I used to be the PowerPoint master.  I’d be able to whip out 60 slides for a 3 hour presentation in a few hours.

In fact I was so good at making PowerPoint presentations that the National Association of REALTORS and real estate licensing authorities were bringing me in to teach their educators how to insert videos into their presentations, how to create standout slides, and deliver them in a fun and entertaining way.

Presentation3It wasn’t until realized that coming prepared with a slide deck of 60 slides made an assumption that my audience needed to know what I knew in the order I assumed  they needed to know it.

In other words if I was a doctor and you came in for a visit explaining you had a cough and I started giving you medicine without asking you very specific questions then I have instantly committed malpractice.

If my prescription before diagnosis didn’t cause any harm then no big deal, right?  


I could have wasted someone’s time out of their day on an meeting for an appointment.  I could have wasted their money on the prescription.  And, I took a risk that if my prescription was wrong I could have harmed them.  Essential coming with a slide deck ahead of time wastes other’s time because only 10 out of 60 might have been what the audience wanted and the other 50 were more for the presenter.

What is better than PowerPoint, Prezi, Haiku Deck and Keynote?

After all these are what the professionals use, right?


The number one presentation tool for professional speakers is Doceri.

This tool creates a digital whiteboard effect that allows you to answer questions on the projection screen, solve problems using process visuals, and list key concepts or websites so that others can follow along.  It’s a tool for problem solving, decision making, and retention acceleration.

It creates the, “I can’t wait to see what he/she writes next.”

You can use Doceri with the other presentation tools and it works just fine.   If you don’t you have no other way to visualize key concepts without thumbing back and forth between slides or relying on the spoken word.

If you want to see how this tool works I’m doing a session called “iPad Delivery” at the Global Speakers Summit in Vancouver this year.



Organizations bring in Doug Devitre from St. Louis, Missouri USA when they want to dramatically increase operational performance, create breakthrough value propositions, and serve customers beyond geographical constraints on a minimal budget. For more than a decade he has been setting trends with how organizations engage customers with social media, video marketing, and custom-built software applications. Doug’s book Screen to Screen Selling published by McGraw Hill pioneered the way sales professionals sold homes without being physically present before the COVID-19 pandemic. He is one of a select few who have earned the Certified Speaking Professional Designation from the National Speakers Association and has experience as a REALTOR.

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