I attended a presentation about giving presentations today, sponsored by Brainshark and featuring Carmen Taran from Rexi Media. Lots of good advice, but I wanted to share the one key takeaway I got from this that I think can be applicable to everybody....because that's the thing isn't it? We would all love to be able to simply throw up and image that is compelling and thought provoking, and then riff on it -- allowing our audience to create their own links to what we are talking about. But sometimes that just isn't possible. So my one key takeaway for everyone, regardless of their experience or comfort level speaking in front of an audience...
Look at your slides in "sorter" mode where you see them all next to each other. Does every slide look exactly the same?
If every slide looks the same from the mile high view, it's not going to be all that better when you get close up. Make sure there is some variety in there, offering your audience a little shock to the system every now and then.
Now about that haiku....did you know I was an award-winning poet? I won a copy of Carmen Taran's book, Better Beginnings, for my poem on powerpoint...
So many words here
Is he really reading this?
I could have done that