Devin Bambrick

3 minutes

Present For The Hell Of It.

By now, you’re sick of Wordle. You’ve seen those ubiquitous yellow and green squares on Twitter, on your uncle’s Facebook page, and even on click-thirsty LinkedIn campaigns. 

But weeks ago, just before the gridded word game hit meme status, the team at LOCAL became early Wordle adopters. It didn’t take long for us to commandeer one of our Slack channels and turn it into an ongoing Wordle symposium, running a daily scoreboard, posting articles about its New York Times acquisition, and arguing over opening word strategies. 

How did a simple word game become a pillar of our virtual work culture? It started with a slapdash Keynote delivered during our weekly strategy huddle. 

Breaking Out of the Grid

It’s easy to let decks become intimidating. After all, for many of us they’re usually the culmination of hundreds of hours of interviews, meetings, and revisions. The result is that they can feel like holy relics—bound by brand guidelines and rigid agendas. And let’s face it: public speaking is a daunting prospect for most of us. 

That’s why we carve out time for low-stakes presentations at LOCAL. Hastily prepared, poorly designed, and rowdily delivered, these sessions provide a window into the things we’re excited about, the useless knowledge we’ve accrued, and the people we are outside of work.

But more importantly, these presentations provide a safe venue for developing our voice as presenters. Finding the fun helps us strengthen our storytelling muscles, ease nerves, find our unique voice as presenters. Then, when we’re in front of our clients, we can bring some of our natural rhythm into the mix. 

No Topic Too Dumb 

Looking to incorporate informal presentations into your own culture? Start silly. 

Try and win your coworkers over to your favorite TV show. Make the case for your favorite sandwich. Explain the difference between your two cats’ personalities. As long as you’re passionate about the topic, you’re golden. 

Who knows? Your presentation could end up leading to your workplace’s next obsession.