Presentation tip for people with dyslexia

I am a very happy coach today. A few weeks ago I have coached someone who has dyslexia but he had to talk to a very big audience and did not look forward to that event at all. He had presented to big audiences but that did not go too well and the problem for him was mainly that he fails to memorize presentations.

So he was very happy when I announced him that memorizing a presentation is actually not a good idea. At least, not the way that he had in mind. You have to memorize some things but in a specific way. I helped him to build his story and to begin with we looked for an anecdote to begin his presentation. That is an ‘easy’ beginning because you don’t have to memorize sentences, you just have to remember which anecdote you want to share. I just memorize the first sentence then.

The second step was to find his structure and build a story around it. Actually his whole presentation was filled with anecdotes because this was easy for him to memorize as he had the feeling he could ‘just talk’ but in a structured way.

This was a 20 minute presentation so he used slides and in the end I think this was the biggest help for him. We translated his whole story in pictures of which some with important messages. I advised him to use a ‘cue card’ during the presentation that he could have in his hand. On that cue card he glued the order of the slides in miniature. So when he was lost he could look at his card and seeing the next picture it was easy for him to know what he had to say.

He mailed me this morning that his presentation was simply great and this really made my day :-)

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