ABCD of Public Speaking
Why shouldn’t you use text in PowerPoint
According to researcher John Sweller, our brain can not absorb information verbally and visually at the same time – either Listen or View but not both simultaneously.
In my opinion, the best practice is to use the slides for pictures that complement your presentation and while you are speaking, change to black slides (Bert Decker’s advice) to get the attention back to you and avoid distraction.
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Also, don’t miss this post from Presentation Zen
Pause is Important
- Short:One to two second pause to separate your thoughts
- Spontaneity: The pause while searching for a word or a phrase
- Long: Three seconds pause to help the audience think over what you have said
Don’t memorize your speeches
- Don’t try to memorize every word of your presentation. Research the topic well and memorize just the first couple of minutes of the speech.
- Practice your speech, but don’t be worry about the exact words.
hat tip KnowHR
How to be a great audience
- Show interest, lean forward, make eye contact
- Ask questions
- By showing genuine interest you will not just help the speaker but benefit much more.
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Have a great week-end.