7 tips for successful slide presentations
Many presentation tips convey specific tricks for exciting punchlines or storytelling. I'm more concerned with the more general questions, because the variety of topics for a slide lecture makes it difficult to make specific recommendations.
But the following schema, at least in those cases, can be a useful basis for the outline of your slide lecture, which is about presenting and solving a problem.
Avoid classic mistakes
It's all about one thing: Avoid classic presentation errors. So what is to be done for that? First of all, avoiding the most common and worst mistakes in slide presentations: slides should not be used as handouts for participants at the same time.
Make sure you make the effort and create two types of documents: Slides according to the following guide and participant documents, where you can put all the details, numbers or graphics.
Step 1: Clarify what your goal is
Only those who know their goal can find their way. So: think about what you actually want to achieve.
Stop and ask yourself, "If my audience could remember only one sentence, which would it be?" The answer is your goal or your core message.
Step 2: Clarify the basic conditions
- How much time is available?
- How many listeners are expected?
- Which technology is available (beamer, notebook, microphone)?
- Where does the lecture take place?
Step 3: Clarify who your audience is
As with all communication formats and types, it is also important when creating presentations to first think about the recipients, ie the audience. This is not as easy as it may seem at first, because we are all subject to the so-called "curse of knowledge":
We just know too much about our field of expertise and can not (more) imaginethat others know less. Approach your listeners by finding out as much as possible about them:
- Gender distribution
- hierarchical position,
- Relationship between theorists and practitioners
- subject area
- Respect for your subject (prejudices, objections, sensitivities, resistances)
- Knowledge and experience
- Motives for participation (voluntary, forced)
- Conflicts of interest between participants
Step 4: Collect material and develop a "script"
Keep your first thoughts on paper - whoever works with the PC is already too much attached to the classic "PowerPoint thinking". The mere fact of working with a pen makes you more creative.
It is better to keep the thoughts on paper or, better yet, on post-its. If you stick it to a panel or wall, you have a good overview of the overall presentation. Use a separate piece of paper for each slide.
- What is the topic?
- Why is the topic important for the listeners? #
- What is the problem?
- How did the problem arise?
- How is the audience affected?
- What are the benefits of listening to the problem?
- What can be done?
- What are the alternatives?
- What is the choice to make?
- What does the solution look like?
- Why is it the best solution?
- What would the solution do?
- What would be required for implementation (timely, financially, personnel)?
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