I frequently find myself presenting using slides and always feel like I am not doing as good a job as can be done. I am very interested in effective presentation methods. Seth Godin has periodically written about the topic and here's his latest. I have never seen him speak but understand that he's quite a good deliverer of ideas. His rules:
- Don't use Powerpoint at all.
- Use your own font.
- Tell the truth.
- Pay by the word.
- Get a remote.
- Use a microphone.
- Check to make sure you brought your big idea with you.
- Too breathtaking to take notes.
For me, the most critical point is the last one. Almost all presentations I listen to seem too long. People must feel they are making a stronger point if they keep repeating it.
Guy Kawasaki, whose presentations I have seen, also has good posts on the issue.
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You should not miss the presentation Zen.. Garr writes a good blog with excellent insights about presentations.
Many people try being a presenter before a speaker. Delivering a technical, demo or a pitching presentation is no excuse for that. In my case, I recommend anyone who wants to improve his speaking skills to join a local Toastmasters Club, and practice in a controlled environment.
Totally agree with the above points. but this format plays better to big idea/vision kinds of talks. I still have a problem with data-heavy presentations… there has to be better ways to visualize large amounts of information than those Excel-driven charts.