In 2008, a colleague and I set out to make it our mission to rid this world of bad PowerPoint presentations. Remember the consequences: every time you make a bad PowerPoint presentation -- God (all of them) kills a kitten.
After years of speaking to groups of all sizes, I still do not think I have it down completely. I had to really think hard, therefore, when a friend asked me recently how I gave such good talks and if I would mind sharing my "secrets."
If you're looking for a way to get your presentation to stand out and really captivate your audience, look to the video. Not only are videos easy to publish inside of PowerPoint, but they can deliver results.
I used to have a preacher who was so bad that the only way I could get through his sermons was to rewrite them in my head. Here are three main reasons most presentations are terrible -- and how to fix them.
"Meaning" had been expunged from mainstream scholarship for some time. Those attempts -- to take it out of research -- have been, in fact, counter-productive: meaning is very much at the center of the human experience.
You are trying to convey the tricky mixture of spontaneity, authority, and audience contact, and to do that you have to be able to concentrate on the audience and their reaction, rather than on finding the right word or phrase.