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Slides Prevent Us From Connecting at a Human Level

Mac Slocum interviews Nancy Duarte at Web 2.0

The kind folks at O’Reilly had me speak at Web 2.0 and then Mac Slocum asked some s-m-a-r-t questions at their booth.

Watch the video below to hear answers to these four questions:

  1. Are presentations inherently broken? Are we going about it the wrong way?
  2. If you ask most people if they like lectures they’ll say “No”, yet we default to that when it’s time to do a presentation, why do you think that is?
  3. Do you feel that every great presentation has a meta component to it–a language that’s being spoken outside the visuals or what’s being said?
  4. Do you think we’re getting better at business communication?

Enjoy!

Nancy Duarte

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  • Nancy:

    You’re correct!

    I sat, with a growing migrane headache, yesterday through two presentations I’m nominated for the PowerPoint Hall of Shame.

    YIKES!

    Thanks for all your good work on this subject.

    I “see” what you mean!

  • Nancy:

    You’re correct!

    I sat, with a growing migrane headache, yesterday through two presentations I’m nominated for the PowerPoint Hall of Shame.

    YIKES!

    Thanks for all your good work on this subject.

    I “see” what you mean!

  • Muhammed Razzak

    @nancyduarte:twitter Hi Nancy,
    I’ve been trying to use sticky notes on a wall. What should I try it on, a whiteboard? And do you have any recommendations for sticky notes in regard to brands and types.
    Thanks.

    • 3M brand sticky notes are best. I haven’t ever had a problem with the sticky notes sticking to the wall unless the wall is heavily textured. You can use them on a whiteboard surface, that should work.

      • Muhammed Razzak

        Thanks

  • Muhammed Razzak

    @nancyduarte:twitter Hi Nancy,
    I’ve been trying to use sticky notes on a wall. What should I try it on, a whiteboard? And do you have any recommendations for sticky notes in regard to brands and types.
    Thanks.

    • 3M brand sticky notes are best. I haven’t ever had a problem with the sticky notes sticking to the wall unless the wall is heavily textured. You can use them on a whiteboard surface, that should work.

      • Muhammed Razzak

        Thanks

  • Muhammed Razzak

    @nancyduarte:twitter Hi Nancy,
    I’ve been trying to use sticky notes on a wall. What should I try it on, a whiteboard? And do you have any recommendations for sticky notes in regard to brands and types.
    Thanks.

  • Love this, thank you Nancy. I’ve always wondered – what would conferences be like if we abolished PowerPoint presentations. If we could just have the speakers talk to people without slidedecks I think it would really make a difference as to how people present and engage.

    • I just went to a conference yesterday where none of the keynote speakers used slides. They all told stories. I laughed, cried, connected and feel energized today. Hm.

  • Love this, thank you Nancy. I’ve always wondered – what would conferences be like if we abolished PowerPoint presentations. If we could just have the speakers talk to people without slidedecks I think it would really make a difference as to how people present and engage.

    • I just went to a conference yesterday where none of the keynote speakers used slides. They all told stories. I laughed, cried, connected and feel energized today. Hm.

    • I just went to a conference yesterday where none of the keynote speakers used slides. They all told stories. I laughed, cried, connected and feel energized today. Hm.

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