Learners in your class can either read what is on your PowerPoint slide or listen to you. They cannot read it and listen to you at the same time.
If you are going to put a quote or other information on the slide, then shut up and let them read it. Once they have had time to read it you can talk about it and expand on the concept or idea.
If you cannot be quiet long enough for them to read it then memorize the quote, put a picture on your slide that reflects the quote or concept and tell the audience what the quote says.
If it is a criminal statute or other more complex or detailed piece of information give the class a handout, let them read it, then pull out one or two key points which you can have on a slide as you discuss the meaning, intent and application of the data.
It frustrates your learners when you are read word for word what is on your slide while they are also trying to read it. It really frustrates them when the slide is packed with information in size 12 font so that you have to read it to anyone that is not seated in the front row (if it is a room full of cops there is likely no one seated in the from row).
Plan ahead. Use only a few words or a single quote on a slide. Use font size 32 or bigger. Refrain from all capitalize letters. Use color combinations of font and background that are easy to read from the back of the room. Put the slide up and allow time for people to read what is on the slide. It will enhance everyone’s experience.
Take care and always remember Life’s Most Powerful Question – What’s Important Now?
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