Slides can add great value, but how you communicate those slides is crucial to your participants' understanding.
There are common mistakes that Genies make when using a PowerPoint for a Cast - these mistakes range from adding too many animations, too many words on one slide, having stock images with watermarks, etc. Our goal is to have you take time to think about how you can have effective PowerPoint slides.
- Cast Does Not Mean W3bin@r
If you have been booked for a Cast you already know our thoughts about the word W3bin@r - kind of a four letter word here at Geniecast. A Cast is a live, two-way interaction between you and the participants - the goal is to create as much interaction as possible by adding value in ways a w3bin@r cannot. Hiding behind PowerPoint slides for 40 minutes is not interactive, and it will not engage the short (and continuously getting shorter) attention span of your participants.
- Create an Emotional Reaction
A question you always need to ask when adding visuals to your presentation, 'do my visuals create an emotional reaction?' Placing a stock photo on your slide just to fill up space does not add value to your participants. Visuals that create an emotional reaction allow participants to remember what you talk about during the Cast, and most likely long after it ends.
- Reinforce your Words vs. Repeating Them
We have all been through a presentation where the text on the slides are read word for word by the presenter. This does not add value to the participants because they are more focused on reading the slide than on what you're saying to them. Start asking yourself, 'What is the main idea that I want participants to take away from this slide?' Take this main idea and describe it in less than six words, keep the font size large, and create that emotional reaction through an impactful visual.
- Technology Is Changing... Are You?
Now we're not telling you to stop using traditional presentation tools such as PowerPoint and Keynote, but don't be afraid to use more creative applications. Technology should be used to your advantage to keep your material new and exciting. The content does not always have to change, but there is always room for improvement in the way it is presented and how it looks. One creative tool we have seen is Slidebean - you can easily create simple and beautiful slides. There are many creative apps out there so don't be afraid to try something new.