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3 secrets that make your slides look modern for 2017. What does the term “modern-looking presentation” mean to you? If you asked a group of people that question, I’m sure they’d come up with a wide range of answers. But I’m also sure there’d be some common themes that most people would mention. To me, there are 3 essential tips that make your slides look like they belong in 2017 – rather than back in the 20th century! In fact those 3 tips make your talk not just look modern but also feel that way to your audience.

In outline, those 3 top tips are: I’d say the #1 path to a modern talk is to embrace your audience’s need for social and mobile access. You can go social in 3 steps, listed here from easiest to hardest: a: Don’t ask your audience to put down their mobile phones! Rather than being a “sage on the stage”, be a “guide on the side” By doing that, you’ll make your talk feel far more modern, and you’ll distance it from their memories of school or college, where years ago they were likely lectured at. That way, you get 4 benefits: Like this: Dump text from your slides! Here’s how. How many of your slides serve double duty? Let’s look at an example of what I mean… Suppose you have a slide with several contact numbers and email addresses on it, like the one shown below: Slides like that serve double duty because they’re both: Part of your slideshow during your talkUsed for reference afterwards, because people won’t remember all the details My question is, if people won’t remember what a slide says, why show it during your presentation at all?

By all means, include details like that in a handout for people to refer to later. Many presenters give their audience a copy of their slides to look at afterwards – in effect using their deck as their handout. If your handout contains some “appendix” slides (like the slide above), it’s almost certain you’ll show them during your talk as well.Handouts need to be relatively wordy, because you’re not there to explain the content (as you are during your talk), which means your slides will be wordy too. Like this: Like Loading... Creating Effective Presentation Visuals.

Connecting People With Your Message © iStockphotowingmar Learn how to create stunning visuals. Apple® founder Steve Jobs was known widely for his great presentations. His unveiling of the iPhone® in 2007 is considered to have been one of his best presentations ever, and, if you were one of the millions who watched it online, you'll know why. The presentation was engaging, and passionate. Jobs was particularly well known for building his presentations around powerful visual aids.

He knew that slides are most effective when they tell a story rather than convey information, so his visuals were simple, elegant, and image-based. You don't have to be Steve Jobs to give a great presentation, but you do need great visuals. Why Simplicity Speaks Volumes The saying "A picture is worth a thousand words" is popular for a good reason: the human brain processes information more effectively when it is accompanied by images, or by short, memorable statements.

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