PowerPoint for Techies: Catching Your Eye

I’m Kathy Jacobs. I hope to make a difference in the lives of those who have to listen to your presentations. I’m a PowerPoint guru. I know the program inside and out. I am also a born and bred techie. In fact, as I write this I am wearing my Geek Inside t-shirt bought at LinuxWorld San Francisco 2003. I hate watching the same presentations you hate watching. You know the ones… Presenter stands there and reads the slides, talks in a mono-tone, knows their text is too small for the room to see and tells you that, etc.

It is made even worse when the person presenting is someone I know. Most people only present on things they are passionate about. They know the topic inside and out, but they don’t know how to get the listeners involved. How do you get them to be their self and present in a way that supports the information and involves the audience? After all, precious training hours need to be spent on technical topics. What’s more, everyone knows it’s just PowerPoint. Easy and quick to use – no worries about doing it right.

I want to change how you look at PowerPoint. I want to help you understand some basic tricks that you can use to involve your audience in your presentation. I want you to feel comfortable enough to relax and be yourself when you are presenting.

That is where this series of articles will be taking you. I am going to show you some simple ways to break out of the box and use PowerPoint better. Interested? I hope so!

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