Humanizing the Talk Adds Interest

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard more than your share of speakers who delivered a dry, fact-loaded speech. While there’s nothing wrong with facts, of course, it does beg the question: why am I here? Just give me the report, for crying out loud, and I’ll read it for myself.  But humanizing the […]

Simple, but Powerful, Way to Organize Your Presentation

My client met with me stressed and flustered. She had the biggest presentation of her life coming up in four days. She had collected tons of research, compiled spreadsheets of financials, commissioned elaborate illustrations, and created dozens of PowerPoint slides. But, there we were just 96 hours before her big […]

Purpose Solves Many Presentation Problems

Think about some of the presentations you’ve seen that were, shall we say, less than ideal. I’m going to guess the problems fell into one of three areas: Dull delivery; Wordy wanderlust; and PowerPoint poisoning. At first blush, it’s probably not clear what these areas have in common, other than […]

Just Say No to PowerPoint

There’s actually a week in February called that: “Just Say No to PowerPoint Week.”  Really.  Initiated by a communication consultant in California, it’s her attempt to get presenters to focus on one-on-one communication instead of hiding behind the crutch that PowerPoint can be. While I can understand her thinking—PowerPoint can […]