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PRESENTATIONS ARE...WORDS, NOT SLIDES

Your presentation is not a set of slides.

It's you talking with the audience, not jockeying a bunch of PPTs.

Slides have their place, but the less cluttered they are, the better. The less complex they are, the better. The less distracting they are, the better.

Of course, if you are giving a technical  presentation to engineers, your slides should reflect that audience's preferences, but for most presentations, the audience is there to hear someone speak, not see slide after slide after slide.

Brainstorm your story first, get your narrative down pat as a fluid conversation, and then add slides that help augment your conversation, not distract from it.

You presenting with 50 slides could be a boring disaster. You having an engaging conversation using 10 slides is a recipe for success!

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Loraine Antrim is co-founder of Core Ideas Communication, a communications consulting agency focused on presentation development and media training for C-suite executives. Core Ideas enables executives to package and communicate relevant and compelling messages in their presentations and interviews. Loraine's expertise is killing butterflies. You know, butterflies: the feeling in your stomach before you have to present or speak in public. Loraine works with executives to create a powerful story, memorable messages and an authentic delivery style. Confidence kicks in, and butterflies scatter. Nice work killing butterflies! You can contact Loraine at: manager at coreideas.com