Call yourself a platform speaker – you’re missing something. Learn from the Porsche 911

1970sIf you’re still using PowerPoint with a ‘clicker’ stood behind a lectern, you’re gathering dust faster than a dozing grandaddy. It’s not all about the

look, you need a strong story, but you’ve already got that. So why not challenge yourself with the latest technology? Porsche never stop trying to improve their classic 911. They understand that technology, used with sensitivity, adds to even the most successful track record.

You can add an extra small margin of excellence to your already well crafted schtick in any number of ways. Here’s three to start you thinking.

  1. Use a smartphone or tablet to present ‘wirelessly’ at your next conference, presentation or pitch.
  2. Incorporate the freedom that the technology gives you to ‘jam’ around your theme. Use it effortlessly show your slides, move to images, go live to your twitter feed and audience comments, and then back to your visuals without missing a beat.
  3. Use something that looks and feels different to PowerPoint or Keynote. Prezi, for example, or mime, but try something.

Then watch the intrigue on your audiences faces as they listen and wonder how the bloody hell you’re doing that.  The only caveat is that you should do it quietly, with no smug, self-satisfaction and ‘aren’t I clever’ comments to the crowd, or they’ll just want you to fail.  But do it silently, charmingly and with skill, it will add deep shine to you and your message.

In the next post we’ll explore how you can start.

Jim Harvey

Jim Harvey

Managing Director at The Message Business
Jim is the MD of The Message Business, a company which helps FTSE 100 companies to sell themselves, and their products better. Speech writer, Prezi trainer and designer, coach and consultant, Jim also finds time to be a proud father and husband.
Jim Harvey
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