I recently wrote a post over at SmartBlog on Leadership titled “7 tips to enhance your next presentation”. It outlines some tips to consider when developing a PowerPoint presentation.
Probably the most important takeaway from the session was “Your PowerPoint deck is not your presentation.”
I was reminded of this during a recent conversation about conference iPhone / iPad apps. I asked about including the speaker PowerPoint decks within the conference app. I got a little pushback. The reasoning was, including the decks with the app meant everyone would have the slides – even the people who didn’t attend the conference.
And I thought…so what?! The deck isn’t the presentation. The speaker is the presentation.
That being said, I’m not suggesting that every speaker give their PowerPoint slides away for free. Creating a PowerPoint deck takes time. Sometimes it contains a proprietary chart, graph, or image. Even so, the PowerPoint is not the entire presentation.
Let me know your thoughts on this. Can you figure out the entire message of a presentation by looking at the speaker’s PowerPoint slides?
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