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Weave slides into your speech with the 3Ts

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Many presenters misuse slides. They rush from image to image without allowing the audience to analyze each graphic. Pace yourself using the turn, take, talk method:

Turn toward a new slide or flip-chart page as it becomes visible to the audience. But don’t swing around entirely so that the audience sees your backside. Simply rotate 90 degrees so that you can glance at the graphic.

Take two seconds to review the slide. Silently remind yourself of the most important point you want the audience to extract from that image.

Talk. Re-establish eye contact with your listeners. Then make a provocative comment about the graphic, such as, “What’s surprising here is …” or “Notice the high number of …” Keep your eyes on the audience. Turn back to the image with a pointer only after you’ve addressed the audience directly for at least five seconds.

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