When PowerPoint fails, you still have the most important asset in your presentation: yourself. Speak from your heart.
What happens if you cannot use your well-prepared PowerPoint presentation in an important meeting?
Last time I had to deliver a speech, I had prepared many things, including researching some materials, creating a PowerPoint presentation, practising my speech, and of course coming to the meeting earlier.
PowerPoint didn’t work
I arrived at the meeting venue, set up the laptop, data projector, and my Power Point presentation, etc. Everything worked well. However, when I was about to deliver my presentation, I couldn’t open the PowerPoint presentation! O my gosh…
I tried different things, but I still couldn’t open it. Fortunately, I knew what I wanted to say. I had the structure in my head, and I could improvise. As I lost the access to my PowerPoint presentation, an important tool to deliver my presentation, I just had to be flexible and speak from my heart. I drew my experience and related it back to the audience.
New learning experience
Here are some things that I have learnt:
- It is good to have PowerPoint presentation. Nonetheless, remember that PowerPoint presentation is only a tool. The most important tool is yourself.
- If your PowerPoint presentation somehow doesn’t work, it is fine.
- Be flexible
- Speak from your heart
- Share your own experience and relate it to the audience