I used to hate PowerPoint.
Hate it. Hate it, hate it, hate it, HATE IT.
For years, I refused to take part. If I had to give a talk or a presentation of any kind, I used my words and speaking abilities only.
“I don’t need slides” I used to say…
(whilst slightly looking down upon everyone else that did)
Procrastinate, I did much.
That was up until my then boss casually mentioned in passing that the only reason I hadn’t started my deck yet was because I was afraid of it.
“You’re afraid of PowerPoint.”
“Then do it then.”
“If you’re not afraid of it, do it.”
He was right. I was. My fear? Where to start? What if I get it wrong?
I didn’t know what to do.
“Tell a story.” he said, “You like post-its, start with your key points on some post-its. See where it takes you.”
I grabbed some nearby post-its, a black marker and – a few mins later – I came up with this…
The rantings of a serial killer? Maybe.
Cracking my fear of PowerPoint? Definitely.
I’d found my story, the notes were to be my kickers and this below, was the presentation I eventually gave to a room full of delegates at Voicedays ’08:
That’s how I cracked my fear of PowerPoint; by telling a story using post-its. They became my kickers. I knew what story I wanted to tell and, by using the stickers as great big reminders/cheat sheets, I ensured I didn’t lose my way.