Keep your language simple

March 2, 2020

Sure, it might make you sound clever, but using difficult vocabulary in your presentation can lessen your audience’s understanding. We discuss why you should keep your language simple in presentations. 

There are a lot of things you need to consider when putting a PowerPoint presentation together. Many require a good level of PowerPoint proficiency and a keen eye for design (that’s where we come in). But there’s one simple way anyone can improve their presentation: by keeping the language simple. 

Paying attention to the language you use in presentations is crucial to ensuring the audience is able to understand and digest your ideas. Jargon and complicated terminology should be avoided where possible. Some technical terms might be essential to your presentation, but try your best to avoid obscure, pretentious language.

There’s no need to show off

Yes, you might know all there is to know about the topic you are presenting on. You might also have an impressive knowledge of the complex language associated with that topic. But before you try to wow your audience with your dictionary of clever-sounding words and phrases, ask yourself if it’s worth the risk of lessening their understanding.

While a sentence might make perfect sense to you, an expert in your field, there is no guarantee your audience will know what all of the words mean. And if they don’t understand the words you use, they can easily lose the gist of the whole presentation. 

Or, they might just waste time trying to translate difficult words when they should be listening to your ideas. To avoid this, simplify your language as much as you can to expose the central meaning behind your presentation. 

Avoiding jargon in your presentation is a sure way to increase the comprehension of your audience. Keep it simple. 

If you need help putting together that killer presentation, get in touch with us today. From expertly designed slides, to damn-clever PowerPoint development, no one does presentations like we do.

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