Wednesday, April 9, 2014
At Attorney at Work, attorney Theda Snyder advises us to pattern our speaking presentations according to TED Talk Guidelines. Those guidelines are:
- Use lots of visuals. Engage your audience with images, photos, graphs, freehand drawings or videos, not words. You want your audience listening, not reading.
- One thing per slide. To the extent you feel compelled to use text, don’t use more than one idea per PowerPoint slide or flip chart page — no bullet point lists. (If this column were a TED talk, each idea would be shown by a picture on a separate PowerPoint slide.)
- Use a sans serif font. Use something like Arial, not Times New Roman. TED recommends a font size of at least 42 points, which doesn’t leave room for a lot of words on a projection screen.
- Provide new information to your audience. If you are telling them what they already know, you are wasting their time.
- Don’t use notes. You should be familiar enough with your topic that the visuals prompt you to remember what to say. Rehearse!
At least for me, I need some notes, but otherwise, good advice. You can read more here.