My most important presentation was lacking in three big ways.
Despite having spent three weeks preparing my slides (which was wrong as I point out in part one yesterday), they still lacked three critical pieces. If you have not read part one, do so now. I discuss the worst mistake I made in delivering my presentation. Most people make the same mistake. I also offer six tips for fixing that mistake.
So what was wrong with my slides? Why did they lack clarity and effectiveness?
Mistake Two: My slides weren’t readable. Ever tried to read 12-point from fifteen feet away? Ever left a presentation with a screaming headache? Not only did I try to cram too much on one slide, rather than write in bullets as I suggested yesterday, but the text I had was unreadable.
You probably suck at PowerPoint presentations.
I know this because almost everyone does. No offense. If you are the exception, I really want to hear from you in the comments below.
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I sucked for thirty-one years. Until the day I delivered a presentation so awful, I knew I had to change quickly.
It was the presentation I had planned for three weeks. It was to be the moment that I inspired my team, changed the course of our company, and…there was an audible thud from Nashville to each of the coasts. I was that bad.
What mistakes did I make and what can you learn from them?
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