PowerPoint Comedy

PowerPoint Comedy with Don McMillan

PowerPoint can be funny - especially the goofy things that many presenters do with PowerPoint.

If you have to deliver a business presentation soon and you are considering using PowerPoint then I suggest you review this short video featuring Don McMillan on YouTube.

How not to use PowerPoint.

Review it before your presentation! Then you will be able to laugh at this video instead of cringing.

This video is also a good learning tool on how to get your point across with humor. Note the lessons about using PowerPoint and note the teaching techniques.

For more help on using PowerPoint read the PowerPoint Sins.


George Torok
Speech Coach for Executives

Presentation first thoughts

First thoughts on your presentation

Why you?
How can you get more done? By being a superior communicator. The secret of managing people is to master the art and science of communication. Superior communication skills are a combination of listening, negotiating and speaking.

Public Speaking, Presentation or Speech?
Deliver your message with impact. It is not just a speech or presentation. I use the words speech, public speaking and presentations interchangeably in this article. It is your message that is important. Your presentation is the vehicle for delivering your message and to create results. A successful presentation is one that moves people to action. You know it was a success if after you speak, they buy, work or follow. To do that requires skill. Devour this article to capture the essence of superior presentation skills.

First Rule of Great Presentations
A great presentation does not just happen. It is planned, rehearsed then delivered with flair. A good presenter is one who learns the skills of presentations - not one who hopes for talent to carry them. Public speaking is a skill not a talent. You can be a good presenter if you learn the skills for presentation success. You will be a great speaker if you learn from every presentation you deliver. Great presenters start as poor speakers – then they get better.

Learn from other Great Speech Makers
Who are the public speakers you admire? Ask yourself why you admire them. What techniques do they use in their speeches that you can use? What principles can you adapt to your presentations? It could be a great political leader, business executive or innovator. Whether it is a Churchill, Henry Ford or Einstein – ask yourself, “Why does their delivery work so well? How can I use that technique or principle in my speech?” Look for the skills they used and make them your own.

Give a great presentation!

George Torok
The Speech Coach for Executives
Presentation Skills Training

More Presentation Skills Tips

Impromptu Public Speaking

Impromptu Public Speaking
Do not think on your feet!
Sometimes you might be asked to give comments or a presentation without advance notice. You might be tempted to think on your feet. I strongly suggest that you do not think on your feet. It is easy to get yourself into trouble. Instead always be prepared to speak on very short notice. Impromptu speaking is similar to regular presenting – in that both are based on skill development. The better you know and practice the techniques the more it looks like talent.

Here are some techniques to help you with impromptu speaking.

Know some favourite stories that you tell well and can use to illustrate more than one message as required.
Quickly write three points on an index card – then talk about those points.
Decide on the one thing that you want to get across – and deliver that message.
Conduct your speech as an interview with yourself. Ask questions – and answer them.

Don’t think on your feet – instead be prepared.

George Torok
Speech Coach for Executives
Presentation Skills Training
Motivational Keynote Speaker