The power of speech

I am sitting in an airport lounge reflecting on a speech that I just delivered on raising the bar of supply chain strategy. It went well, but no one gave me a standing ovation or anything. It did make me realize what it takes to deliver a great speech. You need to keep the audience engaged with anecdotes and examples and you need to deliver valuable information at every turn. Reading from a bunch of Powerpoint slides does not cut it anymore. They keep the speech too structured and predictable.
The next speech I give will have less slides than I am comfortable with to force me to focus on the content in the delivery not the content on the screen. Great speeches have nothing to do with visuals or gimmicks, they have to do with engaging material and a flow that makes sense. None of us will be perfect, but we certainly should be improving our ability to communicate a message without visual aids.

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