Dr Nick Morgan is one of the top communication theorists and coaches in North America. And he doesn’t mince words when it comes to slide-based presentations.
Nick Morgan describes most of the thousands of slide shows delivered every day as excruciating.
‘Human misery on a massive scale,’ he calls it.
He’s come up with 10 ways of getting an audience to engage with a speaker – without a single slide.
- Use props. Show something. Pass it around. Let the audience get physical.
- Use music. Harness the emotional response created by music. Just make sure you follow the copyright rules.
- Use video. A well-chosen clip can connect with an audience and convey information more effectively than slides.
- Use a flip chart. Create an image for the audience. Low tech, high results.
- Ask the audience – to tell stories.
- Ask the audience – to work in groups and tackle a challenge. Get them to report back.
- Ask the audience – to play a game. Simple questions and modest prizes will reinforce your message.
- Ask the audience – to design something.
- Ask the audience – to create videos. Hand out flip cams to groups and get them to create video responses to what you are talking about.
- Combine any 3 of the above. You will create a huge audience buzz.
Morgan has this advice for anyone planning a presentation: ‘Stop thinking of a presentation as a static activity where you show slides to a catatonic group of fellow humans. Treat them as co-conspirators in something exciting, educational, and fun.’