I’ve got this thing with Slideshare. I feel odd posting presentations that make no sense. What I mean is that my presentations visuals make no sense without my narrative. When I speak my presentation is from me to the audience. The money’s in what I have to say, not what I show. My visuals only accent my message. Consequently my ‘slides’ alone make only a little sense.
For example when you see an image of a question mark or a child standing alone in a field the Slideshare viewer obviously misses something. Sure there are other graphics that can stand on their own but to suggest you’ve experienced my presentation is crazy.
I like to think I’m growing as a speaker.
In my younger days my bullet-ridden Powerpoint slides (always with the classic blue background) doubled as a handout. And speaking was easy: I leaned against the podium, waved a shaky laser pointer and dutifully read along with the listeners. Life was so much simpler.
But now as a presenter I prefer speaking to reading. And as a participant I much prefer listening to reading. This is why I find Slidshare so tricky. The solution, of course, is to record voiceovers for my Keynote presentations. I’ll do that in my free time.