I've just spent the weekend looking at videos of presenters on YouTube, and have to say that I'm not overly impressed with the hype that many so called professionals make when it comes to effective presentations. Many of these presentations claim a magic formula or system to make your an effective presenter, 1'000 tips, secrets of success, this seminar will change your life forever and on and on. What all these hype merchants have in common is they all want to make money by mistyfying a subject that many people are anxious about and offering a get cured fast scheme to all those people who want to present more effectively.
My conclusion is that these people are no different that the snake oil sellers of the past, there is no magic bullet, good practice yes, robust methodology definately, guaranteed results, never.
So, what am I going to do about it? well I'm going to deflate these snake oil salesmens balloons by publishing some video lessons on my blog and YouTube shortly, for free with no strings attached. These lessons will be frequent and cover all aspects of presenting from anxiety through to Powerpoint, so bookmark this blog, and lets move great presentation skills up a notch.