When it comes to public speaking, the last thing the majority of us want to do is memorize an entire long speech by heart. So, there are two options to make sure you nail your presentation:
Option 1) Practice, practice, practice and then practice some more. Do your speech in front of the mirror, speak to your friends or family, practice in front of your dog, etc. But let’s be honest, who has the time for that in our busy lives?
Option 2) Realizing Option 1 isn’t going to happen, you cram as much text as humanly possible onto each PowerPoint slide and pray that everyone in the audience brought their reading glasses to the speech.
A solution – but a terrible presentation tactic. Here are a few reasons why you can benefit from shortening your lengthy presentation down to under 15 slides:
Keep Your Audience’s Attention
If your audience wanted to read your speech then they would have done so online. The crowd is there to hear you SPEAK, not to watch you READ. Adding rich imagery and short highlights of your topic will keep your audience’s attention. This will allow your audience to focus on what you are saying instead of zoning out trying to read the novel on the screen.
Become An Expert
If you’re giving a presentation to a group and you’re still not confident talking about your topic, take the time to fully educate yourself before you get in front of the crowd. By becoming a Subject Matter Expert, you will gain trust from your audience and make a bigger impact. Not to mention, you’ll give yourself that extra confidence booster while you’re front and center.
By shortening your PowerPoint presentation to under 15 slides, you’re not only saving yourself time, but you’re saving your audiences time too (which they surely appreciate). Attention spans are short. Keep your audience’s attention with a presentation that is to the point! You’re also allowing more time for yourself to do other things – like practice your speech!
So remember, ditch the wordy slides. Keep your presentation short and simple in order to nail your next speech!
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