There you are, standing behind the podium, facing a hundred people in the audience. Up on the large bright screen behind you is the display of your Powerpoint presentation for everyone to see. In front of you, perched on the flat surface of the podium desktop, is your laptop, gloriously set in presenter’s mode. You can visually see the current slide and the one coming next. You also have helpful notes for each slide listed under your slide display. Only you can see these.
Welcome to command central. You have full control of the presentation at the end of your fingertips.
One glance down, and you can see your notes and a visual of the upcoming material.
One touch of the arrow button and the slide advances.
The microphone is perched in front of you.
You have connection with the audience.
No more turning around.
Fully in control.
I used to think this was Powerpoint Nirvana. I could see the faces and my slides at the same time. No more turning to read my bullet points.
Yet something was wrong. I suddenly found myself stuck behind a podium, unable to move. [Read more…]