How to Set Your Story Free
We first gave this talk at the Edelman Seattle office, who invited us for a fun, informal "Presentation Intervention" session. In it we introduced Haiku Deck and shared some guiding principles and techniques that we believe can make any presentation more effective, no matter what tools you are using. We hope you'll find these ideas inspiring and useful. And if you'd like us to do a Presentation Intervention at your office, please drop me a a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Captivating Moment
I was at the playground with my friend and her son, and he was trying to get our attention. "Mama, look! Look!" Most moms hear this phrase dozens of times in a day (or an hour, for that matter), so it took us a while to actually look. But when we did, we saw a tiny hummingbird hovering in midair while the little boy gently stroked its back with his finger. It was a magical moment, frozen in time--a moment I didn't think was even possible. It was captivating. We all have amazing stories to tell. And presentations are just stories. They should be captivating.
The More Typical Moment
But too often, they're not. Our work culture has trained us to expect, and accept, moments like this. We're supposed to create a presentation, so we dissect our thoughts into bullet points and we string them together in a bunch of slides. Maybe we pretty them up with a fancy template or some stock photography. But seriously....is anybody ever excited to see a slide that looks anything even remotely like this?
Sometimes, building a presentation feels kind of like this. Heavy. Overstuffed. We're trying to cram everything in. It gets messy.
The Kitchen Sink
Or it's kind of like this, a sink full of dirty dishes, a mishmash of previous meals. Kind of daunting. Pretty unpleasant.
When we created Haiku Deck, we felt like we needed to just kind of take a breath and reset. We wanted to think about it really differently.
We decided to revisit the experience of creating presentations, and to reframe around three things. simplicity
and fun. Because we believe that if we're not having fun, we're not doing it right.
People say constraints inspire creativity, and we believe this is true. Like a haiku, constraints or rules define the boundaries, but leave plenty of room for creative expression. The constraints built into Haiku Deck--limiting the amount of text on each slide as well as design and layout choices--are designed to help you down the path to simplicity.
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