Touch Turn Talk


One of the deal breaker characteristics one needs to possess to be an all-rounder has to be a great presenter.

Over three weeks in the Data school – we had the opportunity to hear it from the guru itself on how to give a great an effective presentation. Getting to sit in a session with Peter Kokinakos has been beneficial as it allowed me to learn something which can be applied to all the possible scenarios on presentation.

Once you have an insightful dashboard or a story prepared, it is imperative that you present it effectively so that audiences can get most out of it. Often, we carry a speech or paper notes to lead our talk, but this method can help in keeping a structure to the presentation without any confusions or following any pointers.

It’s a simple three T’s method. What this does is, gives you a guideline to follow, allowing you enough pauses and keeps your head on to the presentation.

Touch Turn and Talk – essentially it is a guideline to follow throughout the presentation.

Touch – clicking on to the clicker to get to the slide you talking about, this slide will be your guiding point throughout the talk and will help you while you interact with the audience. It helps the audience follow speaker if they missed out on any point, it’s crucial to keep all the relevant points in the slides so that it is to the point.

Turn – turn towards the audience. Once the stage is set, the slide is up on the projector, its show time, here you get few seconds of pause to start for the presentations.

Talk – now start talking. While slide becomes your guide to start the talk, it will also help you keep you in rhythm with the theme of what’s displayed on the screen to what needs to be talked.

How to maintain eye contact with Touch, Turn and Talk method:

  • Align your words with the slides
  • More graphical content
  • Make eye contact with the audience
  • Don’t directly read from the slides – use them as guidelines
  • Get the audience involved

Things to avoid:

  • Too much text
  • Lots of information cramped in one slide
  • Lots of bullet point
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