Last Saturday, I had to go to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription for my daughter who got the flu.  The tech at the window showed me the box and said, “The pharmacist will be right with you to go over the instructions.”  I glanced at the box and it said – Take 2x times a day.  “Hmm.  There must be something special to this,” I thought.  The pharmacist came over, looked at the box, looked at me, smiled (and I know this has happened to you) and said, “Pretty simple.  She needs to take this twice a day.”  I waited 5 minutes to have him read me the box!

How many times have you been to a presentation where someone used a PowerPoint ® slide show as their notes?  What’s worse, they think you don’t know how to read and read the screen to you!  It’s the same as having a pharmacist read you the directions on a box, but at least there I could walk away.  In your case, the audience can simply mentally fall asleep.

Don’t read slides…please.  Use thought-provoking images, simple (emphasis on simple) graphs, and other stimuli that advance your message, but NEVER read slides to your audience. In addition to being demeaning, it’s outright boring.

You need to practice your presentation and be a speaker that attracts attention.  Don’t leave it to the slides or else your audience will have more fun reading their prescriptions.


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