"Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower." --Shigenori Kameoka
How often do you think about what you have to offer? What you have to share with others, especially that which is powerful, helpful, thoughtful, needed?
Every chance you get to appear before an audience - virtually, physically, or otherwise …. on paper, for instance - it is your chance to find a seed. And do not try to convince yourself you have no seed, that you have no flower. Self-talk will scream this at you; others may even try to say the same, but know better.
You have seeds upon seeds and flowers upon flowers … rows and rows of them as far as the eye can see.
"So why do I have so much doubt?" you ask.
It's because …
What if you could run meetings that have your teams knocking down the doors to get IN, not knocking down the doors to get OUT?!
Not at all.
Sounds like a thing of beauty?
Every one of your meetings can arouse interest, energy, and excitement from your team. No one will fall asleep in them. Your teams will stop looking at their watches and the clocks at the back of the room and on their devices. They will be more open to what you and others have to share. Your meetings can become some of the brightest, most productive parts of the week.
So how is it done?
For some, PowerPoint (PPT) presentations are becoming a thing of the past, but for those who still use them - *hand in the air* that would be me! - or their Apple cousin, Keynote, read on! (Not so fast! So you do not use PPT or Keynote. That's cool. I know you have a colleague who uses one or the other, and you have been looking to offer some constructive criticism, right? I knew it! Let's charge ahead!)
Voyage with me into the mind of an English instructor. Come on. I promise it will all make sense in a minute.
Upon first glance at a student's paper, an instructor, especially an English instructor, can immediately ascertain if the paper is "A" work or otherwise. The spacing is nicely done; margins are the right size; the font is our all-time favorite, Times New Roman, at a 12-point size; headings are in place; you even see a few citations that are properly formatted. You can feel it; this is a winner, and you want to read on! Right?! (Or am I alone on this one?)
Just as educators may be a touch leery of the contents or the quality of the contents of a paper if it is poorly formatted, just as we may be skeptical of a restaurant that looks a little shady (although I've been known to visit my fair share of greasy spoons), or just as a website with a questionable design (*biting lip) gives us pause, your presentations can find themselves under similar scrutiny by your audiences. A couple of small presentation design details you may not have considered are ...