Today, I was introduced to the theories and practices of Dr. Nick Morgan. His website is called Public Words: Helping people tell their stories. Morgan is a leader and a teacher, and I’m quite surprised I hadn’t heard of him until this afternoon. Read more about him here. He is the author of two books and a number of e-books about presentation such as 2008’s Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma and 2005’s Give Your Speech, Change The World: How To Move Your Audience to Action. These are definitely on my must-read list, so I’ll write up my reviews soon.
Public Words is a tremendous website I’ll definitely be utilizing this month in my Professional Communication and Presentation class. Morgan has his website divided into categories including speech writing; nonverbal communication; visual aids; audience interaction; and types of speaking engagements such as interviews; radio/TV broadcasts; and interviews. I love the organization of Public Words; in fact, it might be the best website on presentation that I’ve ever seen.
One article called “10 Things To Do Instead of PowerPoint” was especially insightful. He’s hilarious, and absolutely right, when he says this about PowerPoint presentations: “The results are predictably boring – no, excruciating — for their hapless audiences. That’s human misery on a massive scale” (Source). Instead of using PowerPoint, he suggests that his audience try a variety of other techniques, all of which are important to keeping people listening, participating, and engaging.
I can’t wait to dive into Morgan’s work and read more of his articles and texts on the subject. What a great find!
Have you discovered any new presentation gurus lately? Please share them with me in the comments section.