New blog reviews presentations, provides insights
Creates forum by which presentations everywhere can be improved

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Now that presentations have moved from in the room to via Zoom, a new blog is providing reviews of presentations, many of which are available for public view. The Bucket List is designed to help every presenter improve her or his ability to deliver meaningful, memorable presentations by learning from the presentations of others in a structured format.

The Bucket List embraces the assumption that the only reason for bringing people together is to listen to someone share something of value.

“You can have a presentation without slides,” author Eric Bergman writes. “But you cannot have a presentation without a presenter. At its core, therefore, the effectiveness of any presentation can be measured by what makes it from the speaker’s vocal cords to the long-term memory of those in attendance.

“Once you understand that thought, it becomes evident that feeding into how people listen is the most critical presentation skill to develop.”

The Bucket List uses a scorecard to assess presentation effectiveness. Bergman developed the scorecard during more than 25 years of providing presentation skills training to thousands of clients from six continents. He has used it to provide feedback to clients and taught clients to apply the scorecard to review their own presentations and those of their peers.

The scorecard has 10 categories. Half are related to whether the presentation’s content provided meaningful value to the audience. Was the information appropriate? Was the presentation logically structured? Did the presentation use an appropriate amount of data? Was the information appropriate for the audience’s subject or technical knowledge? Was there too much information, making it difficult to listen to and absorb?

The scorecard’s remaining categories are based on the presenter’s ability to deliver that content in a memorable way. Was it a presentation or a conversation? Was the pace appropriate? Did every visual add value? Were questions answered effectively? How likely is it that the presentation would keep the audience’s attention?

Each category scores out of five, for a total possible score of fifty. From there, the presentation receives a possible rating out of five buckets. Scores are rounded up wherever and whenever possible.

No reviews will be posted for scores of less than 2.5 out of 5 buckets. However, all presenters will receive scorecards of their performance.

Bergman got the idea for The Bucket List during the COVID-19 lockdown. “I was working on a draft of One Bucket at a Time,” he says, “and I started accepting invitations to webinars and other forms of online presentations. Now that presentations are often posted online after an event, people can read the review and the suggested improvements, watch the presentation, judge for themselves, and improve their next presentation accordingly.

“The goal is to use The Bucket List as a catalyst for improving presentations everywhere. Ideally, we’ll relegate the concept of ‘Death by PowerPoint’ to the rearview mirror of history, once and for all.”

Read the first review of The Bucket List.