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SmithNovak guide: The Do's and Don'ts of making Presentations


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Here are a few useful and practical tips on how to do presentations.

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SmithNovak guide: The Do's and Don'ts of making Presentations

  1. 1. The Do’s and Don’ts of making Powerpoint Presentations Tips for SmithNovak Speakers
  2. 2. What do we need from you? As soon as you have confirmed you will present at a SmithNovak event, we immediately need from you: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. A PRESENTATION TITLE 5 BULLETS YOUR CORRECT NAME, JOB TITLE & COMPANY A PROFILE PHOTO A PROFILE TEXT WRITTEN WITH RELEVANCE TO THE EVENT
  3. 3. Bullets The presentation title and bullets are VERY important. Please take time to CAREFULLY write these. BULLET TIPS (examples): • How to .. • A clear explanation of.. • 10 lessons learned.. • 5 Quick Wins.. • Mistakes to avoid..
  4. 4. When do we need your slides? AT LEAST 5 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT start now..
  5. 5. Less is more  Don't illustrate every point with a slide, only the important ones  Even in a 45-minute presentation, you should only be making two or three excellent points that you expect the audience to remember  Everything else can be anecdotes or examples backing up those points
  6. 6. You are the focus, not your slides  If you're on a stage, you are a performer. The slides are just a prop that you should be able to get by without  What makes a performance interesting? Humour, movement, dramatic pauses, audience interaction  Come out from behind the lectern and use body language  Ask people to raise their hands for an informal poll or answer an obvious question, then challenge their answer
  7. 7. Use graphics & images to demonstrate a point Use as many graphics and other images as possible to demonstrate and reinforce a point Sales are up by almost 25% year on however under the present climate, we feel there will be stress on the market in the 4th quarter Chjcjhwcjc djwkdcb djjc djnj Wdend nnmnnmnmn
  8. 8. Presentation Title and Subject Double check that your presentation title is consistent with the title published and agreed with SmithNovak !!
  9. 9. Never read slides Never read slides word-for-word
  10. 10. Look at the audience Have the slides on your laptop screen as well as on the projector screen, and don't look at the projected image unless you are pointing to it
  11. 11. Limit the amount of text on each slide There should be a MAXIMUM of 5 bullet points per page or at most, a short sentence
  12. 12. Font sizes and styles Make sure Font sizes and styles are consistent throughout the entire presentation
  13. 13. Don’t put too few words on a slide  Single words per bullet point are normally unhelpful.  Slides are an aide memoir for you as the speaker, but they should also be useful as notes for the attendees
  14. 14. Don’t use animations Animations can be very annoying and distracting. Avoid them at all costs
  15. 15. Make eye contact with the audience
  16. 16. Talk only about what is on a slide  Do not be tempted to describe more key points  Make ONE point per slide
  17. 17. Standing  Keep your hands out of your pockets  Don't stand rigidly behind a lectern  Walk around the stage, using gestures to indicate what you mean
  18. 18. Know your slides! Do not appear surprised when the next slide comes up
  19. 19. Avoid complex graphs or process models
  20. 20. Watch the TIME very carefully Please stay within your time limit at all costs!
  21. 21. Slide number  Please aim for ONE slide per 2-3 minutes  10 slides for a 20 minute presentation + questions
  22. 22. Don't kill the punch line Whatever you do, don't show the text of your major conclusion BEFORE you've gotten there in your talk. Not only do you ruin the surprise, but you make the slides more important than the speaker
  23. 23. Summarise Always try to SUMMARISE the key points you have made at the end of your presentation
  24. 24. Ask for Questions Take 2 or 3 questions at the end of your presentation Take a poll asking for hands-up