My current work environment is academic. Which means people around me produce a hell of a lot of information. And presentations.
I would have thought their presenting and public speaking skills were very good, considering… uh uh… not quite the case. And there are many reasons for that. But I guess many people around me are actually busy undertaking their research, not spending (so) much time fine-tuning their presentation. “It only takes a few minutes to put together a presentation”, right? UH UH!!
This a real pity, because it means entire years of research can see their future use be wasted by one single badly designed, or badly delivered presentation (or both). So after thinking about this for a while, and encouraged by a couple of colleagues who wanted to get this kind of information out, I put together a presentation about what it takes to give well-designed presentations in an effective way.
There are many good presentations about how to make good presentations out there. I put some of these in the links at the end of this presentation. But I needed something combining it all for the sake of my own audience.
SO here it is – and please let me know what you think…
Oh and a disclaimer: I’m hereby presenting a beta version of this presentation so I might upload an updated version at a later time.
And with a zest of serendipity, here’s what John Stepper just blogged about on the topic of getting better at public speaking! The links are very good.
Related blog posts:
- Stop taking hostages! The ills of poor event design and facilitation
- Use quality face-to-face time for synergy, not for logorrhea