Archive for August 3rd, 2008

Don’t BORE Audiences to Death

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

PRESENTERS are KILLERS!

Death by Powerpoint? Naw…Powerpoint may be one weapon – but the KILLER is the PRESENTER. And Presenters have an ARSENAL of weapons: dull data dumps, going on way too long, speaking like they’re ordering parts for their furnace, showing the audience their best side by talking to the screen, putting up dumb Dilbert cartoons, checking their humanness at the door with their coats, hiding behind the podium, babbling pointless, irrelevant horsecrap, talking techie….need I go on? I know I don’t have to because YOU are an EXPERT at dull presentations – you’ve listened to enough of them, haven’t you?

WEAPONS OF MASS DISINTEREST. You are clobbered with them every time some dullard lights up the screen with visuals he hopes will do HIS job. You HATE WMD’s!

AND WHEN IT’S YOUR TURN TO PRESENT, YOU STILL THROW UP EVERY DAMN ONE OF THEM. Right?

If you want to be a GREAT PRESENTER, you must be distinctively different in a professional way. How can you do that? That’s what we’ll be talking about each week in my Sunday School of Speaking – The Church of Better Day Talks.

For now, a good start will be from my website, PresentationsUnplugged.com Just Copy & Paste https://presentationsunplugged.com/blog/blogformula.html into your browser’s Search Box. Here you’ll see three ‘Emergency’ ideas for a Great Presentation:

1. Slash the Details like a Drunken Pirate.

2. Memorize a strong 30 second Opening.

3. Speak Twice as Loud as You Think You Should.

And next week, I’d appreciate it if you came to my Church dressed a little better. Thank you.

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Tomorrow: Al Roker Drives Me Nuts!