10 Tips to Improve a Presentation
1. Drop the bullet points
Bullet points add extra noise and clutter to the slide, which means the presenter and audience spend more time staring at the slide than having meaningful interactions. Instead, put a single sentence at the top of the slide that summarizes the main point of your slide, and support the sentence with visuals.
7. Tell them a story
This doesn't mean you should break out the fairytales, but it does mean you need to use the elements from the story that have mesmerized humans through the ages. Whenever possible, use true stories in your presentation, descriptive language when appropriate, and be authentic.
8. Hook 'em early
People usually start a presentation with their name and affiliation, but is this the most important information? Try "flipping" the intro by hooking your audience with a few sentences as to why the presentation is relevant to them. Then introduce yourself and your organization. Watch how your audience leans forward to hear more.
10. The genius doesn't always show up, but you need to
In her inspiring TED talk, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the genius as an entity that emerges at mysterious times to bless the creative process. Giving a presentation is a creative process; one which the genius sometimes inspires and sometimes doesn't. If we've put in the proper time and effort, whether the genius shows up becomes somewhat less critical. We've done our job.