Being inclusive in your presentation benefits your whole audience.  Here are the top ten tips to build into your next presentation to ensure a positive and inclusive experience for all.  Of course, we can’t vouch for your content…

  1. Speak Slowly.

    People need time to take in what you’re saying.  However, if you have someone in your audience who is using communication support (eg. note-taker, BSL interpreter, palantypist) there will be a short relay between your words and their comms support.

  2. Face Front!

    People can read your expressions more easily, but it also means that those who who are hard of hearing and may lip-read can follow your speech more easily.

  3. Less is More

    Death by Powerpoint is a chore for everyone, so make sure you keep to as few slides as possible and never have more than 5 bullet points on each slide.

  4. Good Contrast

    There should be a stark contrast between the background of your slides and the font.  Black font on a white background works best.

  5. Size Matters!

    If the font on your slides are too small, you will lose everyone!  Hence keeping the number of bullets to a minimum.  The same goes for your notes.  Make sure they are a minimum of size 14 font in a sans serif script.

  6. Keep it Clean!

    It’s tempting to pep up your slides with little smileys or cartoons, but these can be a distraction for everyone.  Imagery should be clear, easy to see and relevant to the message you are conveying.

  7. Check Loop

    If there’s a hearing loop, make sure it’s working.  It’s a common courtesy to ensure that those who need the loop can benefit from it.

  8. Provide Notes

    These are handy for your full audience but will provide those who may need a little longer to take in your presentation, to follow it in print, or take it home with them to recap on.

  9. Be Available

    If possible, let your audience know that you will be around at the next break.  This can allow others who may not wish to ‘speak up’ at the ‘any questions’ stage to ask important questions.  It also means that those who may require support to communicate can do so in relative peace.

  10. Check Chat!

    Ask your audience if they can hear you, if you are speaking in a way that suits their needs.  Be attentive and you – and your audience – will get the most from your presentation.