I need your Presentation Experience

So here’s the thing – I have, as it turns out, two slightly unexpected weeks free (before I start a new and exciting job) and I thought ‘why not write a book?’ – and why not indeed.

But that isn’t too long so I then decided a) I would write a book where I had a lot of the material already and b) I would go and get some help from all the ‘Lazy PM’ fans out there in the world (see, ‘productive laziness’ in action).

I decided to write a small book based on my very popular ‘A Presentation on Presentations’ – as the blurb says ‘We aren’t born to be professional level presenters but through this entertaining presentation the ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ of good presentations are explored along with a ‘how to prepare’ for that all important event. With a few simple lessons taught through the very medium of ‘presentation’ the audience will take away some great ideas for improving their own technique and ‘death by PowerPoint’ is definitely not the outcome’.

And this is where I need your help.

I need your stories of presentation experience – the good, the bad, and the really ugly. I need your top tips for what makes a great presentation. I need anything that you feel would add to the value of this book to help other people deliver better presentations in the future – hey, you might be in the audience so it is really in your own best interests.

If it is a top tip leave your name and the tip in reply to this post, in the comment box – or if it is a longer story then contact me and I will let you have my email to send me your story/experience that way.

But I am moving fast – the book will be done by 14th January so if you want to share, then share today!

Thank you – Peter

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7 Responses to “I need your Presentation Experience”

  1. aasbrenn2 Says:

    Never use smaller font size than the age of the oldest person in the audience.

  2. Heather Webber Says:

    Hi Peter, based on my own reaction to poor presentations, here are my tips:

    1. Simple and clean slides – do not clutter too much on one… break it into two slides if it’s too busy 2. Clear language – don’t use jargon unless you are talking solely to a group who uses that jargon, and even then reduce it to a minimum 3. Speak clearly and at a reasonable listening pace – don’t rush through and DO NOT just read the slide

    Good luck with the book! Heather Webber

    On 29 December 2017 at 09:24, The Lazy Project Manager’s Blog wrote:

    > thelazyprojectmanager posted: “So here’s the thing – I have, as it turn > out, two slightly unexpected weeks free (before I start a new and exciting > job) and I thought ‘why not write a book?’ – and why not indeed. But that > isn’t too long so I then decided a) I would write a book where I” >

  3. MK Beduhn Says:

    1) Be clear about what your message is, and
    2) Be direct with any “asks” in your presentation

  4. tcagley Says:

    Remember that slides are not the same thing as a handout. Also, do not distribute the slides before the presentation.

  5. April Diehl Says:

    1. Slides are bullet points, don’t put too much information on the slide (that should be on the handout)
    2. DON’T READ THE SLIDE!! Quickest way to lose an audience. When you start reading the slide, their eyes roll to the back of their head.
    3. Animation and graphics. These should only be used to demonstrate the point or highlight information. Simple entrance animation is good but you don’t need the words to literally dance on to and off the of screen.

  6. Tina Wisler Says:

    tell them what you are going to tell them; tell them; tell them what you told them. Execs are usually the audience for presentations. They have a short attention span. Use pictures/graphs. The fewer slides/words the better. If you can’t explain the concept in less than 10 slides then you probably don’t know what you are talking about and they won’t either.

  7. Jeremy Silva Says:

    A recent steel conference hired a professional illustrator to draw during the presentation. Check out a photo on the December 2017 edition of Modern Steel Construction page 66, available for free online.
    http://digitaleditions.walsworthprintgroup.com/publication/?i=461281#{“issue_id”:”453364″,”page”:68}

    Lean presentation. Be clear about the purpose of the presentation and leave out the fluff. Example Paul Akers from Fastcap has great presentations on YouTube and his website with a simple goal to help you see waste.

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