Dr. Carmen Taran led off the 7-session, free series with an amazing presentation entitled, “How authentic are your presentations? Using beautiful and thought-provoking slides, she explained how to avoid a canned, sterotypical look, both by the choice of images and the choice of words. One of her points about using simple, clear words was, “If they can’t repeat it, they didn’t get it.”
She talked about SGS = Stupid Generic Shots. Those are the handshake to indicate agreement or the too-pretty models to indicate employees.
Carmen created a lively webinar by inviting lots of audience participation via the chat box. She showed unusual photos and asked what response people had and how they might use them in a presentation.
Another quote: “People first, presentations second.” In other words, put your attention on the audience more than on the presentation.
She introduced the concept of wabi sabi — small, calming objects or images that aren’t perfect and have a natural feel. The webinar audience viewed the many examples of wabi sabi images and commented on them.
We’re looking forward to Cliff Atkinson’s presentation next week! If you haven’t signed up, go to www.OutstandingPresentationsWorkshop.com!