A stand-alone presentation is where the presenter is not there to give the presentation to their audience. Instead, the presentation alone is used to communicate the whole message.

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Websites like slideshare are a platform where many users upload presentations. Their presentations are supposed to be viewed in the browser as stand-alone presentations. We can learn a lot about making stand-alone presentations from them as we intend to do in today’s article:

Keep It simple

Keep it simple, concise, and to the point. You won’t be there to present your material. This means that whoever opens it, will want to skim over it. Help them find what they’re looking for, by only including the most important stuff in the slides.

Announce Change In Topics Using Titles

Make it clear to the reader that the topic has changed. In stand-alone presentations, you will really need to make things clear. Include a title slide to make it clear that the title just changed.

Have A Review Portion In The End

Due to the fact that the reader is probably reading your slides pretty fast, help them retain the information by having a quick review portion at the end of the presentation. This should help reinforce their memory in case they missed something.

Use Detail Slides As Well

You might need to use more words when you can’t explain something through visuals and simple words. Make slides like these when you need to use more text to explain something. Try to keep as few of these as possible.

Don’t Worry If You Made A Long Presentation

A stand-alone presentation can be twice or even five times the length of regular presentations. This is because you need to explain each point without speaking. Each slide should have a small amount of information. So, the slides will need to increase in number in order to present all the information.

You should consider sending this presentation along with additional files to your client. You can also send this presentation to your client as a PowerPoint show file. You can read more about Show Files by clicking here.

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Mike Goudzwaard and Larry Welkowitz Presentation by celt.keene [CC BY 2.0] via flickr