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The Non-Designer’s Presentation Book: principles for effective presentation design by Robin Williams

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13. Handouts

Handouts are a critical part of most presentations. There are times when it’s not necessary to provide a handout—perhaps you are giving a keynote address and it’s more like a speech with visuals, or you’re delivering a philosophical commentary with lots of discussion.

But most often, your audience wants something tangible they can take back to the office or home. Handouts make it easier for attendees to follow along, to take notes, and to get an idea of when your presentation will end.

If you have charts or tables of data, create a handout so everyone can actually read the charts and make notes on them.

If you provide directions on how to do something, make a handout (we humans can rarely write down directions correctly ...

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