Councillor Phil Murphy of Monmouthshire County Council is a brave man. He’s put three videos of him presenting on to YouTube.
Brave? Yes, he certainly is. His PowerPoint presentations and his presenting style lack a bit of something. They’re certainly not the most graphically or image rich presentations that we have ever seen. But he deserves credit for wanting to promote his finance strategy for the county council.
In an interview with the Free Press he noted that:
“Every year I hold a budget presentation for members of the public to attend, but traditionally the turnout is quite poor. So I sat down with Helen Reynolds from our communications department to discuss a way in which we could get the information out to a wider audience.”
His PowerPoint presentation style was sedentary at best. He looked seated and he probably was. His presentation featured graphs as you might expect from a financial strategy. But they required more explanation. A slow build technique would allow your audience to follow the points you make, Councillor Murphy.
When the Councillor noted:
“You can see from this graph…”
“This table shows how we propose to meet the gap.”
You know that the exact opposite was true.
He’s clearly not a very comfortable presenter when he’s talking directly to the camera. Each one of his videos ends with Councillor Murphy looking away from camera for reassurance. And in his last video he turns away from the camera and has a bit of a chuckle. Some minor editing from his colleague, Helen Reynolds, would make this a slicker performance.
It’s clear, however, that he knows his subject. There’s a clear interest in his subject and he wants his “story” to reach a wider audience than the County Hall in Cwmbran. He wants feedback and questions on the presentation. And his proposed route is via Twitter and their blog. A very modern way of getting feedback for a quite traditional presentation.
The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+
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