Presentation slides are OK if they are well done. Just remember it’s not the slides the audience came to see…..it’s you.
More speaking this year with fewer and simpler slides. It’s interesting that I have done more speaking this year and prepared fewer and simpler slides. It’s not an accident. I have colleagues who have spoken frequently for many years. They all tell me pretty much the same thing. Keep your slides simple with few words or better yet land gigs with no slides. It’s working.
No coincidences. I also find it interesting that one of the few blog posts I found time to read yesterday was Seth Godin’s – The 200 slide solution Here I am focusing this blog on public speaking for the week and Seth jumps right in and offers us all some sage advice. If you do any presenting please take the time to go read the post.
Tried and true. I read Guy Kawasaki’s – The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint years ago. It’s still great advice. I mean you may now use Apple’s Keynote or Google Docs for your software but the concepts still apply.
Chris Brogan – Presentation or Conversation a very interesting read and perspective from Chris before he became a hugely successful keynote speaker.
The point of the links above. I have written once or twice about modeling the success of those around you. Not copying them but instead looking at what they do and applying it to the unique you. That’s why I devour the blogs of people I admire and aspire to be like.
The power of search. I “re-found” the second two links in about 30 seconds with Google. So, if you too want to learn more about public speaking try Googling the name of a public speaker you respect and add “public speaking” or “powerpoint” after their name.
Posts like this don’t generate the comment traffic a blogger likes but they have helped me land two nice speaking gigs. How do you feel about posts asking at the end to contact me if you are interested in having me speak, consult, etc.?