Week 2 of our L+L Program: Present / Present
A presentation is an attempt at having an audience comprehend some bit of information. Unfortunately, inputting data through your audience’s eyes and ears doesn’t automatically result in understanding (I’m looking at you Powerpoint slides with 1000 bullet points, graphs, pictures, fonts, and colors). Our brains just aren’t wired to process information that way-yet. So while we wait for the technology to catch-up, we must adhere to how our brains actually absorb information: through stories, discovery, and discussion.
To be more specific, a presentation’s effectiveness is determined by how prepared and engaged the presenter is. The best presentations have a speaker, or speakers, who communicate so well that they hold the audience’s attention in the palm of their hand for the full duration of the presentation. Such an impressive outcome might seem unrealistic to some, but by following the basic guidelines of presentation best practices anyone can become an engaging emcee of information delivery systems.
View the slides here for a few tips on good presentations!