Executives can learn from Math Teachers

The presentation landscape is changing. I saw this video on Lisa Braithwaite Blog Lisa is has some great posts and a great addition to your google reader. Lisa featured a math teacher named Dan on her last post.

Dan Meyer is a teacher who can hold the most difficult audiences attention captive. Yes High School kids. Think about what you can do for your corporate events and meetings audiences if he can do it with a room full of hormone filled, flea attention spanned kids?  Presentation design is more than PowerPoint slides jammed with data. Its about interactively facilitating your audiences.

Dan got rid of the old rules of teaching by punishment and intimidation. Shackled to the overhead projecter (think podium)….He got rid of the long text driven slides and flashy computerized transitions.   How many times you have heard some executive say, “I know you cant read this but this is what it says.”  So the data becomes the ugly image he or she is showing the audience to explain his/her points.  Why not use the main point or points instead as an image that describes the feeling or emotion you are trying to get across to your audience.   We all have seen the iceberg photo int he last few years. The tip of the iceberg is showing and under the water it is massive.(see below)  This is a start. (Well, 9 million presentations have used this image so its not really a start icon smile Executives can learn from Math Teachers ) But it gives you an idea how an image can describe your point without showing gobs of data that lulls your audience to eye glaze.

iceberg Executives can learn from Math Teachers

Dan uses the new rules like a Digital Projector/video camera and Macs Keynote program which frees him to move- interact with students.

Dan puts in carefully selected images that project meaning, spark conversationand engage his audience.

He uses videos to make points- bring in enthusiasm.

Push your executives to use these types of tools to engage and teach your audience!

Have you used Iceberg type imaging in your last presentation? Why not pull it out and spend ten minutes replacing those ugly data driven slides with an image that you like looking at?