Tag Archives: public speaking

Apr 29, 2010

PowerPoint – Don’t Do It This Way

If you’re going to use PowerPoint, use it in a way that accentuates what you are saying. And if you want to deliver a successful presentation, you will have to deliver compelling spoken content in a compelling way.  Therefore, the PowerPoint cannot do the talking.

PowerPoint slides can be used to accentuate humorous parts of your speech, and can help visual learners grasp statistics and trends.  However, if a topic is complicated, you’re going to have to talk us through it, or don’t bother tackling the topic in a presentation.

Here’s a recent presentation slide illustrating the current situation the United States faces in Afghanistan.  NO-NO! 

Apr 15, 2010

My Presentation On Business Use Of Twitter, Facebook, and Blogging

See the #2 video  – it’s my presentation Building Communities and Spending Time on Twitter, Facebook, and Blogs – Why Bother?” as delivered at David Siteman Garland’s RISE Lunch.

In the video, I provide my reasons for using Twitter, Facebook, and Blogging for business.  Some of the effect (and humor) is lost without the Powerpoint that was displayed on the room’s flatscreens, but hopefully you get the idea!

Apr 5, 2010

Knowledge is Power

Last week I gave a talk at David Siteman Garland’s RISE Lunch, and my subject matter was a topic that’s very near and dear to my heart.  The title of my presentation was “Building Communities With Twitter, Facebook, and Blogs – Why Bother?”  It was to be a 15 minute presentation. I threw together my Powerpoint presentation (the first one I’ve ever built, actually).

Here’s where things get weird. I don’t do alot of public speaking.  I had a friend get married in 2001 and I was Best Man, and that speech almost killed me.  I was so bloody nervous, I couldn’t even enjoy myself at the reception.  Last week, as I prepared for the speech, as the speech approached, as I sat at the lunch waiting for my turn, as people kept asking “Are you nervous? Are you nervous?” and as I delivered the speech that ran for 25 minutes……. I was not nervous.  Not at all.  What is UP with that?

Here’s the link to the podcast.

Let me know what you guys think – has anyone else had a similarly notable experience when publicly speaking?