We had about 10 people who were each given a random deck of PowerPoint slides, and they were given about three minutes to present a presentation using their slides. It was all in good fun, and we had some very interesting takes on the topics.
It is a great way to both practise your impromptu speaking skills, and to have some practise with PowerPoint.
Here is how I did it:
- Draw for random speaking order
- Draw for random topic order – I didn’t want to be too nasty and give somebody a topic that they knew absolutely nothing about, so they could select topics beforehand. I also gave them 3 minutes to prepare – basically while the previous speaker was speaking. If you are feeling nasty, give them a topic just before they speak, and let them go – much as for a Toastmasters table topic session
- Each speaker got 3 minutes to speak. Timing lights at 2, 2.5 and 3 minutes
- I used the Toastmasters Table topics contest form as a “judging form”
- You are basically pretty free to make up the rules, so the above is what I did; feel free to adapt and let me know what works for you.
Here are all the decks that I used:
Each deck was approximately 5 slides long. Note that they are not “real” slide decks, but made up to give the speaker something to play with. Some of the topics are a little off the wall.
- Are you in the right job?
- Are computers scaring us?
- Where will you work next year?
- Exponential growth
- Modern Goal Setting
- Motivating Others
- Understanding your customers
- Marketing for beginners
- Social networking for idiots
- Tips for making email friends
- Finding a good mate
Many people have asked me for a copy of the slides so that they can present the Karaoke contests at their own clubs, so here they are. Please feel free to steal and disseminate. My only request is to let me know how it goes.
Please note that I have created these slide decks from a variety of publicly available material and slides that I have built up over the years. If I have inadvertently used copyright material, please let me know and I will remove it.
Finally, thanks so much to Imation for sponsoring the event. They gave us memory sticks and tee shirts as prized. The sticks are 1 gig, and about 1cm square – really cute. They also gave me an amazing remote wireless projector adapter. This little device plugs into your USB port on one end, and the projector on the other, and voila, you have a wireless projector!
Leave a comment and let me know how your session goes!