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Making Great Presentations

On March 14, 2011, in Presentations, Raj Murthy, by Raj Murthy

A few days ago, I came across this video of 10 year old DocProfSky (Schuyler St. Leger) presenting at the Phoenix IGNITE #9. It was a brilliant presentation by a 10 year old who simply blew everyone away and received a standing ovation at the end of his 6 minute presentation. Many adult presenters can learn a lot from this charismatic young man and I hope it serves as a great example of how things should be.

Here is my cliff notes version of successful presentations.

1) NOT READING FROM NOTES, If you cannot rehearse your 5 minute contribution you should not be presenting.
2) Being or at least pretending to be actually interested in the product.
3) Presenting with an example that is of personal relevance that you can relate to immediately.
4) Eye contact with several during the presentation.
5) A strong finish reinforcing the title or theme presented.

If a 10 year old can do this, I think we should all be able to. The only sad part about this video is that it only has 72K views while sneezing cats and monkeys get millions.

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One Response to Making Great Presentations

  1. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.