Standley correctly stated the danger of (mis-)using PowerPoint: "Too often the technology becomes the presentation and the speaker's voice, message, and ideas are secondary." Though many of his ideas were deceptively simple and seemingly subtle, I would argue that these small pieces of advice (selection featured below) add up to a much more engaging and enriching experience for both presenter and audience.
- Provide handouts. Because half of your audience will be uncomfortable without them.
- Remember that adults like to talk to each other. Provide opportunities for that to happen.
- The average "wait-time" is about 4 seconds. But the average wait-time should be 11 seconds.
- Choose two "anchor-points" on the floor when speaking in front of an audience. Avoid mimicking the "caged tiger" on a stage and don't hesitate to join your audience physically as a fellow learner.