The opening words to a presentation that make my toes curl are heard way too often:
‘I know this slide is a bit busy, and you won't be able to read it, but …’
Why are you showing me a slide I can't read?
Isn't the whole point of a slide to simplify or support compelling messages? A picture paints a thousand words. But a thousand words do not paint a good picture. Especially if you can't read them.
And, even when slides are OK, delivery often isn't. For example, reading from notes – or worse, rehearsing your notes so you're word-perfect – often makes you look like a mouthpiece. This ...