Fed up of blurry PowerPoint presentations? Spending too much time trying to squeeze a 13 point list onto one slide? Wish stock images weren’t quite so, well, boring?
If you really want people to sit up and pay attention to your presentation, perhaps it’s time to try something new.
Here are three ways to deliver a presentation, graphics style.
1. Create a push piece*.
The push piece is a one-page piece (flip chart size or bigger) of visual information prepared in advance of a presentation. It is a high level summation of the information the presenter wants to convey. One page. That’s it.
Tip: Creating a push piece is also a great way to try out graphics if you are new to it and want to build your confidence before drawing live.
2. Another method of presenting using graphics is what I call graphic storytelling. This involves drawing the information you want to convey live in front of your audience. It lends itself particularly well to a sequential theme. ‘First of all this happened, then we did this, then this happened etc.’ drawing out (literally) each stage of the process. Your audience have to focus on what you’re doing to find out what happens next. They are also far more likely to remember what you have said.
3. A third way to deliver presentations to use a combination of the two methods outlined above. Create a push piece, and leave gaps in it. These are areas of white space that you fill in as you deliver your presentation. Again, this focuses the audience’s attention and immediately piques their curiosity.
Tip: Remember when doing graphics live to let your audience know that you will have your back to them from time to time but you will be listening to their comments and responses. Graphic facilitation requires a special kind of pivoting action!
*When I do this with teams inhouse I invite them to create a push piece based on a project they are working on. It’s amazing how often delegates say to each other ‘Oh,now I understand what your team does!’
Feel inspired? Give it a go and let me know how you get on.
For more ideas and an opportunity to put them into practice join me for Secrets of Simple Graphics, September 5th Edinburgh.