Last week I blogged about preparing a presentation using the Exteme Presentation Method. I wasn’t entirely convinced that the method was going to work beforehand but having spent the money on Dr Abela’s book, I pressed on.
This morning I delivered my first non-PowerPoint presentation in ages to a room of senior executives, and I did it sitting down talking to a single sheet of A4 paper.
Informal feedback gathered at the end of the session was really positive and I certainly felt the approach was both different and much more engaging. I noticed that I pretty much held the attention of all those in the room for 30 minutes, there were a flurry of questions at the end and conversation continued over coffee. None of these latter points is typical for me and I put the change down to the method.
Abela’s book is very practical and allowed me to develop the presentation step by step on and off over the course of about 4 days without going near a computer screen. If I have to constructively criticise it, I found the approach a little hard going and quite time-consuming to start with although I recognise that will improve with time and that if the end result is successful this justifies the up-front time investment.
On a personal note, I found the exercise of creating a compelling story cycling through ‘SCoRE’ (situation, complication, resolution, example) was both challenging and helpful in settling my mind on what had and had not been achieved, why this was so and what we had done to move on from that point.
The book is heavily referenced and researched and where I found myself mentally challenging some of the assertions I found (in each case) a thoughtfully provided reference to supporting material.
If you are fed up with giving PowerPoint presentations but feel you have little alternative then give this a go, especially if you have one of those important presentation opportunities on the horizon, and please let me know how you get on.