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Presentation #FAIL: Habitudes for Communicators

I love this great video about presentation #FAIL created by Tim Elmore.

Check out the scribble on the whiteboard in the back “something still here from an earlier presentation”.

This is a promo video for his fantastic visual book on communications. This book is full of FRESH insights that I haven’t seen in any other presentation book, so it’s worth picking up!

It’s rare for me to read a book on presentations and learn something but I did in this book! Elmore uses sticky metaphors that help you remember the concepts. His chapter heads are metaphorical like “Windows and Mirrors”, “the Faded Flag” and “The Thomas Nast Principle.” He has great insights throughout the book. For example, in “Windows and Mirrors” he proposes that there’s a gap between communicators and public speakers:

At the end of each chapter is a quiz, but he’s also put those questions into an online assessment to rank yourself to see how you’re doing as a communicator. He asks questions like “I tend to focus on being simple more than comprehensive”. It shoots out a score when you’re done.

His book is visual which of course I love.

Speaking of visual books, Garr Reynolds of PresentationZen.com fame has re-released his book by the same name. This book has many extras not included in the original so it’s thicker and better!

Nancy Duarte

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  • Thanks so much for sharing the video and the insights.  I am embarrassed to say some of that looked familiar…… What a great way to get the point across; brilliant video.

  • Thanks so much for sharing the video and the insights.  I am embarrassed to say some of that looked familiar…… What a great way to get the point across; brilliant video.

  • Nancy – that video doesn’t get old for me, it’s genius.  Thanks for re-posting, in addition to the “Communicator” breakdown vs. “public speaker”.  Spot on and important for all to see.
     

    • I agree Ben… I’m making the transition from public speaker to communicator with the help of Nancy’s team.

  • Nancy – that video doesn’t get old for me, it’s genius.  Thanks for re-posting, in addition to the “Communicator” breakdown vs. “public speaker”.  Spot on and important for all to see.
     

    • I agree Ben… I’m making the transition from public speaker to communicator with the help of Nancy’s team.

  • Really can appreciate the Speaker|Communicator contrast.  It’s great!  This is precisely the change in mindset that occurs, when you decide to focus on your audience’s needs instead of your own.  Along with that change, I realized my stage fright, or speaking anxiety became greatly diminished.  And, in turn, speaking started to become an -enjoyable- activity.

    • I had the same experience JT. My anxiety vanished when I started speaking to the hearts of the audience because I discovered I was actually speaking to my own heart. 

  • Really can appreciate the Speaker|Communicator contrast.  It’s great!  This is precisely the change in mindset that occurs, when you decide to focus on your audience’s needs instead of your own.  Along with that change, I realized my stage fright, or speaking anxiety became greatly diminished.  And, in turn, speaking started to become an -enjoyable- activity.

    • I had the same experience JT. My anxiety vanished when I started speaking to the hearts of the audience because I discovered I was actually speaking to my own heart. 

  • Sheldon Curry

    LOVE THIS!!!!

  • Sheldon Curry

    LOVE THIS!!!!

  • This great! The only thing it is missing is the sign taped to the door with the speaker’s time isn’t in comic sans!

  • This great! The only thing it is missing is the sign taped to the door with the speaker’s time isn’t in comic sans!

  • Charlotte

    That video is hilarious! It’s very easy to get it wrong when public speaking. I have just found this brilliant new website called Present.Me that allows you to attach a video of yourself presenting to your Power Point. I’ve noticed it is used to send presentations online when someone cannot be there to do it in person but it is also really helpful for rehearsing your speech. Then hopefully no one will present like this man! It’s also really easy to use. Hope this helps!

  • Charlotte

    That video is hilarious! It’s very easy to get it wrong when public speaking. I have just found this brilliant new website called Present.Me that allows you to attach a video of yourself presenting to your Power Point. I’ve noticed it is used to send presentations online when someone cannot be there to do it in person but it is also really helpful for rehearsing your speech. Then hopefully no one will present like this man! It’s also really easy to use. Hope this helps!

  • Janet Bornemann

    Very Funny. I love the part about clicking around and trying to “look busy” as people are filing in. Do some people hate giving presentations that much? I guess if they don’t have decent slides to back up their words it can be a truly painful experience.

  • Janet Bornemann

    Very Funny. I love the part about clicking around and trying to “look busy” as people are filing in. Do some people hate giving presentations that much? I guess if they don’t have decent slides to back up their words it can be a truly painful experience.

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