I’ve asked myself many times – how should I present that next big proposal? It’s a tough question to answer, isn’t it? I guess a lot of it depends on who you are presenting to. But I also think that presentations can be dry and long-winded, and just plain boring.
I’ve done my fair share of presentations from college to career and I think there’s one universal truth to keep in mind when giving presentations – be YOU!!! It’s so easy to say hey, let’s just repurpose that last presentation and spin it so it’s not exactly the same. Just copy another Google presentation and change some of the text on the slides so that it’s tailored (a little more) to this presentation we’re giving. But it’s still generic!
I’m a firm believer in telling stories. Why, you ask? Because stories stick, that’s right, they stick! People hold on to stories, they relate to stories. Stories are how we’ve been handed down life lessons from generation to generation. There’s this great book called Weekend Language, and it’s all about doing away with power points (because we all know they’re totally awesome, not!) and working on your narrative.
Bullet points, a lot of bullet points kinda suck. Would you want to sit there and listen to someone just regurgitating the bullet points on a slide? Probably not! I also understand that they’re necessary, sometimes people want to see that information and we can’t always tell stories. So, my advice is to find that happy-medium. Maybe start off with a story or anecdote, then move into some data points or statistics about whatever you’re trying to get across. There’s many different ways to approach a possible presentation. Preface it by saying, “hey guys, we don’t want this to be boring for you, but there’s some slides in here we have to go through. We’ll try and make it as painless as possible.” That way you’ve built a rapport, you’ve kept it open, and just let them know to interrupt at any time to clarify something, or ask a question.
Processes like these are the best way to ensure you make a good presentation and the people sitting on the other end are receptive. Best of luck, I actually have a presentation in about 2 hours. I got my narrative, but my slides could be better, lol! Hey, if you get a chance, check out Prezi, it’s a cool way to present things, but it also has to be done in the correct way. There’s a lot of animation in Prezi, so sometimes people can feel like they get a little sea sick. But check out these really cool Prezi presentations, hope you enjoy, and explore!