How to Stop Giving Terrible Presentations

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Do not bore us with facts.

"People think it's all about facts. I saw a guy who stood up and presented so many facts that I wanted to kill myself. He was brilliant. But how did that benefit me?" Surace says. "If you say, 'I'm going to present 19 slides on the technology we make at Timbuck Widgets,' nobody cares. It's boring. What they do want to hear is how you're going to make their life better. They wasted 30 minutes of their life to listen to you. Show them how these facts are going to change their lives."