Undoubtedly, a formal presentation before the board members, fellow team members, clients, and trainees is a daily affair of any corporate house. Yet many are unaware of big loopholes they create in formal presentations and fail to comprehend how the audience can carefully notice the same and build an opinion on basis of the same. So, learn the common mistakes people do in a formal presentation and make sure you do not repeat them.
It is the most common mistake ever seen in a presentation. People often have the tendency to communicate a lot through PowerPoint slides. It is an absolute no. You need to put as less information as you can on each slide and explain the rest verbally. No one wants to read paragraphs and bombarding information. Neat slides with lot of blank space are not only pleasing to eyes, but also more arresting. If you over-stuff your slides with words, you also have chances of losing your audience’s attention as they will be busier in reading slides than listening to what you are saying.
Too much of animations
At times the presenter is too obsessed with animations and its effects. In sheer obsession with animation one ends up incorporating too much animation effects in slides, where words and images zoom in, zoom out, tilt, rotate, sparkle, make whooping sounds and many more distracting actions. Such animations may not only take away attention of the audience towards irrelevant things, but also cause serious damage to your reputation and credibility as the audience may find such inputs immature, unprofessional and stupid. You can incorporate animation effects, but as less as possible.
Too many colors
Often presenter thinks striking colors and abundant usage of colors can make slides appear attractive and appealing. But profuse use of colors can cause serious damage instead. Thus, use colors sensibly and aesthetically. Do not use more than two colors in a slide and keep all slides coherent in terms of design, color of typefaces, background color, layout and the like. Any disparity can cause major damage to your presentation and make it appear extremely juvenile. Use formal colors, you may use corporate colors effectively in your presentation and do not fall for flashy informal colors.
These are the common mistakes people often commit unknowingly and fail to comprehend what went wrong with their presentation despite bringing good content, great knowledge and rock solid preparation on the table. Well, since you know it now, don’t make the mistake again.