Conference attendees frequently request PowerPoint slides as handouts. If your PowerPoint has so much text and data that it can be used as a handout, then you're doing something wrong.
Your PowerPoint is most effective when it's image-based with minimal text and enhances your presentation, as I've mentioned here, here and here. You can also learn more about effective PowerPoint at Dave Paradi's blog and at the BBP (Beyond Bullet Points) blog.
Instead, provide handouts that:
1. Summarize your talk into concise points
2. Illustrate data, charts or graphs that were too detailed for the screen
3. Give tools for your audience to use when they leave
Keep handouts to a minimum; once your seminar attendees see how much paper they've brought home from the conference, much of it will go right into the recycling bin.
There is no law that says your PowerPoint slides have to become a handout. Audiences request them because presenters tend not to give handouts at all, so something is better than nothing for a lot of people.
Make your handouts relevant, useful and concise, just like your presentation, and your audiences will thank -- and remember -- you.
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