Presentations can be ruthlessly boring and over-laden with too much information, which can negate the intended informative effects. Yet with the right eye-catching formatting and layout techniques, you can turn your presentation into one that will really “Wow!” them:
Embrace the 10-20-30 Rule
Venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki states that a PowerPoint slide should have no more than 10 slides, last no longer than 20 minutes and have no text less than 30-point font. Regardless if your idea will change the world, is the importance of revealing important concisely and quickly.
Your presentation should not only be informative, but also entertaining so that you retain the attention of your audience. Try peppering a presentation with short stories, quips and anecdotes to be more entertaining and enlivening. If you can make your audience laugh, you help to keep the audience alert, lively and more apt to learn more from the presenter, Kawasaki recommends.
Nervous and inexperienced speakers often talk very fast, which can lose some of the presentation’s listeners. Consciously slow your speech down and add pauses for emphasis.
Don’t Over Prepare
You need to rehearse your presentation, but not too much says QuickSprout. Otherwise it will sound less spontaneous, memorized and boring.
If you don’t do something unique compared to all the other presenters the audience has heard, they won’t remember you. You are branding yourself when you speak, so make sure you do something unique and memorable.