3 Ways to Improve Your Presentations Right Now

Uncategorized Jun 16, 2017

I get asked all the time about the fastest and easiest ways to improve presentations. It usually goes something like this:

Scott, if you can offer the listeners/the audience three tips to improve their presentations…what do you suggest?

You asked. So, here are my three ways to improve your presentations right now.

1. Care More About Your Content
Your presentation narrative is the most important part of your presentation yet so many presenters tend to want to neglect it or just out right ignore it. You can’t do that. Focus on your storyline and try to get all of your content condensed into three main points.

2. Opt for Photos Over Bullet Points
The human brain processes visuals 60,000 times faster than text based information (a.k.a. bullet points) So, the tip is simple. Delete your bullet points and choose full bleed photos instead. This means that instead of having one slide with 5 bullet points, you are going to have 5 separate slides.

3. Rehearse, Don’t Memorize
I wish I had a magic formula for how many times you should rehearse your presentation, but I don’t. However, we can lean on some of the best presenters and entertainers like Jerry Seinfeld. He practiced his 5-minute bit 200 times before getting in front of the camera on The Tonight Show back in 1981. You get the idea. That’s a lot. Find the balance that is best for you knowing that 2-3 times the night before is not sufficient.

When thinking about presentations, there is no finish line. They require diligence, hard work, and a constant care of the craft. If you want to see dramatic improvement or at least get off to a good start, then try the techniques above.

Keep me posted on how it goes in the comments section below.

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