Seth Godin remembers the crushing effect of bad PowerPoint presentations and the transformation that a great presentation can work:
The scourge of Powerpoint continues to spread throughout the land. In offices everywhere, people roll out their decks, click through their bullet points and bore all of us to tears.
Worst of all, important projects don’t get done.
All of us have been changed by a great presentation. Perhaps it was a TED talk that delivered a message that we just can’t forget. Or it was a brand manager who brought humanity and insight to a new project and got funded on the spot. Or maybe it was a professional fundraiser who sat across the desk from you and delivered a Keynote presentation that caused you to make a donation that saved lives, built a school or wove our community just a bit more tightly…
Godin’s been on a campaign against bad presentations for some time, and makes this tempting offer:
I think the problem has gotten worse, because now we expect the passive voice and have created a safe place to hide in plain sight, in the conference room or behind the lecturn.
I’m hoping you and your team will consider my short new course on a different way to use this tool, a way to bring a point of view and an active voice to presentations. 45 minutes that might change your work. For the rest of February 2017, it’s only $14.
If it’s worth presenting, it’s worth making change happen.