Rehearsal - The simple word that speaks volumes for presenters
It is said that Winston Churchill invested one hour of preparation for every minute that he presented a speech in public. This week I was subjected to yet another instance of PowerPointledness. I was in the audience where a University professor presented the results of his research on best practices. Our presenter obviously did not rehearse the presentation.
His comments such as "This slide is purposely too busy for your to see all the details because it is so complex you won't understand it", and "We have to many slides here for the time tonight, so we will just flip through some of them", builds resentment in the audience.
Our presenter invested all of his time in collecting slides from previous presentations and mixing up a brew of disparate thoughts with no clear message. He seemingly invested less than 30 minutes in preparing for a 60 minute presentation - which he also exceeded due to his incessant rambling.
In this presentation, I wondered - and your audience will also think to themselves - "Why am I listening to this presenter? He is insulting me and wasting my time". Let's share the solutions to presentations like this that take place all over the world, every day, so that you can excel in your presentations.
Let's do our part to make the world of PowerPoint Presentations better again by committing to set the example. How do you overcome these issues? Through rehearsal - The simple word that speaks volumes.
Learn how to improve your presentations through rehearsal in the October 2008 Pow'Rful Presentations Newsletter.
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