Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The #1 Mistake with Visual Aids

You're probably thinking that the #1 mistake with visual aids is too much text on a slide.

Close, but that's #2.

The worst thing you can do with a visual aid is to spend your presentation looking at it....instead of your audience.

You can look at it for a few seconds, while keeping your mouth shut. This gives your audience the chance to take it in, without being distracted by your words.

Despite the protests of i-pod addicts, people cannot take in information from 2 different sources at the same time. Either they read your slides OR they listen to you. They're not doing both at the same time.

That's why you limit text on a slide.

Once you're talking, look your audience in the eye, one person at a time.