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Watch Those Typos

Having a typographical error, or typo, on a slide is not only embarrassing but distracting as well. Although some audiences may tolerate minor speaking blunders, very few, if any, will forgive spelling errors. Yes, we all make mistakes, but first impressions of printed errors leave many viewers unhappy.

Typos make you appear unprepared and uncaring to the audience. People may perceive you as not having full knowledge of your subject, and the typos may cause viewers to lose their focus. In fact, the audience may even start “looking” for more typos instead of paying attention to you.

Obviously, the best way to avoid typos is to proofread your slides. Don’t depend solely on a software “spell checker” since its “dictionary” may be limited. Try this perception test.

In the image shown here, read the words in either of the triangles. Now, read the words BACKWARD, one word at a time. Did you notice anything different?

There is an extra word in each triangle, but, at first glance, you may not have noticed the “typos”. This is because you likely heard the phrases before and figured that you didn’t have to concentrate on each word to understand the message.

If you proofread your slide content BACKWARDS, you will be forced to focus on each individual word, and you will be more likely to spot an error, because the phrase will not make any sense when read in reverse. 

However sometimes, no matter how many typos there are in the text, you can still understand the message.

See if you can read the text below.


Aoccdrnig to rsceearh at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.

The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the entrie wrod as a wlohe.

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod atlcualy uesdnatnrd waht I was rdeanig!

Amzanig ins’t it?

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