When you write a document do you take the time to review what you’ve written? Do you use the opportunity to rephrase some of your sentences so they become clearer to the reader? Do you do the same with your presentations?
I’m not talking about the bullet points you have on your slides (although removing text from slides never hurts in my view). What I’m refering to is the words you’ll say. Many presenters fall into the trap of believing they need to “pad” their speeches or presentations to fill in the available time. This is inexscusable – either reduce your speaking time or add more (relevant) information to your presentation (my preference is to see the time reduced). To pollute the air with worthless verbiage simply to fill the time wastes your time and your audiences time, and generally muddles your message in the process as your ausiences attempts to sift through what you are saying to determine what you are trying to share.
Take the time to sift through the words you intend to deliver in your presentation and critically look at them to see what can be rephrased so it becomes clearer and (possibly) delivered in fewer words. The aim is to be more precise with fewer words, but dont sacrifice precision for the sake of simply removing words – if you do you’ll reduce understanding.