Don’t be afraid of the dark.
How does this quote relate to PowerPoint presentations?
When I coach my students how to use PowerPoint I demonstrate the difference between a white slide and a black slide.
Here’s one of the advantages.
Picture a white slide.
The screen is lit up, bright.
The presenter stands anchored at the side of the screen, unable to move, standing static, trapped like a fox in the headlights.
The audience on the other side of the room are not engaged, they feel they’re not part of the presentation.
“Why is he not talking to us?”
Disengaged, they reach for their mobile phones.
Does this sound familiar?
Picture a black slide.
Light has been removed.
It looks like the projector or screen has been turned off.
The presenter is free to move around the room.
Free to engage every member of the audience.
Free to exploit all the room on the stage.
“Don’t be afraid of the dark.”
The secret to looking like a PowerPoint Pro (Part 1)
It started out as just an average work week. Then, out of the blue, you’ve got to create a PowerPoint presentation.
“Noooo, I’m not a PowerPoint Pro!!!”
You’ve seen too many boring PowerPoints, you know the ones where the presenter reads from the screen?
Don’t ever do this!
You want to impress, to look like a Pro, to engage your audience. But you’re no Pro?!?!
Where do you start?
Here’s the secret, have you heard the saying “Jack of all trades, master of none”?
You just need to master a few things to look awesome.
I’m going to describe the quickest and easiest way to look like a Pro.
Part 1 starts with “condense”.
1. Write down your presentation on paper and write each important point you’re making into a single paragraph.
2. Read it out load. Yes, serious, read it out load. I guarantee you’ll make some changes.
3. Condense each paragraph into a short 1 to 3 word summary.
4. Put only 3 of those condensed summaries on each slide.
You’re on your way.
In Part 2 I have a short video that will explain exactly how to build the slides for maximum impact.
What is something everyone should be taught?
It’s Tuesday evening, I’m preparing to take the stage to deliver my speech when this thought entered my mind.
It’s taken humans eons to evolved, to become the intelligent beings of today, to create the incredible wonders that surround us. Wonders often take for granted.
The list of human achievements is astounding, from early discoveries like fire, tools and means of survival, to the arts, science and technology and ever onward towards incredible discoveries still to be made. What an incredible species we are.
However, without this skill our ancestors would have lost the ability to craft tools, there would be no vaccines, the works of Tchaikovsky might never exist.
As we enter a new era, we would not be preparing to set foot on Mars, or park a Tesla on it.
I believe the skill that has possibly had the most significant benefit in our evolution is our extraordinary ability to communicate.
The clearer you communicate, the more powerful your message, the more significant your impact and the greater you’re the chance of standing out and being heard.
What do you believe is something everyone should be taught?