How to stop reading your slides

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Everyone knows that you are not supposed to read your slides.  Yet people do it all the time.

Much of the time it is because they did not prepare correctly.  But many others have not been taught how to present correctly.  For those people, I have this module from my course on how to present like a management consultant.

There is no silver bullet, but I have three techniques that will help you stop reading slides.

  1. Shift your presentation from dictation to discussion.  Interacting with your audience, and asking questions prevents you from reading the slides.
  2. Use phrases instead of sentences on your slides.  This is not a foolproof technique, you can still read and paraphrase what the slides say, but it is a step in the right direction.  If you start thinking of the phrases as prompts for your discussion points, then you can keep from reading them.
  3. Show, dont tell, with charts.  Simply put, you cannot read a chart.  There is a ton of research about visual depictions being more memorable and easier to process than text alone.  Take advantage of that

I hope you enjoy it, and I know you will get something out of it.