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Do You Have to Use PowerPoint When You Give a Speech?

by | Sep 29, 2015

Executive Communication Speaker and Coach PowerPoint VisualNo.

Advantages and disadvantages of PowerPoint are —


  • Keeps you, the speaker, focused.
  • Allows your audience to hear you and see what you are talking about.
  • When PowerPoint is used well (which rarely happens) your speech will be enhanced.


  • Turning down the lights = nap time
  • Too much info on each visual = confusion and distraction
  • Forces the presentation to be linear – no room for speech flexibility

IF you use PowerPoint follow these guidelines:

  • Keep the visuals visual – minimal to no words
  • One idea per visual
  • Keep the lights “up” in the room

You don’t go to sleep at night saying to yourself, “Man, I wish I’d watched more PowerPoint presentations today!” BUT I bet you might say, “I wish I had been more inspired today.” Inspiration comes from stories (with a possible picture to support your thoughts) with a message, not a bunch of slides with bullet points. Bullets kill.

Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S., author of 3 books and President of Speak For Yourself®, works with organizations and executives on how to communicate to make more money. It’s all in how you speak for yourself. Read more at www.SpeakForYourself.com/blog/


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