9 Steps to Better Presentations: Part 7 – Give Cues

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Cues are like visual and verbal sign posts. They help your audience navigate your presentation and figure out what to expect next.

You can give visual cues in your slidedeck. Notice, for example, how each major point in this presentation begins with a slide that shows a number. That’s a cue.

You can give verbal cues as well. “First…” “Next…” “By contrast…” Those are cues.

Use cues like these to refocus your audience’s attention.

9 Steps to Better Presentations: Part 4 – Minimize Text

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We don’t mean make your text smaller.

Your presentation is not a report. It’s a presentation. Your slides are there to support (not replace) you and your message.

Limit your text to just a few words per slide. Or maybe two or one.

Or none. See point #5.

Conserve electrons and reduce the amount of text on your slides.