Most, if not all business professionals that I work with make the mistake of writing their presentation in PowerPoint. It’s understandable, up to a point, when everyone is squeezed for time and who wants to write out a speech and then determine what should be on the PowerPoint slides?
Unfortunately what happens is the slides contain the entire speech. If there was no one presenting the slides the audience could still understand the presentation simply by reading each slide as they are projected on to the screen. We have all experienced presentations where the speaker simply read every word on the slide and added nothing more…
Your slides need to enhance what you are saying, if they don’t – dump them!
The easiest way to avoid slides that contain too much text is to prepare properly. I find the best way is to brainstorm using post it notes (that’s right – a simple pen and paper method). You can move ideas around, get creative, and allow you to resist the urge to write your entire presentation on the slides.
Try and let me know how yo go… I know you will find it a liberating experience.