Are you guilty of subjecting your audience to information overload? Do you cram as much information as possible into each and every bullet point? Whilst you may succed in explaining your point more fully, there is a danger of overloading your slides - and your audience - with too much content in one go. To impart information and ideas more effectively, we should aim to chunk our information down to manageable sized pieces.
If the title area of our slide is devoted to the heading, and the content area is set aside for, well, concise and compact content, where can we expand on our bullet points? Well, this is where notes page view can help us, as presenters, explain our bullet points via the wonder of the "spoken word".
Notes page view displays the typically structured slide that consists of header area and content portion (green and blue areas respectively, below). It also displays a more expansive area for notes (the yellow portion). You can narrate your notes verbatim, or use them as cues to broach related topics.
To get to notes view, click on the View tab in the ribbon and then click Notes Page, in the Presentation Views group on the left. The good thing about the notes you make is that they can be printed off alongside the slides you print. After you press ctrl+p to print, make sure you change the Print Layout selector to be Notes Pages.
So, summarising the three areas:
- The title - this should summarise the main idea of your slide. If someone were to look at your slide, or your Notes Page, no one should mistake what you intend to communicate here.
- The content area - this should illustrate the main idea that you've indicated in your headline.
- The notes area - this could capture in complete sentences what you will say verbally during your presentation. Alternatively, it could display cue cards, for your benefit, that you don't want cluttering up the main content area.