In my previous post, I wrote about a situation in which I was confronted with a broken projector, and as such (almost) forced to present “nakedly”. For those who might get wrong thoughts: naked presenting is delivering a presentation without slides (and without hesitation.)
It’s nothing new. The art of storytelling dates from long before PowerPoint and the projector were ever invented. But nowadays, too manypresenters hide themselves behind their slide deck. Although some of the best public speakers I know don’t need (and a few of them don’t use) any visuals to deliver an outstanding talk.
Naked presenting lets you concentrate on your audience and on your message instead of on your Powerpoint-style presentation tools (see also my reasons for not using Prezi.)
For a naked presenter, less is more!
- When you need to invest less time in graphic material preparation, you can spend more time on building your story, and practicing and rehearsing it.
- When you’re relying less upon the laptop in front, you have more space to move around the stage and face the people in the back of the room.
- When you count less on the sexiness of your slides, you may discover the expressive power of your voice and body language.
- When you give them no slides to read from, people will more attentively listen to your words.
- When you put less energy in trying to impress your audience (don’t confuse a naked presenter with an exhibitionist!,) you will probably establish a better emotional contact with them.
If –after all these convincing arguments– you’re still too shy to go full monty in front of your customers, you can leave your hat on... and use a flip chart and a few markers to cover your nakedness.
A final note for those in the audience: things may not always be what they seem. It’s a known fact that even Barack Obama uses a teleprompter on the sly.
If you have some spare time, read the revealing Presentation Zen post about presenting naked by Garr Reynolds, as well as these other articles: