Making Power Points Without PowerPoint
I had the great pleasure of watching a CEO deliver a talk
recently. Now usually I don’t use the word “pleasure” after I
have listened to a CEO speak. I tend more towards phrases such as
“nails-on-the-wall excruciatingly painful”. Why? Because too often
senior leaders present they stand behind the lectern clutching
it with a steely death grip, they use words that don’t appear in
any dictionary, they use jargon-speak such as “integrative customer-
centric strategic initiatives,” and they read miniature-sized text
off their 367 PowerPoint slides in a monotone voice while everyone
reads along with them. Everyone who hasn’t nodded off, that is.
But what Scott Thon, President and CEO of Alberta-based AltaLink
did in his presentation so effectively was, well, none of the above.
He spoke directly to the audience instead of to the slides. He
was real, conversational, and self-deprecating with his humor.
He told stories. He made a personal connection by telling his
own story. And he made it fun, finishing off his presentation
with a funny video spoof of the Discovery Channel’s “Boom De Ya
Da” promotional ad, starring AltaLink’s own employees (including
the CEO) singing about their core values. (Google “AltaLink Boom
De Ya Da” if you want to see the video and maybe get inspired to
do your own video!)
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
Create alternative super hero meeting titles that you only use
during your meetings. Something that captures the real essence
of what you do, or what role you typically play in meetings.
Yes, it’s a bit silly, but lightening the mood in a meeting even
in a simple, silly way keeps people more relaxed, can encourage
more dialogue and spark more creative thinking.
Quote of the Week
“PowerPoint may be state-of-the-art, but stories are
state-of-the-heart technology.” Peter Guber
It’s a Wacky World
CareerBuilder.com surveyed managers recently and found some rather
unusual excuses employees coughed up for being late:
– one woman claimed she was late because her karma was out of
sync (don’t you hate it when that happens)
– one man had a note signed “The Bus Driver”
– one man claimed his car was infested with bees
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2011 www.humoratwork.com
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