When I start a speech, generally after every other speaker has used a number of slides, I explain to the audience, “You’ll find that I don’t use PowerPoint. There is a reason for that. I believe you have to be your own PowerPoint in life. You can’t walk around with a group of slides over your shoulder explaining what you want people to remember. You have to live, breathe, show, and emote the effect you want to have on people.”
That’s taking nothing away from those who effectively use the technology. I just chose another approach in presentations so that I:
1) differentiate myself from others
2) rely on my physicality, choice of words, and mindset to communicate
3) practice what I preach (i.e. professional presence and executive effectiveness)
Next time you present, try it without any props except your own preparation and brilliance. You might find out that you explain yourself better than any technology can add to your speech.
P.S. If you have comments or questions, please feel free to contact me.