I love Summify. In a time in my life right now where my time is limited in terms of how much I can comb through the various feeds that push information into my network, Summify does a lot of the work for me by delivering the most popular stories from Twitter and Facebook right into an easy app on my phone. I check it once a day and always leave the experience having learned something worthwhile.
Today was no different.
Presenting is something I have done a fair amount of over the last three or four years. For one reason or another, I’ll get up in front of a group of people, some who have paid to be there, others who are forced, and speak about a topic that was mutually agreed upon by the people who asked me to be there and myself. David Jakes is someone who I have seen do the same, and who I have paid to see speak. He wrote the other day, in “Words Matter:Presentation” about the core of what do do if you ever find yourself in the situation where you are in front of a room presenting.
Rather than go through each of the ideas he stresses, I’ll steal them outright:
- Passion, heart and soul. Believe in what you are speaking about. Let that show.
- Tell me stories. I like them, and it allows me to relate to you as a person.
- Convince me.
- Make it visual. Not clip art. Use visuals to communicate, not to decorate.
- Oh, and use some words. But no bullet lists. And avoid the global killer of using Comic Sans…
- Limit yourself. One Hour = 45 slides…or maybe just 10.
- I came to hear you. So, why exactly are you up on the stage and have the big picture in the program?
- Practice. I’ll know if you didn’t.
- Perform. Have some fun up there. Make me want to check my email later.
- Share your ideas.