It is the stuff of nightmares, isn’t it? You spend ages perfecting a PowerPoint presentation, you rehearse with said presentation, you check you have the wires for the all the equipment, pitch up at the venue and find out that the projector bulb is broken! Argh! Or is it?
First of all let me say what I say to all my learners (and failed miserably on this occasion to follow my own advise) – check and check and check again any technology and equipment. There is a law called Murphy’s Law that states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong and this is almost always the case when you are using technology in a presentation. What happened to me that fatal day was preventable (by checking bulb out the night before) and cope able ( by having a spare bulb to hand). I had only myself to blame.
But the real question is – did it ruin the presentation? Well, no actually.. it didn’t. And here are five reasons why the presentation still went well despite my technological challenge:
#1 My presentation was what I shared with the audience NOT the PowerPoint slide show. The pictures would have enhanced the message and would have added in another level but I could still deliver the message without them
#2 I designed my presentation first before I designed and inserted the slides. Preparing a presentation this way around means that the message will be strong enough to stand on its own merits.
#3 My slides were pictures (beautiful ones of course) but still only pictures rather than words. This meant that what I had to say wasn’t dependent on them (although they would have wonderfully enhanced my words)
#4 I had a separate set of notes all contained on a single landscape piece of paper called a Pathway Planner. So I didn’t need my slide show as a script to remind me what to say and when to say it.
#5 I knew my stuff. I knew it and I had rehearsed the look, sound and feel of the presentation. This is in contrast to many people I come across who ‘rehearse’ by going through the slide deck reciting or reading or dependent on them for the prompts.
So – am I annoyed that I had wasted some of my precious time, designing slides I never actually used? Yes. Am I annoyed that I missed a trick by not being able to use the slides to enhance the experience of the audiences. yes. Did I still manage to deliver a powerful and persuasive presentation…with perfect poise? Yes! Yes ! Yes!
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