How do I do a presentation without Powerpoint?
July 26, 2008 11:32 AM Subscribe
How do I give an effective presentation without
posted by valleys to Work & Money (21 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
While I've never enjoyed public speaking, I have had to do a number of presentations this year for work, and have got to the point where I'm comfortable doing the presentation, even though I know I'm not the most dynamic speaker. The presentations are on a subject I'm knowledgable in and passionate about.
I've used Powerpoint for all the presentations so far, with 2-3 pages of bullet points related to the informational part of the presentation, then 15-20 full screen photos to provide visual support for the 'stories' part of the presentation.
In mid-August I have to do a presentation without using Powerpoint (various reasons - outdoor location being the main one) and as I know I'm not a strong speaker, I'm a bit worried about keeping people engaged during the presentation, which will be about 30 minutes and for anything from 15-50 people.
I will probably make the information part of the presentation a little shorter than usual, though it is all valid information that needs to be included. How do I present it without having the bullet points on the screen? I'm thinking of bringing handouts which could have the usual bullet points - would people refer to these as I'm talking to follow along, or just take them away to refer to afterwards?
For the stories, I can have a few photos printed poster-size to display while I'm talking, but can't do that for all 15-20 slides I would normally use. I will bring 'props' related to the stories (i.e. physical items) which will help a lot, but not having the pictures makes me feel like I'm losing a big part of what makes the presentation interesting.
Any suggestions on making the presentation work without my usual visuals would be welcome.