Conversations, Not Slides, Add Value
My feeling is that PowerPoint is of itself a monologue.
(And even in Presidential addresses, the more interesting stuff comes at the end when the reporters get to ask questions.)
(Source: TechRepublic, Want To Have Better Meetings? Ditch PowerPoint.)
While I don't think you should completely ditch your slides, they certainly shouldn't be the main focus.
I introduced webinars to our team and to the company's community. We'd put together a set of slides (mostly sales-oriented), then read the slides to the attendees.
A waste of time.
So, earlier this year, I decided to change things up.
We'd highlight a handful of key concepts and list them on a slide. Next, we'd invite two people to discuss these concepts. Finally, we'd tell the registrants / attendees that they'd have the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar. Not at the end but when it made the most sense - as the topic was being discussed.
It went from a one-way dialog to a fire-side chat with instant engagement. Have a question? We'd open up the line and you would ask the question directly.
The slides were available as a downloadable PDF document following the webinar.
I would post the slides up on the site and people could grab them and do what they wanted with them.
But the value was in the conversation.
Time to get caught up on all things Liverpool.