Presentations & Visual Aids: It’s show and tell

Stephanie is spot on regarding this. Remember YOU are the message!

Stephanie Scotti/Professionally Speaking

Most presenters find that using some sort of visual aid helps them to engage their audience. Some people, however, make the mistake of leaning too heavily on their visual aids. Doing so detracts from their speech and distracts the audience.  Think back on the age-old elementary school activity “show and tell”.  You show your audience something and then tell them a story about it. That is how you should use any visual aid in your presentation.

Here are some great visual aids that can add to the success of your presentation when used to enhance your message.

PowerPoint Slides:  Skip the titles, bullet points, and dense paragraphs (they only distract the audience). Simple photos on a projection screen can visually illustrate a point and begin to tell your story without going overboard.  Choose simple, well-composed photos that don’t have busy backgrounds or poor lighting for the best effect. Put…

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You know your material….why don’t people remember when you speak?

ImageGrant & Kristin both know their professions extremely well! He’s a professional videographer…..and she’s in nursing management. They excel within their fields, and when they are asked questions….they give you concise and concrete answers. That simply means that their listening audience remembers what they said. 

They know how to talk and present because their mother is a professional speaker. And yes they have learned. 

Do people remember you whenever you speak on a topic? Or are your nerves in such a dominant factor that people remember more of your er’s, ah’s & um’s. In Toastmasters we actually have a counter for all of your “er’s & ah’s” to be counted. This is to make you more aware of how you can minimize this weakness and work at eliminating  that habit significantly.

When you speak, focus on the KEYPOINT of what your message is…..and bring it to your audiences attention (no matter the size) at least 3 to 5 times. You want your message and key points to be REMEMBERED…so that they come back and want to learn more from you. 

And of course…..do MORE business with you.

I’ve revamped the K.I.S.S. theory  – Keep It Simple Successfully! Be content rich when you speak; repeat your Key point and be remembered because of what you presented.

As a professional presentations skills expert Strong Incentives can show you how to do this! Call today and make positive changes today in your next presentation.