PPT As A Crutch

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Use PPTs as a Prop and not as a Crutch
Many speakers tend to use these slides as a crutch; it must be remembered that these are the aids and should be used as such. Do not use them as replacement for reading. Too many slides containing too much of data and information will make a mess of your presentation. Here are a few guidelines:

Limit the number of slides
Too many slides leave no time for the speaker to have eye-contact and develop a rapport with the audience. Optimum number of slides for a 90 minutes presentation is 15, but never cross 20 slides.
Limit information to key issues
If you include the details in the slides. it is bound to cause confusion. Mention only the key points that must be discussed with the audience.
Keep the slides
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8.4 Role of Body Language in Presentation
It is a well-recognised fact that in face-to-face communication, it is not only the words and sentences that are exchanged; the process involves the total personality of individuals. Physical disposition i.e., neat dress sense, posture, general bearing, facial expression, gestures are all important in expression of feeling, ideas, thoughts etc. A person who is well dressed and has a pleasant mannerism is always able to impress in the initial stages of meeting. He is able to develop an instant rapport with others, which is very helpful in presentation.

1. Posture
When you are asked/invited to walk up to the podium and make a presentation, do not get tense because of anxiety to impress the audience. It is natural to feel little nervous and excited but no one will know this state of your mind unless you let him or her know through an awkward walk. Get up from your seat naturally and walk confidently to the podium. Remember, all this is being keenly watched by he audience. Stand erect with your hands on side and if you have notes, these should be kept on the podium where these can be easily seen and read. Start with wishing the audience, depending upon the time of the day. Do use your hands to make a point but necessary and too much movement of hands distracts the attention. Keep yourself at appropriate distance from the microphone or hold it at a reasonable
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Voice modulations, pitch, body language, go with the kind of language, its pronunciation and vocabulary. Whenever in doubt, one must consult a dictionary for a meaning as well as for proper of any oral presentation.
• A monotonous and dull delivery without modulation and high and low of voice have no impact in the audience and they will not be interested in what you are conveying. This defeats the very purpose of any oral presentation.
• Some people think that if they speak fast, they would impress the audience. This is a wrong notion. There has to be coherence between thought and speech. Speed of thought is much more than the speed of speech and one may become a victim of converting the thought quickly into speech. One should not speak faster than 130-150 words per minute for the speech to be understood by the audience
• One must be clearly heard by all present in the place where presentation is being made. Before you start, check up with the farthest person whether he or she is able to hear your loud and clear voice.
• Pronounce every word properly with suitable emphasis. Wrong pronunciation will make you a butt of jokes with the
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