Act like your bored and your audience will zone out.
I gave a powerpoint in Orlando just recently. Most of my slides were
images, and I was the most animated character in the room -- not what was
on the screen. I jumped, ran up and down the stage, raised my voice,
lowered my voice, made jokes (mostly about myself), and acted like I
I am the actor. I am on stage. I am leading the troops, I am rallying
them, to DO SOMETHING.
A powerpoint presentation is secondary. It is your notes as the
presenter. It is not as interesting as you.
Get out from behind the podium, step out into the audience and stand in
front of people and ask them what they think. Ask them to explain
Tell them what you think and personalize the information.
I was fortunate to have on the same agenda was the COL of the state police
who investigated Virginia Tech.
He was speaking of the investigation he headed up by order of the
governor. He did not jump up and down, raise his voice, or make jokes.
The subject was too serious. But the information he presented was
personalized from his point of view. he gave his opinion, he explained
the why and the how. No one questioned his opinion because of the
gravitas of the subject matter, but no one doubted that he cared.
One a clown...(me), one serious and to the point...but both caring about
the subject. Both will be remembered.
Lt Col Robert F Cain
US Army Reserve
Reposted as areminder for the remainder of the term...
First posted January 11, 2010