For law firms, big or small, presentation software
like Microsoft PowerPoint is almost universally available,
yet not often used to its full potential. All too often
lawyers have too many slides, with too many words on
them, in boring sequences of repetitive bullets. Then
they compound the problem by reading the slides word
At this year’s ABA TECHSHOW, two Canadian lawyers,
Dan Pinnington of LawPRO and Simon Chester, partner
at national firm, Heenan Blaikie, provide a crash course
on effective presentations. Their talk, Practical Pointers
for Powerful and Persuasive PowerPoint Presentations,
will help to make anyone a more persuasive presenter
or advocate, whose message is enhanced by PowerPoint
not obstructed by the software.
For Chester, this topic echoes his first appearance
at ABA TECHSHOW. He said, “Back in 1986, ABA TECHSHOW
was based at Infomart in Dallas. I spoke at the Third
Conference, using experimental animated presentation
software that GTE developed. It was a pain to program,
we did an all-nighter to debug it, but the audience
had never seen vibrant colors, animations and the sort
of PowerPoint features we’ve become familiar with”.
He’s looking forward to collaborating with Pinnington.
Pinnington said: “We have all suffered through
really bad presentations, and a fair few of us will
even admit to giving a presentation that was less than
optimal. Even seasoned litigators can go to mush when
there are unexplained technical glitches in the middle
of a presentation. You have to be PowerPoint savvy.
It is an essential skill. This presentation is really
helpful because we share the best practical tips and
tricks we have learned from doing hundreds of presentations."
The PowerPoint twins are only one reason why you’ll
find a lot you can use at this year’s ABA TECHSHOW,
an unparall opportunity to catch a glimpse of how
tomorrow’s tools can make you a better lawyer
and your firm more productive and profitable. For information
on the program, visit http://www.techshow.com