This one happens a lot, so please make sure you avoid this particular Online Presentation Mistake.
I see presenters do this almost every week.
It basically goes like this.
The presenter decides not to use slides for the presentation.
This is fine.
Instead, they are going to talk directly to their audience.
Again, so far, so good.
Instead of allowing the audience to see them clearly and fully, they put up what is known as a ‘holding slide.’
This type of slide has a title, name, date and usually a random image of some sort.
The ‘holding slide’ then remains there for the entire presentation.
And this slide serves no real purpose – it is an Online Presentation Mistake
In this scenario, about 90% of the screen ‘real estate’ is taken up by a slide that serves no purpose whatsoever.
Actually it is worse than serving no purpose, it is taking up valuable screen space and minimising the size of the speaker.
At best, the speaker then takes up a mere 10% of the screen ‘real estate.’ So 90% is wasted and 10% is utilised.
This compares to the speaker looking far larger is there are no slides.
Slides can play a useful role – but make sure every single slide serves a purpose.
And if you decide to do a presentation online “without slides”, make sure that means zero slides.
In this scenario, please let your audience see you properly. You are far more interesting than any holding slide could ever be.
Taking this approach will be much more effective for you and much more engaging for your audience.
Some errors are easy to avoid – this is one of them.
If you want avoid this Online Presentation Mistake, and other like it, have a look at our handy note here https://www.speakwithimpact.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Virtual-Presentation-Top-Tips.pdf