Presentation Tip: Don’t Read Your Slides

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One very common breaking of connection with the audience occurs in presentations where the presenter has not just a summary of the main points of their presentation but the entire presentation script written on their slides, then on top of this unforgivable presentation sin they proceed to read every line to the audience.

The only connection that they have with the audience is when they look up from their notes or the computer screen.

Never ever read your slides.

This should be avoided for two reasons:

  1. When you read your slides, either on your computer on worse still off the screen, you break the connection with the audience, you’re not looking at them when you talk.
  2. The audience can read faster than you can talk, so they’re finished first and get more and more bored the longer it takes you to finish the page