The last weeks I learned a lot (again) about better presentations. Although I’m usually a gifted presenter, that’s not a guaranty for outperforming every presentation, like I have to admit. So some weeks ago I was asked to hold a presentation, but just with 8 slides. It was a pretty instructive procedure for me to cut my 22 slide presentation down to 9, but I learned to recognize the essential messages of my presentation much better. Some of the slides I’ve cut I never used again. Lesson learned:
After dealing some time with an issue, try to cut down the issue to less than half of the slides to get a better feeling for important messages in it.
That presentation was pretty much better than before. I won a interested business angel, Mr. Wiethoff, who’s both: experienced and pleasant. With him we reworked the presentation once again. We had a difficult tech slide in it, which was somehow hard to explain. Mr. Wiethoff just asked: “What’s the message of that slide? One sentence please!” Once again we had to rethink about it but we created a better idea for the slide. Lesson learned:
Rework any slide with an unclear message. You must be able to say it with one sentence.
And finally we decided to add a final slide with the message of the whole presentation in 3 short & memorable essentials to let them sink in when the presentation is finished. Lesson learned:
Keep some good stuff for the end, because that picture is often remaining longer than other slides. It might be the one the audience remembers easy.