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Record number 504289
Title PowerPoint Slides as Speaking Notes: The Influence of Speaking Anxiety on the Use of Text on Slides
Author(s) Woerkum, C.M.J. van; Hertz, B.; Kerkhof, P.
Source Business and Professional Communication Quarterly 79 (2016)3. - p. 348 - 359.
Department(s) Strategic Communication
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Abstract PowerPoint presentations are often criticized for the excessive use of text on the
slides. In a study of 97 academic scholars, we found that presenters indeed used
substantially more text than is advised. Speaking anxiety was found to be related to
the time spent on preparing and rehearsing, and time spent on rehearsing is related
to the number of words on the slides. Anxious presenters appear to use PowerPoint
slides as speaking notes. Presenters should be trained to overcome their speaking
anxiety by means other than the abundant use of words on their slides.
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