Effective Presentations: Using handouts effectively

Effective Presentations: Using handouts effectively

Effective Presentations: Using handouts effectively

I guarantee that we’ve all walked away from a presentation on either side of the extreme. Either empty handed with no material and just the speakers words running around in your brain, or inundated with so much paperwork and notes that you won’t get enough time until the end of time as well know it to review them all! So as a presenter, how do you land somewhere in the middle?

using handouts effectively

  1. People will perceive you as more organised and professional if you give handouts.
  2. Handouts should be simple, relate to the purpose of your presentation, have high visual impact and not distract the audience.
  3. If your handout is not designed for the audience to fill in information as they go it may be best to delay handing it out until you’ve finished your presentation. That will ensure your audiences attention is focussed on you, not your handout.
  4. Ensure you have enough handouts – add 10% to the anticipated numbers, people will get annoyed if they feel they have ‘missed out’.