So you just got a mandate from your management to improve the communication and presentation skills of your team(s)…
First thought: Let’s send them for a technical PowerPoint course.
This’ll help them own their presentations right? Wrong.
We have news for you: Teaching your team the technical aspects of PowerPoint is not automatically going to make them better communicators.
Just ask the U.S. Army that said that ‘PowerPoint makes us stupid’. Let’s be realistic, PowerPoint has become so ubiquitous that most people have a basic proficiency with the software.
Yet, a large percentage of the 30million presentations delivered every day take forever to develop and still leave much to be desired. If lack of software knowledge is not the problem, then what is?
Are you sending your team to another unfruitful ‘PowerPoint 101’ Training?
Face it, past teams didn’t improve that much, what makes the next PowerPoint Training any different? What they haven’t yet been taught is how to approach the software and develop a persuasive presentation.
Don’t just master hotkeys, use PowerPoint to communicate better
Here’s a tip, ask your training provider these hard-hitting questions:
- Will participants be able to simplify complex messages?
- Can they apply the concepts for their very next presentation?
- Without the software, will they still be able to develop a good presentation?
If the answer is No:
You’re not sending your team to a communication skills workshop,
but a technical instructional.