Speaker support is there to support the speaker

You’ve been asked to prepare a presentation for your next conference and immediately you run to your old friend PowerPoint (or Keynote for the Mac initiated). Your entire talk comes to life as you ‘fly in’ titles, wow everyone with graphs and splash as much information as possible onto the white canvas screen.

A common mistake in so many corporate events is the overuse of PowerPoint or Keynote, using slides with far too many builds, graphs and fonts that are far too small to be read on screen.

Using speaker support at your special event should be just that – support, it should not distract or be a replacement for your presenter on stage, but a tool that emphasises the topics being covered. Event planners are often charged with sourcing and managing speakers and their requirements, but rarely is the content they are using to display on screen questioned. In many cases speakers themselves are guilty of simply reading the 20 bullet points on screen, rather than engaging audiences with their words.

They say pictures are worth a thousand words. Engage your inner graphic artist (or video production team) and create a presentation with emotive imagery that supports your time on stage and let your words tell the story.

There are a few rules of thumb that you should abide by with all presentation slides:

· Create you slides with headlines not details.

· Use no more than 15 slides.

· Use large fonts.

· Use imagery as well as text.

In many instances, slide presentations of some description cannot be avoided, but they are not and should not be the focal point. Webcasts, incentive programs or team building events for example, are the hardest to engage an audience when you rely on details on slides – so keep it simple.

If you are planning a corporate event, conference or incentive contact Kieran Kennedy of Veritas on kieran.kennedy@veritas.com.au

Date posted: 2014-06-02 | posted by: veritase

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