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.
- 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).
- 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.