we later need a reason, our emotions are it. Q&A will contribute to making an emotional connection with your audience.

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3 thoughts on “Boring presentations; the world says no.”

  1. Great topic and great arguments.

    As a presenter and a professional trainer I would add some if yo udon’t mind as
    – Practice makes you perfect: Practice your presentation at least twice before delivering it in public, this will help to deliver the effect you are looking for a lot. When preparing a new training I use to practive in front of neighbours, my wife or friends, it comes out as a funny time as well and my classes appreciate it a lot,
    – Know the audience. Before even starting to write down a lecture or presentation, please make yuorself this question: Who am I giving this lecture/presentation to ? What kind of skill do they have ? Sense of humor ? General clture ? Knowing who you will present/lecture to is the starting point for a great relationship between you and them, believe me,
    – Know the room/space where you will host your lecture/presentation: Technical features and systems availability, room space /dimensions, lecturer space availability and so on are really important for a good lecture to be effective. Think about preparing a lecture/presentation with sounds effect arrive i nthe room and disover that the audio system iis not available or not working.

    A little effort in properly preparing yuorself and you lectur could provide great benefits to yuo and your audience.

    Ther could be even more points, but I think the idea is settled already 🙂

  2. Hey, Carlos, thanks for the great tips. I really do apperciate you coming by. Thank you.

    I would like to add one extra point to your comments. That is; while you should be aware of the technical features, it’s important that your presentation can work without them as well, just in case of any systems malfunctions.

    Cheers.

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