Business Presentations

boring-conferenceMost company CEOs and team leaders when presenting information, present a data dump. When you suggest that they use stories to illustrate their points, their thinking, “Hey, this information is serious business.” I say, “Yea, so serious, that everybody is bored to snore”; putting it politely. When you present a data dump, there’s no connection and the audience switches off.

I think the reason most company presenters stick to PowerPoint presentations is because everybody else does. It’s hard for you to be the first person to break the mould and dare step out of your comfort zone.

As far back as we can remember, personal stories are the most powerful way to illustrate a point. PowerPoints aren’t. Check out this below.

I mentioned the word data dump before, well most of them are in the form of numbers and statistics. If you can make those statistics meaningful and interesting, or even more importantly, relatable, half the battle is won. Statistics are not the message, they a resource to help you make your point.


Check out my “PowerPoint Resurrection” & “Making Statistics Meaningful” posts.

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Author: Henk van den Bergen

I have been speaking on Champagne for 20 years and decided to improve my speaking skills by joining Toastmasters International 13 year ago. I'm still a member today and I'm passionate about sharing what I’ve learned. I’m also proud to be the 1998 “Vin de Champagne Award” winner and being a three time Australian finalist in the International Speech contest.

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