Child_conference313Each year I make dozens of presentations at educational events around the world. Nearly every presentation is followed by an audience member asking, “Can I have a copy of your PowerPoint?” Sometimes, they hand me a USB drive.

In the spirit of collegiality I refrain from answering in any of following ways:

I don’t use PowerPoint. I use Keynote and my slides will look crummy on your PC.

• My presentation file is often very large due to embedded video and won’t fit on a USB drive.

• Do you mean PowerPoint slides?

• No, the work is my intellectual property.

I’m flattered that people want a souvenir from my talk, but my slides are a poor simulacrum for attending the actual presentation.

I can’t vouch for every presenter, but I know how hard I work to make my presentations not only informative, but entertaining. A lot of effort is expended in order to hone the performance aspects of my presentation. I work on the narrative arc of each talk. Taking me out of my presentation diminishes its value substantially.

What do attendees intend to do with my slides? Some may use them to job their memory of big ideas presented. Some will present my slides in a professional development context, which will make that workshop or meeting interminably boring. Plus, it deprives me of an opportunity to address that audience in-person or virtually. There have been other cases in which people presented the work of others as their own.

Let’s share!

Slide sharing is increasing in popularity. Every few days someone tells me about a presentation I should see. Based on the recommendation, I point my browser at a site like www.slideshare.com. Once there, I find sides like the following featuring a white rectangle with black text that reads, “Change.” Boy, that really captures the nuance of a presentation I didn’t see.

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I make tons of content freely available via my web site, www.stager.org and this blog. I am happy to share my time, knowledge and ideas with colleagues. I answer questions from teachers and students via email. I speak at all sorts of events. As time permits, I  even share video and audio podcasts of presentations via my web site. Then at least my ideas will be shared with the context, inflection and even jokes I intended.

I’m just not my slides!


A version of this article was originally published in June 2008.

I can’t wait to join you at ACEC 2010 this April 6-9 in Melbourne as a keynote speaker. 2010 marks my 20th anniversary of working in Australia and Keynote debate at NECC 2009ACEC ’92 was the first conference I ever keynoted – in Melbourne coincidentally! I’ve been the keynote for at least one other biennial ACEC Conference (perhaps 2), since.

I know how many of my Aussie, Kiwi and other non-American friends had wished they could have voted in US presidential elections – the world might be a better place. However, there is one US election where your vote counts.

I am a finalist to be a keynote speaker at this June’s International Society for Technology in Education Conference (ISTE) in Denver. A keynote speaker will be selected by you, the voter!

This is quite the honor!

The other finalists are Peter Reynolds, Chris Lehmann, Alan November and Jeff Piontek.

Please vote  here (http://bit.ly/3nvfV9)

Voting ends on Friday January 15th (US time). Don’t miss out! Help put the “I” into ISTE!

Wow!

I am a finalist to be a keynote speaker at this June’s International Society for Keynote debate at NECC 2009Technology in Education Conference (ISTE) in Denver.

This is quite the honor!

aThe other finalists are Peter Reynolds, Chris Lehmann, Alan November and Jeff Piontek.

Please vote  here (http://bit.ly/3nvfV9)

Voting ends on Friday January 15th. Don’t miss out!

I finally got around to making my contribution to the NECC 2009 Keynote Debate available without viewers having to wade through two hours of video.

Gary Stager Excerpts from NECC ’09 Keynote Debate from Gary Stager on Vimeo.

Read  a transcript of the keynote address and my reflections on the event, Recipe for a Disruptive Keynote.