Say cheese

A good presentation should start with a memorable opening. And taking the wisdom “a memory may slip away, but a picture is forever” literally, this presenter made sure his appearance would be memorized.

After mounting on stage (at a product launch event), the speaker dug up his smartphone and took a picture of the room in front of him, telling the audience that this was such an important day for him and for his company that he wanted to cherish it for the rest of his life – and be able to look back at this milestone 50 years from today…

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So, from now on, you may add the (not so) memorable two words “say cheese” to your list of opening sentences, and – to make the memory collective – share the photo afterwards with you audience.

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What you say and what you show

In technology and business we often use many words and complex sentences to make (fundamentally) simple statements. Many times, a well thought visual can be much more effective to present and convey information in a clear and compelling way. And furthermore, using pictures in your presentation is also the ideal remedy to prevent you from reading your slides out loud.

Below are a few examples of how an image can help you present your message simple and sweet, and make what you show complementary to what you say.

What you say:

“Do you want a small investment and a high return? You can get started in this business with a limited amount of money. You’ll gain back a multiple of your investment and start profiting in no time.”

What you show:

What you say:

“Service providers are migrating from distinct networks for voice, data and video services to a single broadband infrastructure based upon the Internet Protocol. Moving to an all-IP network is key to agile and cost-effective service creation, deployment and operations.”

What you show:

What you say:

“One of our goals is to transform the company. From a heavy and hierarchical organization to a lighter and flatter one. From a control driven culture to a self-regulating community adhering to a common code of conduct.”

What you show:

It’s maybe an old wisdom, but still so true: a picture tells more than a thousand words!