Presentation Tip: Raise the average two slides at a time
If they tried to apply all the learning to all the slides in their typical presentation, it wouldn't work. They would end up spending too much time and give up with few, if any, changes being made. I want the participants in my workshops to apply what they have learned, so I share with them an approach that will help manage the work of improving their presentations.
I call it the "raise the average quality by working on the bottom two" strategy. Here is how it works. If you look at the average quality of all the slides in your normal presentation, it will be at a level that you know could be better. Some slides are good, some are average, and some are below average.
Chances are that there are a few slides, I use two as a typical number, that are the worst slides in your presentation. You don't really like them, they are hard to present, and the audience doesn't connect with them. What I suggest is that you work on just those two worst slides and improve them for your next presentation. Working on only two slides is a manageable amount and almost everyone says they could certainly redo two slides.
By improving the bottom two slides in your presentation, you raise the average quality of the entire presentation. Next time, work on the next bottom two slides. Every time you present, work on the worst two slides in the deck. After five or ten presentations, you will have addressed almost all the slides that need improving and your presentation will be much better than when you started. It may have taken some time, but the results are worth it. By tackling the presentation two slides at a time, you break the work up into manageable chunks that anyone can handle.