I thought this post would be the easiest to write, in the series of Six Trends in the Future of Presentations.
Incredibly hard! I’ve been struggling with it for one week…
What is Fun? Is putting a silly hat and making jokes fun? Mmmm, NO!
(By the way,the title of this picture is fun « overexcited nerd »)
What is NOT Fun? Serious-Hard-Tedious-Soporific-Moralistic-Preaching-Self-centered-Righteous-Perfection-BORING!
Why is Fun so hard? It’s because it’s often unpredictible. If I tell you I’m going to write a post about fun , I find myself seriously paralyzed by the injunction I need to find funny stuff to say…
Why is it so powerful in presentation? It makes us human and alive! And we’re craving for humanity in our virtual world…
What is Fun? Fun is the « E » in TED. Fun is Entertaining.Fun is humour. Fun is play. Fun is light. Fun is creative. Fun is joy. Fun is freedom. Fun is free!
Here are The TED Commendments – Rules that every speaker needs to know, thanks to Tim Longhurst.
- Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick
- Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before
- Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion
- Thou Shalt Tell a Story
- Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the Sake of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy
- Thou Shalt Not Flaunt thine Ego. Be Thou Vulnerable. Speak of thy Failure as well as thy Success.
- Thou Shalt Not Sell from the Stage: Neither thy Company, thy Goods,
thy Writings, nor thy Desparate need for Funding; Lest Thou be Cast
Aside into Outer Darkness.
- Thou Shalt Remember all the while: Laughter is Good.
- Thou Shalt Not Read thy Speech.
- Thou Shalt Not Steal the Time of Them that Follow Thee
What is NOT fun? You would think statistics, graphs, data, figures are not fun.Or announcing the decline of Occident.Think again!Have you ever heard and watched Hans Roesling talk about statistics and the rise of Asia?
So you’ve got it. Anything can be fun, entertaining. Even the most boring business report.
Why is Fun so hard? Especially when we’re speaking in public.
we want to be taken seriously! We present our personal selves in front
of others, publicly…at work!
- Work is supposed to be a serious place, (Working is for adults-Playing is for Children…)
- We don’t want to make a fool of ourselves!
- We want to be in control and « masters » of the situation!
- We’re supposed to be the Experts…
- We don’t want to show the others that in fact…we don’t know
- We are afraid of humiliation in front of our peers
Why is fun so powerful in presentations? And especially online?
« Le rire est le propre de l’homme » Rabelais Laughter is unique to man said Rabelais(and not » laughter is the cleanser of man », like I found in Wikipedia!)…although laughter can clean the soul…
When we’re funny and making people laugh, we are saying:
« Hey! I am a human being! Just like you! »
We make mistakes. We fail.We’re authentic. REAL. VULNERABLE. ALIVE.
Opposed to the remote and virtual perfect image on our desktops…
Fun has become part of our life, personally, socially and professionally.
- Just read Peter Bregman ‘s article in The very academic Harvard Business Review « How to Make Problem Solving Fun? »
- Or Michael Deutch in the Mindjet ‘s blog « Become a presentation Superhero »
- And a last one, before this post gets too long, Carmine Gallo in Business Week « Your next presentation Should borrow from Broadway ».
What are you waiting for?
When you prepare for Your Next presentation:
- Make it Simple
- Make it Short
- Make it Personal
- Make it Interactive
- Make it Collaborative
- Make it Fun!
And I’m still working hard on point 2!
You will find, among many others, Olivia Mitchell, Steve Cherches, Cliff Atkinson, Rich Hopkins,Tony Ramos sharing stories on what they have done to add fun to a presentation.
You can share your own stories right now, in the comment box just for you!
Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve