"Power Corrupts. PowerPoint Corrupts Absolutely."--Edward Tufte
* Rather than the loose-leaf notebook, professional speechmakers and presenters more likely have the speech printed in large type as a loose manuscript on the podium. Rather than turning the pages, which is obvious to the audience, they unobtrusively slide the finished pages to one side while maintaining eye contact with the audience.
* Remember, PowerPoint was never used by the great communicators of our time--Winston Churchill, Huey Long, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Suze Ormond, Billy Graham, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Jimmy Swaggert and members of Congress.
* An actor friend of mine once spent a long alcoholic evening with John Carradine, who pointed out that young and inexperienced stage actors who find themselves losing the interest of the audience start to talk louder. Seasoned performers know different. When the audience starts to get restless, they begin to speak softer and softer, forcing the audience to lean forward in order to hear. Once attention has been regained, increase the volume again.
* In short, audiences come to see and hear YOU, not to ooh and aah over your art director's clever PowerPoint slides.
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