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Storytelling in presentations

Yesterday evening, I was fortunate enough to go to a wonderful presentation by a man called Garr Reynolds – renowned famous, umm, presentation-giving guy.

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Garr has written a number of books on the subject of making and delivering presentations, which he calls Presentation Zen.  He has also written a number of books on the subject.

Garr encouraged us all to forget what we knew about giving and writing presentations:

  • putting bullet points on slides
  • reading/expanding on said bullet points
  • (eg the slide has 4 bullet points, you are a good presenter and know you are not supposed to just read what is on the slide, so in your notes you write 8 bullet points to read)

And to go back to basics – plan away from the computer and to make sure we tell a story with accompanying, visual imagery.

To make messages “sticky” you can use emotion, unexpectedness (this can be done through contrast – a big image with a small one, a coloured image next to a non coloured image).

What is the story you want to get across? Simplify!
Your story should have some character building at the beginning so we can sympathise, get involved and concerned; then a problem or obstacle, and finally a resolution/solution.

We have a departmental meeting at the start of November when I had planned to speak anyway about the fact that despite the major changes in the team, yes we were still here, and yes we were still doing some work and these were the projects we would be working on.

So after this talk, I lay in bed wide awake thinking, and have pretty much got the whole presentation planned out; I even now what I need to get photos of to add some of this visual impact to my story, rather than using a bullet point list of the projects we are working on.  I will report back as to how it goes, but I am pretty excited about it!

Oh, and I also have subscribed to Garr’s RSS feed to, linking back to Thing 7!


23 Things – Thing 7 RSS

Lots of things this week!  Number seven is RSS feeds.

The task is to set one up (which I think I have done now, see the left-hand side of the page somewhere) and then subscribe to a couple.  I managed to find a couple of participants who have RSS feeds and I subscribed via my browser – now when I go to favourites, I can look at feeds or pages.

Do I like them?  Well; the blogs I am really interested in, I subscribe by email, so I get an email whenever things change or a post is added – so what does an RSS feed give me?  Well, I suppose it allows me to check when I want to – say I have a spare half hour and I think “Ok, let’s look at all my feeds” and then I can just look at all the new stuff when I am ready.  The view is quite attractive – no navigating to the individual pages for the new posts, I can just scroll and read – useful if I have missed a few posts and want to catch up all at once.

Will I continue to use them?  I am not sure at the moment – but perhaps I haven’t yet found the right sites!