Creating effective presentations

Visual Communication Beyond Slides

Current issues in training presentations

If you are in education or corporate training, I am sure you have seen presentations that are not quite working. Here are some current problems in developing training presentations.

Too much texts (and bullet points)

Bullet points don't work in general. Audience can't read and listen an instructor at the same time. If you want participants to listen to you, don't compete with slides. They can read more qucikly than you can read out loud.

Not having enough slides

Usually the fewer slides the better, if slides contain big block of texts. But, if your slides actually help bring your training to life and illustrate your learning objectives, you need the right number of slides. If nothing changes on screen for half an hour while you cover a huge amount of content, your learners will benefit from seeing additional slides.

Not paying attention to design

You will be surprised how many important training presentations look like straight out of 90's Office templates. People notice design. If you want to give the right impression, and if your training presentation is going to be used in a way that warrants the expense, it's a good idea to involve a professional presentation designer.

Using slides as handouts

There's often an expectation that a trainer delivering a training presentation will also provide a handout. The idea is that a handout serves as a real reminder of what happened so that participants can benefit 'long term' from training. The problem is that if slides work as handouts, they must be self-explanatory. But if slides are self-explanatory, the audience will read the slides, instead of paying attention to the trainer.

Presentations are still widely used for training. You can even create effective training out of presentation slides if you use it correctly.

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