Remember 1999? It was a magical time:
The dot-com boom promised an era of universal prosperity.
George Lucas introduced us to Jar Jar Binks, sure to be a fan favorite.
And PowerPoint 2000 was released, ushering in a Golden Age of business oratory.
Yeah, not so much.
Maybe Prince was right. Party over, out of time.
Amazingly, even Microsoft’s addition of a sparkling new feature that allowed users to view their slide, outline and notes all in one window (!) failed to put an end to “death by PowerPoint.”
Are you part of the problem? Are you still presenting like it’s 1999? Or 1989, for that matter?
Take this quiz and find out.
Test your presentation skills
- Do you kick things off by telling the audience about yourself? Stop. Audiences care less about you than what you can do for them.
- Do you believe it’s not what you say, but how you say it that counts? Wrong. Don’t let myths about body language skew your priorities. Your content is just as important as your delivery technique.
- On the other hand, is your presentation stuffed with information? Be careful. As a presenter, you are more than an information delivery vehicle. Try to focus your content on the essentials.
- Do you think facts and evidence are the keys to persuasion? Think again. An emotional appeal is more effective in changing people’s minds.
- Are you a different person on the podium than in everyday life? You’re doing it wrong. In an age of transparency, there’s no room for split personalities.
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