I am assigned to a group that has been tasked to give a presentation. I have worked very hard on becoming a good presenter, taking spare time to study subjectively good presenters/presentations (Steve Jobs, Nancy Duarte, ...) that have been internally promoted as being great presenters that give presentations that we want to emulate in our culture. Our internal culture has been one that values great presentation, encouraging us to study TED talks and give presentations like that.
Some key points we try to build on for our presentations:
- If we use a powerpoint, use very few words
- Try to avoid notes (though if you need them it's ok)
- Talk comfortably (though not necessarily casually)
There is a member of my group that is involved in creating the slide presentation that goes along with our presentation (we must have the slides). They continue to add extremely wordy slides that have information that might be good or not, but can easily be covered by a presenter in their speaking instead of crowding a slide.
How do I bring this up? Do I tell them "We shouldn't have wordy presentations" or "This is distracting from the real presentation: the human presenter"? A lot of presentation do's and dont's are subjective, but we have gone through trainings on how our management wants us to present.