We don’t mean to be blunt but some of you just aren’t presenting well and it’s annoying! Death By PowerPoint is real so here’s a quick list of presentation crimes that you need to stop committing immediately:-
You’re the presenter, not PowerPoint
People don’t come to watch a slideshow – they want to hear and see you tell them something. Quit using PowerPoint as a crutch!
Stop reading from your slides
If you’re going to read from your slides then why turn up at all? Just email or hand out your presentation to the audience and be done with it.
Stop filling your slides with crap
Don’t post up stuff that just repeats what you’ll be saying anyway
Ditch the clip-art
If you’ve got a photo or a chart you need to show then fine but don’t fill your slides with lightbulbs, people shaking hands, archery targets, etc.
Guns don’t kill people, bullet points do
If you’ve got a list of stuff that’s long enough to need bullet points then it’s too long for your slide.
Give a damn
A whole bunch of people have gone out of their way to see you – make it worth it for them! Tell them something they really need to know.
Engage with your audience
You’re not an automata and neither are they. Make it a conversation, not a lecture. Talk to the front row, ask them a question, do a ParticiPoll poll.
For a more comprehensive set of ideas, check out our list of 28 Great PowerPoint Presentation Tips & Tricks.