Daily Archives: January 30, 2014

Tweak Your Slides’ 200th Post: The Quotable Pope






Today marks my 200th post on Tweak Your Slides! In honor of this, I’ll share my Slideshare pick of the day with you.


This month, one of my campus students is developing his Ignite presentation on why Pope Francis shows us all that inspirational leadership can still come from someone in a seat of power. My students, like many millenials, are disillusioned by and distrust authority. These are the students who grew up in the age of Monica Lewinsky scandals, Enron fraud debacles, BP oil spills, bipartisan-bickering national inertia, and a religious leader quitting the job that he was supposedly divinely-chosen to do. So, it’s no wonder that young people today seek inspiration away from power, away from traditional figures of authority.

This changed almost immediately since Pope Francis, who became the spiritual leader of the Catholic church in March of 2013, began his papacy. It seems that the “people’s pope” as he has been dubbed has the unique ability to inspire despite and beyond faith, age, or value-based perspective. Regardless of what your religious or faith-based beliefs are, it cannot be denied that Francis has done was very few before him were able to do–speak through faith and to humanity. Today’s deck, created by designer Edhan Small, features 12 inspirational quotes by Pope Francis. It speaks to an important lesson in presenting and communicating–to earn your audience’s respect, you must draw from common ground and shared values. What appeals to young people about Francis is his willingness to put humanity above religion, to put humility above authority, and to put open-mindedness above dogma. Check out the deck below.

Note: this is by no means an attempt to endorse a particular world view or faith, simply another study of how good communication works to appeal to an audience.

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