Presenter Do's and Don'ts

As NPD Practitioners, giving presentations using slides is nothing new. Most of us can whip up a PowerPoint in a few minutes if needed. But have you ever thought about the kind of presentation you want to give and the type of presenter you want to be ? Below, find some “do's and don'ts” for presenters.


Do's

  • When listening a great presentation, make notes as to what the presenter is doing to keep you interested and engaged.
  • When listening to a not-so-great presentation, make note of what the presenter does that turns you off.
  • Make sure you use powerful images that are relevant to the content, otherwise they only distract and confuse the learner.
  • Connect with your audience – use emotion in your voice, personal stories, and examples to get your point across.
  • Provide takeaways during your presentation that the audience can implement.
  • Limit your number of slides and make every word and image count.
  • Practice, practice, practice! A well-prepared and polished presentation is effective (and noticeable). 


Don'ts

  • Your slides should not be filled with words – this is boring and learners tend to tune out.
  • Don't use a monotone voice when speaking and make sure you're not just reading your slides or directly from your notes. This doesn't allow you to connect with your audience.
  • Don't try to be funny if you're not. Instead of trying to “dress up” your presentation with humor, simply focus on delivering an engaging message.
  • Avoid color combinations on slides that are difficult to read.
  • Don't wing it – you'll be doing a disservice to your audience and wasting their time. They are there to learn.
  • Don't forget to prepare for questions – try to anticipate the kinds of questions that might be asked and have an answer ready.
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