#1 piece of advice for all presenters: know your presentation by heart.
I’ve been to four different conferences in the past three
weeks. I’ve seen a lot of presentations – a few good and many that could use some help. All the presentations I saw could be fixed with one best practice:
Know how to tell your story without your slides.
I recommend writing your talk first. Practice it. Then
figure out what the major points are. Practice again with just one main point
on a slide. Then fill out your slides. Then practice again without slides. Your
presentation will be a 100% better, you’ll survive computer failures and you
won’t commit many errors like looking at your slides, reading your slides, … or the worst, not being able to give your presentation when the projector or your computer won’t work.
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The number of presentations that have come crashing down because all the speaker had to say was on the slides is amazing. And, yet story telling is supposed to be a natural art. In any story there are supposed to be anchor points and narration weaves those points into a ‘presentation’. I don’t know for sure, but a large part of speaker-choke-due-to-faulty-projector is perhaps based on an over-loading of the term ‘presentation’ and psyching themselves out.
Take a look at what this guy has to say.
He’s no Steve Jobs but it doesn’t make it wrong…
An excellent presentation on presentation style can be found at http://www.slideshare.net/ethos3/storytelling-101 (audio sync is not perfect, but it’s fine).
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