The Circuit was pleased to feature David Bowman, Marketing Manager of Lucrum, for our professional development program on Death by PowerPoint. David write this on his website (www.davidebowman.com)
Did you know that fear of public speaking ranks above fear of death. Seriously the top three fears are public speaking, death, and spiders. Who knew? Maybe one reason we all fear speaking in front of people is that we don’t want to look foolish. Sadly, the use of PowerPoint as a presentation tool often results in just that. Speakers look bad, audiences are bored, and public speaking remains something scary – wooohaahaaahaa. Fear not! It does not have to be this way.
This morning I got to deliver one of the more enjoyable presentations I have done in quite some time. The audience – 50 or so members of The Circuit, an organization based in Cincinnati, Ohio that brings together Information Technology professionals from around the region. The topic – Death by PowerPoint.
I opened the presentation with an original song entitled Death by PowerPoint. I must say I was a little nervous about starting the event by performing a song I wrote two days ago – and never played in front of anyone but my wife and kids. Happily the song went well, and I didn’t mess it up too badly. Everyone seemed to find the humor in it, and it proved to be a great segue into the presentation. Right after I was done singing it, I jokingly said that the 4 minute song contained just about every point I wanted to make – which is not far from the truth. Ahhh music. How I miss you. Maybe I was missing the boat all those years of playing until 2:30am in bars? Perhaps my future is 7:30am in conference rooms?