Presentation Masterclass

Life­Hack has just star­ted what I hope will become an inform­at­ive and use­ful series entitled Present­a­tion Mas­ter­class, cour­tesy of Row­an Man­a­han.

Audi­ences are so deluged with advert­ising mes­sages and radio jingles, with phone calls, voice­mail, email, SMS and IM, with… stuff in their per­son­al lives that unless you, the presenter, are wow­ing them with every word, you will lose their atten­tion in a mat­ter of seconds.

I am always striv­ing to improve my pub­lic speak­ing and my present­a­tion style, so this series is a wel­come addi­tion. I just hope it con­tin­ues to be as good as the intro­duct­ory art­icle.

As a start­ing point, I recom­mend some detox to clear your body and mind from a life­time of expos­ure to sucky present­a­tions. I strongly recom­mend that you expose your­self to some great presenters:

  • Check out Seth God­in, Tom Peters, Guy Kawa­saki, Steve Jobs, and Dick Hardt on You­Tube.
  • Have a look at some of the wiz­ards on TED.com – Rives, Hans Rosling, Barnett Thomas, Lawrence Lessig and Ken Robin­son all stand out, but there are reams more on this invalu­able resource.
  • Go over to Com­mon Craft and have a look at their ‘plain Eng­lish’ tutori­als on aspects of Web 2.0

The one com­mon theme that emerges from this tre­mend­ous diversity of presenters, top­ics and styles is RESPECT. By every word and deed, they demon­strate abso­lute respect for both their audi­ences and them­selves.

1 thought on “Presentation Masterclass

  1. Andrew Smith

    Good link. Bad power point present­a­tions really piss me off. Even if you’re con­fid­ent and inter­est­ing, a bad slide set can ruin a present­a­tion. If the presenter uses slides as a prompt for the speech, or puts more than ten words a slide then I start to get really annoyed.

    You should also check out this blog: http://www.presentationzen.com. I’m a reg­u­lar read­er and recently brought his book (which I also recom­mend).

    I’ve got a del.icio.us tag for good present­a­tions and deliv­ery which you may or may not want to check out: http://del.icio.us/andrewpmsmith/presentations

    And finally, why does World­Press make the mes­sage box so small by default?

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