26/Mar/21 Filed in: PowerPoint | Visual aids | Communication effectiveness | Leadership | Other media
This review of One Bucket at a Time, by Jay Robb of The Hamilton Spectator, makes says that “there’s only one good reason to bring us together for a meeting on Zoom or in a room.
“Showing us PowerPoint decks isn’t it.”
He concludes with: “Many of us are closing in on our first anniversary of working from home. One way to combat Zoom fatigue is to have a little less information and a little more conversation in 2021. Bergman can help make that happen.”
Click this link to read Jay Robb’s full review of One Bucket at a Time, which is available from Amazon, Kindle and Apple Books.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, of Conan and Terminator fame, makes an impassioned plea for calm after the insurrection at the US Capitol in January 2021.
He makes interesting use of a visual aid to support his message. If you watch the video, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever forget his plea or the visual aid he used to support it.
This article in Forbes magazine suggests that presenters should stop using powerpoint because it may damage a brand.
Citing a study at Harvard, the author points out that in a business scenario, PowerPoint was rated as no better than verbal presentations with no visual aids.
The author says that research found “a more engaging and enjoyable experience for an audience with an oral presentation’s total lack of visual aids.”
By simply not showing slides, research has shown that communication effectiveness can improve by twenty per cent to thirty per cent.
Read the article.
The Presenter’s Toolbox provides a step-by-step guide to developing clear, compelling content for any speech, lecture or presentation.
The Toolbox quickly and efficiently guides you through a critical thinking process. You’ll answer a number of questions and fill in some blanks. By the time you reach tool number nine, the basic presentation framework, you’ll be able to clearly define your entire presentation in six to eight sentences. Your story for that audience will have a clear beginning, middle and end.
Additional tools will guide you through expanding that story to fit the time frame available. You won’t over-prepare. And there is also guidance on ensuring that slides, if necessary, won’t interfere with what you say to the audience.
As you apply the tools, you’ll be guided by a case study, which is based on the need for a new barking dog bylaw in a local municipality. The bylaw enforcement team is preparing a presentation to municipal council with the goal of gaining support to proceed to the next stage of the bylaw development process.
As you work through these tools, and with guidance from the barking dog case, you’ll discover that your content almost develops itself.
The Presenter’s Toolbox is available from Amazon, Kindle and Apple Books.