Presentation Handouts: What They Need to Contain

So the big corporate meeting or campus seminar is coming up and you are working on the materials you plan to hand out to your audience. What should you put down on those handouts in order to both impress and better inform your audience? Here are a few tips to help you do just that:

Outline your presentation in digestible chunks

Outline your discussion using bullet points and explain them with no more than three lines of text each. You want your recipients to hold an outline that will remind them of what they learned in your presentation, not a complete manuscript of every little thing you said and didn’t say. Include charts and diagrams that you discussed earlier.

Offer resources that can be utilized at a later date

You can only say so much in your presentation, meaning you may not have enough time to expound on the details. Writing down website links, relevant books and even the details of people and organizations you consulted will help interested readers learn more about your presentation even when you are no longer there.

Leave contact details for questions and feedback

There are, however, some things that will need your personal input for people to fully understand what they’re looking at. You can thus leave your contact details so people can call, email or message you for clarification. Do note that you should only put down your professional and not your personal contact details. The last thing you want to do is announce your home number (ergo your home address) to tens, hundreds or even thousands of random people.