Manner of Speaking

Rethinking Title Slides

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I am one of the co-founders of Presentation Guru, a digital magazine for public speaking professionalsThis post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation Guru with the Manner of Speaking community.

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Have you ever sat in the audience, waiting for a presentation to begin? To prepare for the next speaker, the organizers display the title slide to the speaker’s PowerPoint presentation. Usually, such slides display some or all of the following information:

  • Title of the presentation
  • Subtitle, if any
  • Name and title of the speaker
  • Date of the presentation
  • Name and location of the event
  • Company logo

And then what happens? Often, the speaker comes out, introduces himself, says how pleased he is to be at the event, and tells you the title of his presentation. In other words, he repeats the same information that you have been reading for the past few minutes.

This is a wasted opportunity. The opening is an important part of your presentation. You can do better than simply regurgitating the information on your title slide.

I am not against title slides per se, but in this post on Presentation Guru, I offer three ideas to help you rethink how you use them.

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