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April 15, 2014



"When I heard Dr. Tyson speak to the absurdity of "sending your talk ahead of time" in this interview, I practically fell out of my chair."

Me too! It's amazing how gifted communicators like Tyson can so easily make a point I've been struggling for years to get across.

I'm glad you liked the video. As soon as he made the connection between jazz and speaking, I thought of your books, Garr. It was great to read your thoughts on it.

Greg Krauska

My experience as a speaker is that clients who ask for my presentation in advance tend to overplay or misinterpret some of the points of the presentation. It creates an awkward challenge for me of respecting how they interpret my content versus staying true to the message I have crafted just for them. I have found that they often miss the nuances that of my presentation, especially because my PowerPoints are more photos and illustrations than words.

So I do not send my presentation in advance anymore.

I would be curious to hear from conference organizers what decisions they make when they receive a presentation in advance and why they insist on doing so.

Johanne Martel

I'm not a professionnal speaker but i do a lot of presentation for scientific people. It's not easy to improvise and go according to the audience reaction. I have done that in a class room but never in a conference room. I do agree that sending your presentation in advance is bizarre ! I never know why they want it in advance. ! Control freak ?

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