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Tips on Using a Pointer

Laser pointers are needed only rarely, and yet they tend to be overused. When you do need to use one, remember:

Don’t try to point with it if your hand is trembling. Instead, briefly circle the part of the graph or drawing you want the audience to focus on, and then put the pointer down.

Pointers are not needed on text slides since you can refer to each point by an item or number. Pointers should only be used to make a quick visual reference on a graphic slide, or to trace the relationship of data on a graph.

Keep your body oriented toward the audience. Do not cross your arm over your body to refer to something on the screen. Instead, hold the pointer in the hand closest to the screen.

If you are using an overhead projector don’t leave a pen, pencil, or other type of pointer on top of the machine as a pointer. This can be very distracting.


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