Keep technology in its place

“The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.” Edward R. Murrow The media is there to support you and your message in a presentation – it will NOT do the job for you. Your audience does not just want to hear what you have to say and look at your PowerPoint slides – they also want to get a feel for who YOU are. The presenter who relies on overloaded slides, complicated visual support and confusing special effects is placing the technology in the spotlight and not the person. Here are our top ten, simple to apply tips that will enable you to make a real connection to your audiences AND use technology the right way: 1. Feel comfortable with equipment: check out and test BEFORE the presentation starts so that you can control the technology (and not the other way round). 2. Keep slides simple (less is definitely more): hold attention with one main message per slide, a cohesive graphic style, some visual variety and a few simple transition and animation effects. 3. Plan to use a media mix: combine hi-tech with low-tech by occasional use of a flipchart or white board to answer questions or emphasise an important point. 4. Practice the opening: get off to a good start by knowing exactly what you want to say at the beginning and deliver the first few sentences confidently WITHOUT slides. 5. Let them see you: deliver your...