Sunday, January 22, 2012
On presentation skills
Somebody attracted my attention today that ACM Membernet Europe in its last issue, has written about me in the section "feature ACM European distinguished speaker". In fact, several months ago somebody from ACM approached me to ask what is the meaning for me of being recognized as ACM Distinguished Speaker,
The truth is that I intended to use this program to tour some exotic places in the universe, but did not have time yet to pursue it, thus I answered that my action after this recognition is to coach and mentor young people about presentation skills. Indeed I have added to courses and seminars I am teaching a pitch about presentations (I am a fan of Steve Jobs' style of presentation), while this is a "soft skill", it is very important in today's world, as the picture above shows - sometimes more than what you say. In Israel we have a tendency to underestimate it, and believe that good content will sell itself, this is also true on product packaging. While some people are naturally good presenters, presentation skills is something that can be learned, and it is very rewarding to see young people catching quickly and producing great presentations (last week a students in a seminar I supervise did very creative presentations).