Questions can help communication with your audience in a number of different ways. We have produced a MindMap to give you a visual overview. Click here or on the graphic below to download this MindMap “Why Questions in Presentations? ” (The file is in .PDF format and it will open in a second browser window.)
There’s nothing wrong with PowerPoint. We believe you should take advantage of the real benefits the program offers. It is a marvelous tool for being able to quickly and simply put together attractive, professional looking visual support for the messages your presentation aims to convey
The dangers come in the ways that PowerPoint is used. “Death by PowerPoint “ occurs when the need to stimulate the minds of an audience is ignored or forgotten. It easy to be lured by the simplicity of the PowerPoint interface into writing consecutive screens jammed packed with lines of statements, each starting with a bullet point. Once bulleted lists are displayed on screen, the audience can read them as easily the speaker. There is always a risk that they can be read by the audience in conflict with the way the speaker wants to present them. More importantly, you can only expect an audience in passive mode to absorb a few such screens before their minds get overloaded and start to turn off.
Lists are fine for shopping or making sure you’ve packed all you need for going away on holiday but they are not the most effective learning device for a presenter to adopt: Questions asked with the Interactive Presenter are. . They invite the active participation of every member of your audience - helping them to understand and remember the important points you make.. Questions stimulate!
In February 2009, at the end of a very full day's course of lectures of lectures that included both interactive and conventional delivery sessions, we asked the fifty odd British clinicians who attended to rate the experience of being on the receiving end of interactive presentations. The two voting screens that resulted are shown below. The first screen shows the total numbers voting for each option. The second screen shows the mean average delegate rating on a 1-5 scale..