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Rethinking the PowerPoint handout

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The handout has long been an afterthought for speaker-anchored Power­­Point sessions. However, it may be the most important piece of collateral you create for a meeting or training. You want to generate something participants can take away that supports your message and helps them act on it.

The agenda

First, challenge every slide. Does it need to be on the screen? Does it need to be in the handout? Both, neither? Everything you put on the screen will cause your audience to focus on it and read it.

People should have some idea of what’s going to happen at this gathering, but you only want to show a high-level agenda on the screen. Tell them what they really want to know: When is it going to be over? The detailed version can be in the handout.

Charts and graphs

When it comes to charts and graphs, a good rule to follow is: If they can’t truly see it on the screen, don’t show it to them. Provide a summary of what you want the c...(register to read more)

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