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November 03, 2010

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Kathy Reiffenstein

Hi Joel,

Thanks for your comment.

I agree that handouts CAN make you and your message easier to remember. But I doubt that the typical handout of the PowerPoint deck in tiny print does that!

I think a memorable handout needs to follow the same rules as a memorable presentation: designed to provide me what I need (relevant); engaging (attractive format); and easy to understand and use.

Best,
Kathy

Joel Heffner

When I deliver a presentation about handouts I always point out that as one is speaking...the audience is forgetting. Handouts help you be more remember-able.

Kathy Reiffenstein

Hi Brandon,

Thanks for stopping by.

I like your visual image of a worthwhile handout being one that will be pinned to a bulletin board. Our challenge is to make our handouts so good that most everyone will want to pin them up!

Best,
Kathy

Brandon Cox

I think of a good handout as what my daughter gets at Sunday School - "take home papers." Giving a handout is my way of giving the audience members something to take away. Most will be thrown away, but now and then one might be pinned to a bulletin board.

Kathy Reiffenstein

Hi Richard,

Thanks for your great comment.

It's a perspective I hadn't thought of but you are SO right!

Best,
Kathy

Richard Glover

Great post, Kathy.

I think that the best use for presentation handouts is not to give the audience a substitute for notes, but rather to give them something that they can use to increase their engagement in the presentation.

Handing something out is an opportunity for distraction, so I think it's really important to be very careful about making sure that what you give your audience gets them more involved, rather than contributing to their distraction from your message.

Cheers!

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