I did a presentation at a conference on the weekend to about 100 beauty clinic owners. So for the first time, I decided to do it Seth Style and make it an emotional experience. 2 days before the conference, the organisers asked for my presentation so they could "load it into the system". Fine. Sure. OK.
I got up on stage, they loaded my presentation, put it up on the big screens and to my horror, they had applied their beige template throughout my presentation. Worse still, they had removed images, deleted the authors of quotes and even bullet pointed a 3line quote into 3 bullet points!
Talk about a great way to not feel comfortable with what you are presenting on. But just think how the audience must have felt having to sit there for 2 days looking at the same beige template. I was horrified!
There are times for templates. Templates are designed to ensure the information is always the same. But templates are boring. No one gets excited about a template. Maybe why my presentation was not so exciting anymore.
Interestingly enough, I decided to cut my presentation in half and just stopped and handed it over to the audience. The best way to tailor make a presentation is to get them to tell you what they want to learn about.
Anyway, here's the first slide of my presentation. No beige. And for me it was an emotional experience.