Friday I received an email with the header ‘More Kudos’
"Paul, we spoke briefly in the kitchen of the Ag Center last night about your smooth presentation strategies and skills. In addition to the observations I mentioned (hold the handouts, move from stage center to both sides of audience), I want to commend you on your effective use of the laser pointer. You were steady and intentional with it, especially tracking from your house to the next and locating key focal points on other slides. I can’t tell you how many presenters have had me near seizure state with frenzied whipping around of the pointer.
Also appreciate the minimal print on your slides – we had a practice in our work “let the slides enhance the presentation, not BE the presentation.”
Here is one of the #ISA Strategic Goals I want to work on - “Promoting the Profession- #Arborists are recognized as qualified, competent, and safe tree care professionals who are sought out the by the public, government organizations, and other professions.”
Please share with your friends who are ISA members.
Saw the Lorax with my Team Lorax (local tree people) on Friday. It is based on the book, but the message is pretty good. I was a bit worried with all of the advertising and ‘shilling’ on TV, but it is a good movie I hope many people watch and pay attention.
I attended a week-long workshop last week. This workshop combined many presentations and a project. The project was engaging and broken up over all five days. We ended the week with our group presentations… here is the rub. I was the only person that brought a computer to our final workday. We decided to put together a PowerPoint presentation… I started talking about the presentation and my desire to create slides with very few words on them… there was a shocked look on many of my teams faces. There were many interactions with some of the team members who tried to change my mind; it went so far as to try and negotiate a hybrid between typical bulleted slides and my ‘simple’ visual slides. Long story short, I refused to change my design and we utilized my presentation. Not only did the presentation go well, but our ‘simple’ design was commended during our review. We need more public speaking training, workshops, and classes.