As engineers and scientists, we deal with complex and technical subjects. We also need to communicate effectively with others on these topics. PowerPoint can be a useful tool, but too often it becomes a weapon with collateral damage against your audience. Here is a hilarious video from stand-up comedian Don McMillan from 2010 about how NOT to use PowerPoint. Lots of graphs and data for the engineers and geeks!
On the next blog post, I’ll share a technique I learned from a world-recognized expert on effective presentations that instantly transformed my approach and effectiveness for the better, dramatically. I credit this approach to persuading my management to acquire the first 3-D printer for our site. And for providing a room for employees to work on their own innovation projects. Quite powerful, eh? Even the most dry and technical presentation topics can use this approach too.
Until then, I need to get ready for my Toastmasters meeting later today. As I explain in Tip #10 in my book, one of the best ways you can stand out as a great rocket scientist or aerospace professional is to be an effective communicator and presenter. If it weren’t for Toastmasters I would still be nervous, reluctant, afraid, and plain bad at giving presentations. It has helped me tremendously with one-on-one, interviewing, and impromptu speaking too. If you want to avoid death by PowerPoint, find a nearby Toastmaster club and visit a meeting. Another powerful tip comes tomorrow.
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