Wednesday, February 8, 2017

PowerPoint is Boring! Present Well

"PowerPoint is boring. Experience is the best teacher."
-Dwight Schrute, The Office


I've been enjoying the 
TEDTalk playlist: Before Public Speaking...

Among many treasured take-aways and growth challenges, I'm borrowing one simple point from this playlist to expand on in this post.  Here it is:

For all the time one spends preparing the content he/she will present,
they rarely give equal weight in time and preparation to how they will present
(voice, body language, pacing, etc.).

With this in mind, here are my challenges to you:

  • Use Google slides only for pacing and/or engagement.
    • Utilize videos, large images, and keywords... never lengthy text.
  • Incorporate compelling but concise stories to help your audience connect.
  • Ask intentional questions.
  • Record yourself doing a run-through before and/or during the live presentation, then reflect, adjust, and grow.

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