A Creative Way to Prepare Your Presentations

Written by Pam Chambers

Everyone is familiar with preparing a presentation on index cards, or writing it all out word-for-word. And these days, we see lots of words on powerpoint slides.

I say that there is a better, more creative way to prepare your presentation: don’t write it. DRAW it!

Notice the dock at the bottom of your computer screen. Those symbols instantly communicate what’s what: iTunes, address book, google earth, mail, etc.

Feel free to write your presentation. But then, transfer each idea into a symbol, just as you see on your dock. And draw it in color!

This creative way to prepare your presentation thus becomes your road-map for when you’re up in front of the room. Because there is nothing to READ, you will be able to connect with your audience instead of getting lost in written pages. Because the symbols are in color, the right side of your brain will be engaged (and that’s a good thing).

Your page of drawings is not a handout that you give your audience members. It is your guide for giving a presentation that is fresh, authentic, and in-the-moment. Try it!

If anyone spots it and says, “Hey, what’s that?” you can say, “It’s my creative way of preparing my presentation for you.”



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