Too Much Text – Bad PowerPoint® Presentations

This is a presentation coaching website.  Isn’t it?  That is why you probably came here.   So let’s talk about presentations.  Take a look at the slide below…

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What do you see? When I first look at this slide, I am tempted to say “I don’t see much of anything.” I mean really! Doesn’t it look like just about every PowerPoint® slide you have ever seen? It doesn’t even matter what language it’s in. If you change the title and the text, you can put together a typical “Too Much Text!” PowerPoint® presentation.

Why is too much text a bad thing? Let’s break it down and look at the reasons.

Do you want the audience to have its attention on you or the screen? If you want to engage your audience, connect with your audience, and build a relationship with your audience, you have to get them to invest their attention in you and not in your slides.

Too much text becomes a temptation.  Not to your audience, but to you.  It becomes a temptation to read your slides.  Have you ever been in the audience when the presenter in the front of the room stood there and read from his or her slides?  How you felt at that moment brings us to my next point.

Too much text means your audience doesn’t need you.  Have you ever asked a presenter if you could get a copy of his or her slides?  A truly bad PowerPoint® makes a truly good kiosk learning station.  Just set it on auto-transition and wait for the next slide to come up while you just read the screen.  You don’t even need the presenter.  And if you are the presenter…  well, you can see where we’re going.

Tell me about your experiences with Too Much Text!

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