PowerPoint mistakes that drive people crazy
Reading the slide
One way to stay in synch with your slides is to read them aloud. Don't. Your audience can read twice as fast as you can talk. You might as well just take all your slides and mail them.
Exception: one person who could read aloud and still hold an audience was Tim Russert, the longest-serving host of NBC's "Meet the Press."
When interviewing politicians, he'd often read from the screen, word by word, something his guest once said, such as, "Apple pie is very good!" Then, he'd show a more recent quote from the same politician: "Apple pie is very bad. In fact, apple pie is extremely carcinogenic!"
This technique worked because he used it sparingly, and because no one else was doing it, and because Tim Russert had his own magic.
That's the thing about attention (and it's why PP slides can be deadly): we like novelty.