You might think after all these years we’ve been using PowerPoint, that we’d learned to move on, that presenters don’t make this mistake.But, sadly, they do. I say ‘sadly’ because it usually has fatal results.
It’s called ‘death by PowerPoint’.
Death by PowerPoint occurs simply by the presenter filling the slide with text – and then reading every word. Their presentation is simply a reading of the words on the screen (I can see you’re starting to snore already !)
Can you believe this is still happening ?Yes, it is and it’s not only insulting for the intelligent audience but it’s infuriating.The presenter typically spends 87% of their presentation looking at the screen and not at the audience.
Let me be really clear: PowerPoint is an aid to your presentation, it is not your presentation.
If you’re the presenter, YOU are the expert, the audience, whether it’s the weekly team meeting, your monthly presentation to the Board or that million-dollar pitch to the new client, YOU are the expert.
So, show that you’re the expert by engaging them, influencing them, persuading them expertly and seamlessly.
How do you do this ?
Well, practice is a good place to start. Don’t avoid any opportunity to present and look to improve every time. Sure, ask for feedback from a colleague after your presentations.
I’ve got FIVE sure fire ways – simple but very effective ways- you can do to nail this and I share them in my Presentation Skills Workshops – to help YOU become a STAR presenter.