It is impossible for the audience to read and listen at the same time. A person can task switch, but cannot multitask, therefore if they are reading your slides, they are not listening to you. Vision is one of our most important senses. It is a well-known fact that the a significant portion of our brain is wired for vision, therefore, try to find a single image that encompasses the main message of your slide, then use your actual voice to fill in the blanks. It takes our brains longer to process text-based information than it does visual information.
If there's one thing that bothers me most in presentations, it's this: the insertion of data tables into slides. Often times you'll see snapshots of random tables taken from an article PDF filled with rows of numbers, p-values, and confidence intervals, occasionally accompanied by the quote, "As you can clearly see from the data."...Read More
Recently, I just finished reading a book called Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds. This book is a game changer in the presentation world in my humble opinion. If you are giving presentations at any level, this is a must read book. Now I know that REBEL EM has traditionally been a clinical blog, but every once in a while we come across something that is just too good to not share. What I am going to try and do in this blog post is summarize some of the key messages of this book. In the book the author basically breaks presentations down into 3 parts and applies principles from the art of Zen: