According to public speaking expert Neil Gordon, this is because most of us tend to stuff our talks full of information. You're taught to use acronyms, have steps and processes, fill your latest marketing deck with complicated charts ... and so you do.
Gordon says this is a mistake. "Most people think the reason why the most-viewed TED talks have been seen so many millions of times is because they're the most jaw-dropping, fascinating, ingenious, inspiring, or funniest talks," Gordon offers. "But it's not actually any of those things."
So what is it? What is the secret sauce?
"What they have," he says, "is a fully distilled idea that pervades the entire talk."
In other words, they have one big idea. Not several ideas. Not a list of seven ways to get more [blank] to do [blank].
No, they have one single, central, unifying theme. Gordon calls it a "silver bullet."
It is not what you say that counts, it is how you say it. So, be creative and think outside the box. It can really make a huge difference in business and in life. This short video cleverly sums it up.
PowerPoint makes you dumb. More than 70% of PowerPoint presentations are unbearable. Almost everyday, lots of people are killed by bad PowerPoint presentations. PowerPoint is evil. These remarks are so common, no need links/sources. Just google. Avoid death by PowerPoint, read Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds.
The key to great presentation is respect your audience. Keep slides simple, use large fonts and relevant photos (not clipart). Best of all, present without slides - encourage interaction, discussion and participation. I do this for some of my training programs. Participants really enjoyed the interaction (and flexibility).
Here is what NOT to do with PowerPoint, have fun ...
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