When is the best time to distribute presentation handouts? That is a hotly debated topic. Some are adamant that you distribute them before your presentation. Others argue that you should never do that and only hand them out at the end of your presentation. However, the truth lies somewhere in […]
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To provide handouts, or not to provide handouts? That truly is a good question. Some people are adamant that a good presentation doesn’t need them. However, some presentations serve the audience better if you do provide them. So, what are the best practices for handouts?
In this post, I’ll share the best practice tips for using handouts effectively.
All presentations have a time limit, and some topics are not well served within those time constraints. Handouts that audience members can take home and re-read or go over again can help to reinforce your content, keep you top of mind and give your audience a more rich experience. However, […]
It may surprise you, but the topic of handouts can get quite contentious with speakers. Some are all for them. Some are dead set against. Some say to pass them out ahead of time. Others firmly believe they should be distributed after the talk. What is the real answer to […]
There are three things that handouts can do for you, your audience and your presentation:
- Make it easier for listeners to take notes and follow along
- Help members of your audience contact you later
- Provide additional, more in-depth information on your topic
So that your handouts actually accomplish these goals, follow these tips:
Leave space for notes
This may sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many handouts are text-rich and space poor. Increase the size of your font, use substantial spacing between lines and leave large blocks of white space between thought points so people can take notes.
Put your contact info on every page
Don’t think that just by putting your contact info on the first or last page is enough. Staples come out; people throw away parts of your handout they are not interested in; coffee is spilled. If you put your contact information in the header or footer of every page, you won’t have to worry that people will loose or not be able to find it.
NOTE: This is the post that started it all. It uses the analogy of superpowers to discuss speaking techniques. It was first posted on my “The Secrets of Public Speaking” blog, which has now been folded into this blog. Imagine if public speakers were super-heroes. What would their powers be? […]