So I really feel for those in the corporate world who find themselves staring at the screen trying to figure out what to say for some presentation they’re obligated to give.
It reminds me of George Costanza, roped into giving a talk on risk management.
So how do you make creating a presentation a quick and easy process? You don’t. It takes a lifetime to prepare.
“Good Public Speaking is Based on Good Private Thinking”
Right now I’m reading Scott Berkun’s “Confessions of a Public Speaker,” and this passage may be the most important lesson in the whole book (though I haven’t finished it, so stand by):
The problem with most bad presentations I see is not the speaking, the slides, the visuals, or any of the things people obsess about. Instead, it’s the lack of thinking … All good public speaking is based on good private thinking.
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