Presentations are Conversations

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Ever since Seth recommended Presentation Zen a few weeks back i've been an avid reader and fan. It's quite amazing what you can get out of reading about the way good presenters operate. You can apply that knowledge to all kinds of things, even if you don't ever have to speak publically. Today's post takes a look at Steve Jobs' recent presentation. Steve is a master, without a doubt, and the post gives some good insight into why he's the master.

What has always made Steve Jobs such a great presenter is that he seems relaxed and informal in tone and style (yet gracious), as if he were having a conversation with a group of friends at home in the backyard. There are no magic tricks to his success nor is his effective style the result of years of dramatic study. Yes, his slides are simple and stunning, and his speaking synchs perfectly with the visuals. That's very important. But the essence of his masterful style is something many (most?) people can achieve in their own unique way. The secret is to communicate in front of a large group the same way you do everyday when you are talking with your spouse or your best friend down at the local Starbucks. The key is to look at presentations as conversations.

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