Fading into Sameness: How Too Many Slides Can Ruin Your Presentation

Written by Debbie Bailey

"I have a love/hate relationship with PowerPoint. Inrepparttar right hands, it's a great presentation tool. Inrepparttar 107988 wrong hands (and unfortunately, most usage falls into this category) we are cloning generations of boring slide shows narrated by speakers we barely notice." - Debbie Bailey

Ah,repparttar 107989 good old days. For me, those wererepparttar 107990 days before PowerPoint slide shows becamerepparttar 107991 norm for virtually every business presentation given in corporate America. I fondly rememberrepparttar 107992 days when presenters spoke passionately about a subject near and dear to their heart without having to display every single thought on a slide. I reminisce back torepparttar 107993 time when 80 slides for a 20 minute presentation was NOTrepparttar 107994 norm, when presenters weren't just slide narrators, when preparing for a presentation meant more than putting together your slide show.

Now don't get me wrong, I knowrepparttar 107995 advantages of using slides, however, I also know that too much of a good thing is NOT GOOD. I subscribe to Bill Wheless' philosophy about PowerPoint "It's like alcohol inrepparttar 107996 hands of a drunk. What we need is moderation." Somehow, we must learn to use, but not abuse,repparttar 107997 positive attributes slides bring to our presentations. If we don't, we risk looking and sounding like every other boring business presenter. Worst of all, we become forgettable.

Think aboutrepparttar 107998 last presenter who strongly affected you. More than likely that presenter used very few, if any, slides. The most memorable presenters rely on their delivery style to make their point, rather than a well designed slide deck.

When I first began teaching presentation skills more than 20 years ago, I struggled to convince presenters to incorporaterepparttar 107999 use of visual aids. My howrepparttar 108000 world has changed.

Today, I have to work twice as hard to convince presenters to rely less on their slides and more on their dynamic communication skills. It's almost as if presenters believe that all it takes to deliver a successful presentation is a good slide deck. The truth is, when asked to prepare a presentation, presenters spendrepparttar 108001 vast majority of their time working on their slides, rather than their delivery style.

Consider for a moment why political candidates and presidents DON'T use slides… My guess, they don't want to divert any attention away from themselves. They understand what Roger Ailes, author ofrepparttar 108002 famous book You Arerepparttar 108003 Message has known for quite some time. "For those who want to succeed, there is only one secret. YOU ARE THE MESSAGE."

The Listening Gap Between Sight and Sound

Written by Catherine Franz

The truth is there is a gap between sight and hearing, between visual and auditory, between seeing and believing. Andrepparttar fact is that this gap creates a billion dollar industry. Improving communication has billions of books on how-tos sitting on shelves and training services galore. Andrepparttar 107987 topic keeps on selling.

People push themselves to improve their verbal and writing skills as a prediction to their increased success. How many have askedrepparttar 107988 question that Dr. Stephen Covey continually reminds us to ask, "Is it S.M.A.R.T.?" That is, is it specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. If you use SMART as a measurement,repparttar 107989 fact is, it doesn't work. Is great communication achievable and realistic? Is it SMART?

We want to believe so. We want to hope so. We want so badly to stand up in front of millions and say something as wisely as, "I have a dream...." Or simpler, we say something wise to our children or friends. Yet, have you ever asked if this was even possible? Martin Luther King didn't write this speech all by himself and possibly didn't even createrepparttar 107990 phrase first. Yet we assume it to be. Based on our personal growth with sight and sound since nee we assume we can do it all alone, all by ourselves. Has any wise communication ever really been written all by one person? Not usually. There also seems to be at least a spiritual hand.

Did you know that we see things at 1,086 miles per second and we hear at 1,100 feet per second? Our culture is speeding up because it’s crafted a "seeing is best" mindset. Television, Internet, movies,repparttar 107991 list goes on. Ifrepparttar 107992 visual world is communication, then is it based on visual alone? It seems to be going in that direction, doesn't it?

The truth is that neverrepparttar 107993 two shall meet -- seeing and hearing. They are too far apart inrepparttar 107994 spectrum. In order to hear, truly hear, one must slow down to what seems like a baby crawl in comparison torepparttar 107995 speed of light and our sight’s reflection.

Yet, it takesrepparttar 107996 two to fully understand communication does it not. Not sure, then that is correct. How wouldrepparttar 107997 visually impaired or hearing impaired communicate then?

What isrepparttar 107998 speed of feeling? Is it faster or slower than light or faster or slower than hearing? Is it measured by feet or by miles? No one knows, I don't think. Its never been quantitatively tested, at least anywhere I could find. Yet can it be? If you would measure feeling, what would that be? Maybe in nanoseconds. Feeling is instinctive and touch is a sense. Then is feeling a sense as well? Or are they bothrepparttar 107999 same? What is different between feeling and hearing? Can we define its difference?

Do you sit and watch television with a sense of touch or smell? Not at least from my blurb tube you can't. Did you ever think of hearing a television program? Of turning your back torepparttar 108000 box and watchingrepparttar 108001 show? Why not? Why not try it and feel this exact disconnect, this gap, that I'm talking about. Strain your ears to hear. Learn again what it means to hear.

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