In spite of ever changing technology, the basic Powerpoint presentation is very much alive and well.
It remains standard business practice. And is still most-often delivered via projector onto a pull-down screen.
Private business, educators, government contractors and non-profits rely on this method of presentation to effectively deliver their message.
But thanks to better training, tools, software and technology, our presentations can be even more effective. And our messages can stick with our audience long after they leave the room.
Keep It Simple
Simplicity! That’s the theme for a better presentation in 2016.
Statistics show the average attention span was 8.25 seconds in 2015. That’s down from 12 seconds in 2000.
Smartphones and our click-bait culture might take the blame, but we must adapt to that reality. We must realize the truth in “less is more”.
Read this great article from Forbes and heed the author’s advice – “Brevity isn’t just “the soul of wit,” it’s what’s going to ensure that your audience’s attention span makes it to the finish line at the same time your presentation wraps up–not before.”
Keep the following things in mind when planning your next presentation.
1. Simple Outline
Write out your presentation. Your topic. Your bullet points. Your stats and supporting info. Your summary. Keep it simple.
Using the outline to fine tune your message and weed out the stuff you don’t need will ensure you keep pace and deliver on time.
2. Simple Slide Design
Keep each slide to one thought only. It keeps your audience focused and not reading ahead.
Check out design trends from the professionals for 2016 here. It pays to see what the trends are.
- Large, easy-to-read text
- Simple font
- Simple graphics
- Simple charts
3. Simply You
Be yourself. The audience came to hear you speak on a topic. Introduce yourself. Tell a story about yourself.
Show your passion for the subject and relate it to the audience. As Carmine Gallo, author ofsaid “People cannot inspire others unless and until they are inspired themselves.”
As you prepare your next presentation, remember to keep it simple and fun. It’s 2016, so if you’ve been doing things the same old way, it’s time to try a fresh approach.
At Move Digital, we present often to varied groups of people, and are always learning, striving for improvement. Let’s all work to improve ourselves and give our audience a great presentation!
A NOTE ON NERVES
If your nerves make presenting difficult, here’s advice from Fortune: If You’re Petrified of Giving a Presentation, Read This.