@ffolliet would be proud…(2)

More pride as more friends and colleagues make better and better presentations and suggest that I am at least partly catalytic in the process. I do keep encouraging them that it is their own decision to make the move towards better presentations.

All this only serves to remind me that when I started on this path, the thing I sought initially to develop was simply the slides (p2): slides were boring and there had to be a better way to support a presentation. Even when encouraging others in the beginning I found the direction of encouragement was principally around the reduction of text in slides. And that is a great place to start. But it is not the direction of travel.

If you consider a presentation you have delivered and look to reduce the amount of text in the slides as a means of improvement, you will start to notice dramatic changes in the nature of your presentation. Our various guest posts have highlighted this. There is greater freedom to talk, more engagement with the audience and actually, liberated from the rigidity of a script on the wall behind you there is more opportunity to share and to tell stories.

What would make me most proud however is for colleagues to reconsider how they actually construct their presentations as a whole. Rather than deconstructing a powerpoint (p2), my pride would swell to hear of colleagues constructing an arc to their story (p1), building a narrative that moves their audience, structuring this to move their audience and learning to communicate so that overall the presentation would be effective (p cubed).

That would make me even more proud.

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