Forget powerpoint: present with dance!

Next time you want to present something, use dancers instead of powerpoint.

Sounds crazy? Ah… but I say what a simple and brilliant idea! Think of the amazing possibilities you create with this idea:

  • You present, teach and entertain in a bold new way
  • You turn a boring presentation into a spellbinding session the audience remembers forever
  • Provide extra income for struggling dancers
  • You WILL stand out!

I came across this amazing idea from a TED Talk a friend sent me. And immediately I saw the brilliance behind it, in a creative standpoint.

Apart from the usual bricks like where do we find dancers, where is the space to have them dance, where will the audience focus on, blah blah… that I know some people might immediately throw at such an idea, what do you think? Can you add more possibilities to such an idea?

To all naysayers, let me share a brilliant quote from Einstein:

“If at first the idea does not seem absurd,
there is no hope for it.” 

And this is from the man who used imagination more than just facts to think up mind-boggling, earth-shaking theories that were later accepted by his scientific fraternity.

Absurd ideas are the inspiration behind some of the best creations that eventually led to something of lasting value for us. 50 years ago someone imagined the idea of a small, handheld mobile audio-video communication device. What would most people have said to him? My guess is “Are you nuts?”… or something like that.  Jump ahead a few decades, and today we carry mobile phones with a video-call interface. So who’s nuts now?

Coming back to the idea, what if I told you that the dancers in your presentation need not be in physical form at all, but displayed through images, charts or silhouettes behind you? Or that you be the presenter and dancer at the same time? Impossible? Not in the least! Because the only barrier is in your mind.

We’ve all heard inspirational quotes the likes of “What you can imagine, you can achieve” or “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step”. I’m sure you are familiar with them. If you’re not, you need more social networking and friends on Facebook than you think.

But what do such statements mean if you do NOT act on them for yourself? You have the same set of tools to create new ideas and act on them, just like every successful entrepreneur, artist or genius. So if an “absurd” idea strikes you from nowhere or somewhere, what’s your first reaction? I would say its one these three choices:

  1. Judge it, think it’s too crazy, then dump it.
  2. Do nothing.
  3. Think of possibilities or HOW to make that idea come alive.

People come to me sometimes and say they have no ideas, when faced with a problem. I find that immensely hard to believe. Maybe what they are really saying is, “I don’t want to think.”

No wonder there is so much inertia in organisations today. With a more advanced mind and the technological tools we have at our disposal today to research, share, create  and communicate, it’s simply incredible that some people prefer to sit back and watch the world pass them by, while focusing on more mundane tasks. Or let others do the required thinking and problem-solving.

We live in an age unparalleled in any other time in our history: it is an age of extreme abundance. And there are more ways to solve pressing problems and opportunities to have your ideas heard than ever before. But if everyone is doing this, what can make you stand out from the rest and be seen, heard and remembered?

The simple answer is: by brighter, creative ideas. But you first need to stop judging, then simply accept an idea’s potential, and start creating possibilities. Now is that really too difficult? I’ll let you be the judge of that answer.

Here’s the TED talk and idea I mentioned about presentation + dance:

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