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One of the best and worst inventions connected with training has to be the "slide show." I remember when I first discovered slide shows. I loved the creative possibilities. Being a visual learner, I immediately liked what it could do for me. Now, 16 years later, I have mixed feelings. I've experienced too many boring training sessions where the slide show, not the trainer, led the session.
Too often people end up reading their slides, instead of using them to create interest and help make information memorable. Now I challenge myself to step away from the slide show and select action rather than talking to a slide. I limit the slides in my training and presentations to simply create visual interest and reinforcement. Now, I use music and movement to get people actively participating, instead of passively listening. Whenever I think about reading a slide, I remember the power of stepping away and choosing interaction.