Sunday, April 13, 2008

Spring Cleaning for your Presentation

I spent most of the day yesterday helping someone clean out their garage. They are moving this summer and we figured we'd get an early start on going through the accumulated stuff in the garage. Many of us will be doing similar spring cleaning around the house at this time of year.

So why not do some spring cleaning of your presentation. You've probably accumulated some slides that you've used for quite a while and they feel comfortable. But deep down, if you were honest with yourself, they don't work as well as they once did. Oh, they are OK, but you know your presentation could be better if you took the time to clean them out.

Should you replace them? Maybe not. Maybe you should cut them out and include more time for discussion and questions. Maybe you should leave that item out and expand on another area of your presentation.

If you do decide to replace the old slide with a new one, make sure it is a visual slide that encourages a conversation with the audience. No more bullet paragraph slides please.

Spring is a great time of year to look around and observe all the new growth popping up everywhere. Take this opportunity to do some spring cleaning on your presentation. I know you'll appreciate the results.


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