public speaking

How to build a slide deck in PowerPoint that isn’t god awful

"Oooh! A PowerPoint Presentation!"

— No one ever

Nobody likes a slide show. I don't even have to back that assertion up with evidence. It's a universal truth — like saying "the sky is blue", "the grass is green" or "The Mummy with Tom Cruise is the worst movie ever made." And if you haven't seen The Mummy reboot, I just saved you and you should be grateful.

It's as if there is some unwritten rule that says: if you do a PowerPoint presentation, it has to be measurably boring on a physical level.

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My Talk Writing Process

Some people have a talk-preparation process that is super organized and runs like a well-oiled machine. Mine, on the other hand, is a bit messy, but it works for me. Even when the end talk is polished and put together, it doesn’t mean the whole process to get there was the same way.

When putting together a new talk recently, I noticed there was most definitely a pattern to how my talks take shape. Here’s how the talk-making process goes for me

Demystifying Public Speaking

A new book by Lara Hogan includes some of my favorite advice about public speaking:

As you stand on the stage, remember: your audience is anticipating you’ll be successful at giving this talk. To them, everything has been well thought-out and prepared; they walk in assuming (rightly!) they’re going to learn something new or be inspired...and you’re the person who’ll show them how.

More, they want you to be successful and are quite forgiving. In my experience, you only lose them once you disrespect them (e.g. "Sorry if I'm not very prepared, I wrote this on the flight over here." annnnnd you've lost me.)

Hey while you're over at the A Book Apart store buying this, I heard this one is good.

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