Presentations are a form of accurately conveying beliefs, ideas, and pitches. We all have to engage an audience with “public speaking”. Many presentations are engaging, well-crafted content that evokes a positive reception from those who’ve heard it.
But countless speakers unknowingly present boring presentations. Usually this is done inadvertently, due to lack of knowledge, experience, and discipline.
There’s many factors that can create a boring presentation, such as poor structure, lack of visuals, and too much text. Educating yourself on these pet peeves will provide an understanding of how to properly make a presentation.
1. Lack Of Structure
If you have a presentation lacking adequate structure, it’s at risk of losing an engaged audience. The lack of a beginning, middle, turning point and end indeed will lower your audience’s information retention. Lack of structure will also make your audience feel discombobulated, due to your presentation not being properly organized. You need to have proper flow throughout your presentation without any breakage.
Your audience wants a presentation that meets formatting and easy-to-read standards as well. Having an unstructured presentation will make people resent it, rather than praise it.
2. Too Much Text
Too Much Text Is A Mistake Even Seasoned Speakers Make.
No one has the patience to read a giant wall of text. Even design principles 101 tell you to refrain from using excessive text. Placing excessive text leads to cluttered, long winded slides, ensuring your presentation will be bland and hard to read. Always remember that quality beats quantity.
Recent studies have indicated that the human attention span is now shorter than a goldfish.
According to an article published on “Orlando Sentinel”, “the average human attention span is now shorter than a goldfish’s. A recent study found that the average human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000 to eight seconds today. It is reported that goldfish have a 9-second attention span”.
Let that sink in for a minute. Humans have changed psychologically throughout our inception. As a speaker — flooding too much text will overwhelmed your audience. It’ll make them squint — and read inordinately. Your audience needs to read precisely & swiftly without losing their attention.
3. Mediocre Visuals
Visuals is what helps put emphasis onto your presentations. Visuals help put scenarios of presentations in your audience’s mind. Though not all visuals need to be eye-candy, they need to have appeal & relevance to your presentations.
Having mediocre visuals will halt any effective communication with your audience. Studies have alluded that poorly made presentations lead to boredom, and hindered learning, A well-made one entices your audience.
Presentations embody visuals. People don’t wanna read text within your slides. They’re here to hear your information, the best presentation is with appropriate visuals.
4. Making It All About Yourself
It’s tempting to put your ideas out there and have them stand out. But being too self-centered and making your idea all about you
can easily backfire. Placing in things like sales, pitches, testimonies, hobbies etc can easily make your presentation just about you.
Your presentation should be informative and have a call-to-action. An audience should feel emboldened from your presentation or become educated on your presentation, rather than feel second-class.
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