For the past two weeks, I’ve spent most of my time reading potential books to replace our Public Speaking textbook. This morning, I was finally able to catch up on my blog and article reading.
In honor of Halloween, Nancy Duarte’s team released another Duarte.com/edy sketch on “Frankenslides.” I cannot tell you how many people I’ve seen do this… obviously unsuccessfully. It’s a terrible idea to grab bits and pieces of a lot of different PowerPoint presentations, throw them all together, and present that as a cohesive unit. This approach doesn’t work because the slides weren’t organized or developed as one presentation.
I’ve also recently seen a presenter try to speak using content created by Person A and slides created by Person B. It was messy. If you didn’t develop the content, and if you didn’t develop the slides, you’re relying on your delivery alone to get you through the presentation. It never ends well because, as we know, a presentation is a three-legged stool that must have successful content, slides, AND delivery.
I am a big fan of Make A Powerful Point‘s Gavin McMahon. His most recent article is called “Framing: The Secret to a Better Presentation.” I loved this read. McMahon says, “framing is critical to your presentation, conversation or message” (Source). He talks about considering the current “frame” around an issue you are presenting and then reframing that issue so that you can call your audience to action… It’s an interesting take on persuasion, and I think it works. McMahon also gives us a tool to do this: to work to reframe (Source). The T-Leaf would be a great exercise in my class when working on developing a persuasive speech.
Last, but not least, are my favorites at Ethos3. “Great Presenters Have Their Own Point Of View” echoes McMahon’s ideas about reframing an idea to present it to an audience. The folks at Ethos3 consider late night TV talkshows and argue that while there are many different ways to host a late night show, a crucial element is to put your own personal spin on things (Source). That unique spin, that reframing, is the essence of a good presentation. Are you going to present information like everyone else? Then sit down! You’re wasting your audience’s time. Ethos3 asserts, “The unforgivable sin in late night television, and in presentations, is to have a forgettable perspective on things” (Source). How do you work to reframe a presentation so that it shows off your unique point of view?
What great things have you been reading this week?