Is Powerpoint Painful?

“PowerPoint is painful.”

Max Zaklow-Leepson

I’ve written about the pros and cons of using PowerPoint to present information. The blogs are:

Part 1 PowerPoint: What’s the Point?

And

Part 2 PowerPoint: Making the most out of your presentations

Instead of pontificating about why PowerPoint is fraught with misleading and irrelevant information, I’m just going to quote Steve Jobs:

“It’s the story, not the slides that will capture the imagination of your audience”

That says it all.

Here’s one important resource to read: Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Pitching Corrupts Within

Have fun using PowerPoint.

Learn Something New Every Day

You’ll be interested in four practical courses I created to help you advance your career. These are short lessons that arrive in your email.  They are published on the Daily Bits Of website.

Here’s what the folks at Daily Bits of have to say:

“Daily Bits Of is a service for people who love learning. People whose curiosity never ends, who see gaining knowledge as an ongoing process and who believe they can acquire any skill they might need to handle work and life’s challenges.

We know that finding time for learning can be difficult. We buy books that pile up, save articles that remain unread and rarely have time for that online course we’ve been longing to take. This is why we created Daily Bits Of as a tool to help people create a daily habit of learning something new.”

Taking the Fear Out of Public Speaking

The Art of Listening

Preventing Marketing Paralysis

 

I hope you enjoy these courses.

Source material has been taken from my book Critical Connections – The Step-by-Step Guide to Transform Your Business Through Referral Marketing

Snakes, Spiders and Public Speaking

Are you afraid of spiders? Snakes? Heights? How about fear of speaking in public? Fear of public speaking, better known as ‘stage fright ’is one of the most common fears people experience.

At some time in your life, you’ll probably be asked to speak in public. Are you getting anxious just thinking about it?

Whether you’re giving a toast at a wedding, conducting a business meeting or speaking to a large audience at a social event, you’ll want to be prepared to do your best.

Let’s start with the worse possible thing you can do to overcome your fear of public speaking. It’s diving head first into the situation without preparation. This way of dealing with your fear is guaranteed not to work. However, for some people, it works, but for most of us, it doesn’t. Prepare, prepare, prepare.

There are better ways to overcome your fear of public speaking.

As soon as you are asked to give a speech, you should determine if the topic you are asked to speak about would take the form of a motivational or educational speech. A motivational speech inspires the audience to make some kind of change in their life. An educational speech could be on a wide range of topics from politics to baseball.

After you determine what type of speech you’ll be giving, start planning the details.

Key Point: Your audience wants one thing and one thing only. They want to know ‘what’s in it for me?” If your speech does not meet your audience’s needs, your time will be wasted.

Before you start writing your speech, use a planning checklist and ask yourself the following:

  1. Is my speech motivational or educational or a combination of both?
  2. What’s the goal of my speech?
  3. Is the title of my speech compelling and address the needs of my audience?
  4. What is one action item I want my audience to take away

Answer these questions and you’re on your way to reducing or eliminating your fear of public speaking.

Click HERE  to learn more about over coming fears that prevent you from transforming your business.