Can any topic be made compelling with good presentation skills?

by Terry Gault

Well, there may be a topic that CANNOT be compelling with good presentation skills … but I don’t know what that might be.

Here’s an example of one our clients who delivers a terrific and fun presentation on the topic of Fair Division.

The Presenter:
Mark Probst is a Software Engineer at Xamarin.  Xamarin provides a platform for mobile application development as well as a cloud-based testing service to ensure high quality application performance.  As they state on their site:

We knew there had to be a better way to create apps.  We created Xamarin because we knew there had to be a better way – a better way to design apps, to develop apps, to integrate apps, to test apps and more. We’re developers, so we know what developers want from mobile app development software: a modern programming language, code sharing across all platforms, prebuilt backend connectors and no-compromise native user interfaces.

Xamarin has been a client since the spring of 2013 and I think I can safely describe the experience of working with them as a ‘love fest’.  I love working with the folks at Xamarin and they seem to love the experience of working with The Henderson Group.

I have coached Mark on this and other presentations at Xamarin.  This particular presentation was an Ignite talk done as part of their internal Xummit conference this last spring in Orlando.

When I saw this video, I truly felt like a ‘proud papa.’  Mark did such a good job that I told him:

I am blown away.  This is REALLY good.  You took a very complex topic and made it easy to follow and fun.  I love the visuals, your humor, your vocal energy and use of pause.  The talk is completely free of verbal filler.

In particular, his vocal energy and use of pause give him a powerful presence.  In addition, the talk is well structured with a strong opening and conclusion.  Mark generously agreed to let us post this video here.  He stated:

I never put so much work into such a short presentation before, which definitely paid off.  And your help, as well as feedback from David Siegel, were invaluable.


How to Split a Pizza from Mark Probst on Vimeo.


One thought on “Can any topic be made compelling with good presentation skills?

  1. Anastasia L. Schuster

    Brilliant and interesting explanation. The graphics were great! Simple, enjoyable and memorable.

    Mark did indeed do a great presentation and his use of pause was very effective. No doubt helped along from a great instructor – wink wink…


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