There are three things that handouts can do for you, your audience and your presentation:
- Make it easier for listeners to take notes and follow along
- Help members of your audience contact you later
- Provide additional, more in-depth information on your topic
So that your handouts actually accomplish these goals, follow these tips:
Leave space for notes
This may sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many handouts are text-rich and space poor. Increase the size of your font, use substantial spacing between lines and leave large blocks of white space between thought points so people can take notes.
Put your contact info on every page
Don’t think that just by putting your contact info on the first or last page is enough. Staples come out; people throw away parts of your handout they are not interested in; coffee is spilled. If you put your contact information in the header or footer of every page, you won’t have to worry that people will loose or not be able to find it.