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A speaker’s priority isn’t the slides

June 25, 2011 - Presentations

Wanna know the #1 thing I have to keep reminding myself when creating a Powerpoint presentation?

This isn’t a stand-alone document. It is meant to accompany a speaker.

Wanna know the #2 thing I have to keep reminding myself when creating a Powerpoint presentation?

Oh, the speaker is me?  I better work on what I’m going to say!

And that, my friend, is the challenge for anyone who is frequently faced with PPE’s (Powerpoint emergencies).  The scramble to make the Powerpoint slides just right all too often becomes the priority over ensuring we have a compelling story and are prepared to tell that story in the room.

speakerBut a confident speaker who knows the topic and the content inside out can make up for many shortfalls in the presentation slides.  Throw some graphs, diagrams, or images on your slides, and make your verbal message your #1 priority.  Practice your presentation until you can deliver it with clear confidence (faking it is acceptable!).  A knowledgeable and confident speaker will trump sub-par slide content any day.

And the best presentation slides in the world will flop if the speaker is unsure and unfamiliar with the material.

What helps you prioritize your verbal message?

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