7 Sexy Slides You Must See!

present

I know you’ve done it. I’ll grant you, probably with a little trepidation and maybe a touch of guilt. You’ve landed on a website and clicked the link that promises “7 photos of naked celebrities you don’t want to miss!” The lists abound these days and they always seem to have an arbitrary number that suggests they are exclusive — like there really are only 7 naked celebrities you want to see. The 8th was most likely going to be Harvey Keitel, and we’ve all seen that one quite enough, thank you. Of course 6 would not have been enough, because they’d have had to cut Jennifer Aniston, and really isn’t that the reason we clicked it in the first place?

So, you see, these numbers are absolute. There really are 24 overweight celebrities who need’t take another bite, and there are 15 celebrities that look exactly like another celebrity!

Actually… there are 30 of those.

Anyway, when you’re done googling the two lists I just referred to, I’ve decided to capitalize on this age of list sharing and bring to you something special. It’s special, because it’s not about the rich, famous and fat. It’s about you.

I know you have what it takes to be a great presenter, and I’ve put together some slides to demonstrate this fact. Now, I did have the help of one particular celebrity — a little girl that is well known around Riverside in Toronto. She’s my Boston Terrier. She’s Luna, the Tuna. Luna would like to demonstrate to you 7 reasons why you are a strong presenter.

Show Me You Love Me

DSC02360

It really doesn’t matter how many times you tell me — you can say it over and over again — it won’t make any difference. You need to show me you love me. You need to prove it.

Valentines Day is the perfect time, not just to treat your lover to a fresh bunch of flowers that will just wither and die, but to practice the old adage… show, don’t tell.

This is something I learned in theatre school. Exposition is boring and it doesn’t tell the real story. For example, shouting “I love you” as you walk out the door and head on down to the pub for a beer will not exactly resonate as a show of affection. Whereas, perhaps, tying your girlfriend down with silk ribbons and lathering her with liquid chocolate and then…

Okay just forget I said that. You get the picture.

Or do you? If you do, it’s only because I used an example that appeals to your senses. It’s visual, and tactile. It shows, doesn’t tell. Whether expressing your deep burning love for your partner, or trying to convince a client that you really do care, this is a very important principle. It matters, both in the bedroom and in the boardroom. Just be careful not to mix them up…

And by the way, if you’re trying to win my affection, nothing quite says “I love you” like a vodka martini.

Winning Made Easy

My favourite moment in yesterday’s otherwise “dullfest” of a Super Bowl, was the broadcaster’s quote:

I know it’s only the first quarter, but take a look at this pie chart!

Because, who doesn’t want to look at a pie chart in the middle of a football game? Still, the chart did have a purpose — it was to show you that one team was clearly getting a larger slice of the plays, and the other was bound for an empty-crust defeat.

It occurred to me, that coaches of sports teams must become great presenters if they have any hope of success. The ability to convince a group of overpaid (and vastly overfed) NFL stars that your way is the best way — the team’s best chance of winning — is not easily come by. The locker room, like the boardroom, is a battleground of persuasion. For example, here we see that the O’s have the clear advantage over the X’s, as they understand their roles and what they are supposed to do. The X’s are just standing there… wondering why they don’t get any pie.

Defense-Play-Football

My advice when talking strategy — keep it simple. Overcomplicating a plan will lead to fumbles, incomplete passes, and a lot of people tripping over each other. If you’re using slides to demonstrate your strategy, sometimes a minimalist approach will help clear away the confusion and keep people focused on the task at hand.

And with that, I give you my personal strategy to win at football, one we will no doubt see deployed at Super Bowl LI.

Untitled.001

 

Change the World

Imagine walking into an empty boardroom, and it looks like this…

shutterstock_113826859

You’re the first person to arrive at a meeting, and a projector is set up, so you know there is going to be a presentation. You can sit wherever you want, but you’ll have to wait for the others to arrive.

At this moment… how do you feel?

I posed this question to a group of public servants in one of my recent presentations. The responses I got were not at all surprising:

Dread

Annoyed

Bored (and the presentation hadn’t even begun!)

And of course, “Why am I here?”

I was quick to say that I feel the same way, almost every time. I’ve sat through countless presentations wishing someone would stab me in the throat, and that’s time I’ll never get back. And that’s sad.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

The presentation I was giving that day was a call to action, a dramatically expressed idea that we can change the world we live in, one presentation at a time. Each and every presentation is an opportunity to inspire and to incite change — to convince a willing audience that things do not have to remain the way they are, they can get better. All we need do is invest a little time… and a little passion.

I now see a blank screen as an empty stage where, with a touch of imagination, wondrous things can happen. And, yes, some people are gifted public speakers while others practically faint when in front of three people. But the great thing is, when presenting your own material, it doesn’t matter because the best presentations are suited to our own personal styles. Taking the time to create visually persuasive slides, and rehearsing the delivery of your presentation, can make the difference between an inspired audience and a group of conspirators plotting your murder.

One of the world’s greatest presenters and teachers, Nancy Duarte, says:

Passion for your idea should drive you to invest in its communication.

This is the main reason I’ve started this blog, so that I can share my passion for presentations that pop, that resonate, that inspire, and to do what I can to help others think beyond the bullets and the text-ridden slides and create presentations that change the world.

Bring those blank screens and those empty boardrooms to life — and make your space — any space — pop.