how to be a better public speaker

Create Better Presentations – the Harry Potter Way

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.

Create Better Presentations

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

 

Words you should Ban from your organisation

We suggest  you forbid the use of the following:

– Presentation

– Slide

– Deck

 

 Words you should Adopt instead

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”

Start your journey to world-class public speaking skills now

Download our free ebook to start your journey towards becoming a Powerful Presenter.

You’ll learn our 5-step process for transforming your Presentations: inspirational, memorable and persuasive.

It’s full of practical tips and insightsto help you make immediate improvements to your leadership talks and presentations, including:

  • Increase your confidence
  • Improve how you persuade
  • Get greater engagement

Download your free copy of our Five Steps to Transform your Leadership Talks ebook now.

Help me create better presentations

 

About Benjamin Ball Associates

Benjamin Ball Associates Team

Benjamin Ball Associates helps clients to communicate better.

Over the years the BBA team has coached thousands of senior executives globally to present powerfully. You get access to a transformational toolbox of techniques to help you become a clear, confident communicator.

We’ll help you create a powerful first impression that hooks and engages your audience immediately and we’ll transform you to deliver clearly, confidently and with impact.

Speak to Louise on +44 20 7018 0922 or email louise@nullbenjaminball.com to find out more and discuss your upcoming speech or presentation.

 

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