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The Harry Potter Approach to Presentations

March 5, 2015

What can we learn from Harry Potter about better presentations?

One simple rule:  Like magic, PowerPoint is powerful, and to do good it has to be used properly.

Let me explain.

Like the magic in Harry Potter, PowerPoint is a powerful tool.  And the ease of using PowerPoint sometimes makes us forget what we are creating.

And the language we use to describe A Presentation makes us forget how we are going to communicate using the materials that PowerPoint produces.

 

Book, Movie or Script?

When you talk about creating a presentation, are you always clear what you are making?  For example, is it a document to be read at a desk, or is it a document to be shown, or are they notes to help you remember what to say?

These three uses are as different as Harry Potter the book, Harry Potter the movie and Harry Potter the film script.

They all have the same characters; they all have the same story. but they are all completely different.

HarryPotterPresentations

So that you do not fall into this trap, we suggest changing the language you use in your firm:

 

Words to be Banned

We suggest  you forbid the use of the following:

– Presentation

– Slide

– Deck

 

 Words to be Adopted

Instead,  use the following more useful words:

– Visual Aid

– Handout

– Speaker’s Notes

 

This simple change can transform the clarity of your communication and help you avoid Death by PowerPoint.

As Albus Dumbledore said:

“The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with caution”

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