As Shakespeare’s Hamlet said “Words, words, words.” It’s all talk without some context or structure.
When trying to solve a problem, when trying to convey the relationships of a business process or information flow through a system, when trying to communicate with a customer, nothing works so well as a diagram* to help get the point across.
In a recent customer engagement, a speaker’s sixty slides spread conversational confusion like kudzu, spawning discussion and debate down a number of different branches.** As the next presenter up, I started with a blank screen and a drawing tool, then drew some circles and lines to anchor us all in the reality. The conversation was brief, understood and agreed by all, and led to a meaningful, focused, and brief demonstration to prove out the diagram.
There’s a reason the back of the envelope exists- problems are solved there; multimillion dollar ideas are born there. And it may be all your audience can consume in one session.
Getting them aligned with one idea is a great success for any meeting.