I really enjoy delivering presentations.
My style is constantly evolving, but there are a few elements that will probably not change, I differ from the majority of my colleagues as I firmly believe that “traditional” presentations lack effectiveness.
There are are 2 main books I would point you at if you asked how to be a better presenter:
Presentation Zen (Garr Reynolds) is a general guide to delivering presentations, Slide:ology (Nancy Duarte) is more focussed on the slideware. Both are excellent reads!
[Thanks to Ant Clay for lending me Slide:ology]
You can get the “5 rules” that Duarte apply from within PowerPoint 2010!!!! Read the Duarte blog post here: http://blog.duarte.com/2009/11/the-microsoft-office-2010-public-beta-is-available-and-we%e2%80%99re-in-it/
Open PowerPoint 2010 > Click on File > New > In Available Templates and Themes click on Sample Templates
Open: Five Rules
Start the Slide Show (either hit F5 or from the Slide Show ribbon element click From Beginning)
This is well worth 5 minutes of your time….