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How to Use Slides in Your Training Presentation

Most people think that when they are putting together a training presentation they must put every word they plan to say on a slide. While this might make it easier for a trainer to remember a script, it is counter intuitive to giving a good presentation. Why? As soon as a slide goes up, people are more inclined to focus on the slide than the speaker.

Here are some tips to help you create slides that will get you more engagement, rather than less.

1. Only hit the highlights. Use your slides to sum up your points. Only show them once you've made the point, not before. This lets students know what the most important elements of the training session are.
2. Use images. Images are a great way to both illustrate your point and give you a memory jog as to what you will discuss next. Screenshots are great images to include when you can. Just make sure the screen shot you use is focused on the area you are talking about and can be seen clearly from the back of the room.
3. Include references. If you plan to hand out your slides, including sources and references can make turn them into a great guide for your students to hang on to.
4. Don't use animations. There was a time when people thought putting animations in their presentations would make them more entertaining. In reality they are more distracting. If you have a short video that further demonstrates what you are teaching, that is great. But a car zooming across the page or a character popping up in a random place takes attention off of the material you are teaching.

One other point to consider as you create your slides: what if your presentation space has some kind of technical issue? Creating slides that work as a supplement to your presentation, rather than holding the entire presentation ensures that even without the slides, you still have a useful training session.

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