Executive Presentation Training - The Seven Deadly PowerPoint Sins
Business executives everywhere know the power of a PowerPoint®
presentation. PowerPoint® is the predominate presentation tool used in
the world today. It can also be the most assured way to lose an
audience's attention and kill your message.
Why? Because PowerPoint® is the most misused presentation tool used in
When used correctly, PowerPoint® can enrich a presentation and make the
message more memorable. The problem is most people don't use this
terrific invention even remotely effectively.
With proper executive presentation training, you can avoid the common
mishaps many executives make when using PowerPoint®.
Below are the top seven mistakes people make when using PowerPoint®. If
you are guilty of any of these, make changes to your presentations
immediately. Your reputation as a speaker will improve and your message
will be more memorable.
1) Too much content on a slide. Use only a few key words or phrases on
each slide. Think 4 X 4: No more than four words per line, no more than 4
lines per slide.
2) All words, no images. Use fewer words and more images. Use an
interesting picture or a key word on a slide to launch your talk about
each topic or message you want to deliver.
3) Too many slides. Do not use a slide for every point you want to make.
The main focus should be on you, not the slides.
4) Wild and crazy animations. Swooshing sounds and flying words are
distracting to the audience and weaken your presentation.
5) Using the slide presentation as the handout. Sorry, but that is the
lazy way out. Prepare separate handouts with as much detail as you want.
Use simple PowerPoint® slides to enhance your oral message, not serve as
6) Reading from the slides. Don't turn your back to your audience and
read the slides. Instead, maintain eye contact with your audience while
delivering your key points in a conversational tone.
7) The Star Wars "laser saber" show. Leave the laser pointer home. The
piercing red beam probably won't really take an aircraft down, but it
will definitely kill your audience's attention.
Carmie McCook, the president of Carmie McCook & Associates, is a
nationally recognized expert on effective communication skills,
specializing in media interview, public speaking, presentation, crisis
communications, and executive media training
For more information, visit http://www.carmie.com