I recently asked a question to the KM4Dev list: Are there inspiring examples of delivering presentations without using PowerPoint? The message I received surprised me: Don’t blame the tool. Blame the speakers preparing and presenting; and blame the facilitators for not assisting the speakers in doing well.
Have a look at the second post: Options without PowerPoint.
PowerPoint apparently has some potential. The audience is happy about the visual support (especially in multilingual events); it seems that speakers need something to hang on to. How to make best use of it though? For me the minimum requirement is the formula David Gurteen defined:
To move FROM presentation + no time for Q&A TO presentation + reflection + conversation + Q&A
My new mantras
- As facilitator I will take care of the triangle speaker – audience – presentation.
- Assist the speakers presenting content. Making an input is not everybody’s business! Make them think about their audience first.
- Insist on visual aids that support the clear and well crafted key messages that stick.
- Make sure the audience is engaged during and after the input; and that the input leads to conversation. Play with the format, integrate the audience, open the space for reflection and discussion.
No more compromise
- No cheat sheet on the wall, the speaker needs to know what she/ he wants to tell.
- No PowerPoint marathon and no “sorry, no time anymore”.
- No bullet points on projected slides. And no “slideuments” as handouts (the projected slides are not necessarily the best document); make sure handouts are meaningful also after the workshop.
- KM4dev discussion: Ideas for alternative, creative ways of inputs – PPT-free workshops, summary on the Km4dev wiki
- Presentation in conversation: 2 – Options without PowerPoint
- Presenting is art – learning from an art presentation
- Your coming-out as presenter: Be the presenter and touch your audience’s mind and heart
- Making an input soon? Make it visual, respect the time, and inspire!
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