As we move along towards our second visual presentation, I feel more comfortable approaching it after doing the first one. One of the challenges were getting the right application and recording the audio and hopefully work on organizing the flow of my information within the slides.
Giving a presentation was one of the things I had to work on during university, it was difficult to stand in front of a crowd since I don’t feel comfortable having all the attention in a room. Over the years, I am happy with the progress I made, who would’ve thought that as shy as I was back then that I would be chosen to MC an event with over one thousand employees attending. Some of the techniques that I always kept in mind is to make sure that I know what I’m doing, feel confident and make eye contact. When I think of good presentations, I think of Apple when they present a product to the public. I found an article written by Carmine Gallo in Forbes Website that provides some techniques followed by Steve Jobs who is one of the most innovative people in the world.
One of the techniques that I found interesting has to do with structure, it is very important to get the structure of the presentation right and have a balance. “Stick to the rule of three.” Gallo shares “Jobs instinctively understood that the number “3” is one of the most powerful numbers in communications. A list of 3 things is more intriguing than 2 and far easier to remember than 22. Jobs divided his iPhone presentation into three sections. He spoke about the iPod functions of the new iPhone, the phone itself, and connecting to the Internet. Jobs even had some fun with three. He stepped on stage and said, “Today we are introducing three revolutionary products. The first, a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second, is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device.” As the audience applauded, Jobs repeated the three ‘products’ several times. Finally he said, “Are you getting it? These are not three separate devices, they are one device and we are calling it iPhone!” (Gallo)
This technique is very useful especially to not overload a section of the presentation with information in order to capture the audience’s attention and not get them bored.
Gallo, Carmine. “11 Presentation Lessons You Can Still Learn From Steve Jobs” Forbes. October 4, 2012. Web. February 26, 2013.