Should the Slides Outshine the Speaker?

Slides outshining the speaker  is a common thing that I notice whenever I attend presentations. It doesn’t matter where the projector is or how big or small the screen is, the speaker usually prefers to be in the dark so that the audience can focus on his slides being projected onto the screen.

While this may seem common sense, Lisa Braithwaite emphasizes the fact that this is far from how things should be done when doing a presentation. In her blog post, Outshine your slides with proper lighting, she talks about the proper way to do it and why it’s important that the both the slides and the speaker be seen by the audience.

How about you? What’s your take on this?

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