background preloader

Presentations

Facebook Twitter

Google's CEO Doesn't Use Bullet Points and Neither Should You. Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently announced at the company's 2017 developers conference that Google is "rethinking all our products" as it moves from a mobile-first world to an "A.I.

Google's CEO Doesn't Use Bullet Points and Neither Should You

-first" one. His presentation also reflected a rethinking of traditional presentation style. Senior managers and executives at Google have told me that visual storytelling plays an important role in getting their messages across. In fact, Google's employees are being trained to present in a bolder, fresher style--less text heavy and more visual. "Since stories are best told with pictures, bullet points and text-heavy slides are increasingly avoided at Google," Pichai said at the conference. One researcher concludes that the average PowerPoint slide contains 40 words.

For example, Pichai's first slide had seven logos of Google's primary products (search, YouTube, Android, etc.) and the following text: "1 Billion+ Users. " Pichai and Google's slide designers are creating brain-friendly presentations. 6 Presentation Mistakes Every Professional Should Avoid. “There’s this one guy at my company who…” So began my in-flight conversation about presentations and presentation mistakes.

6 Presentation Mistakes Every Professional Should Avoid

This happens a lot. 10 tips for better slide decks. When your slides rock, your whole presentation pops to life.

10 tips for better slide decks

At TED2014, David Epstein created a clean, informative slide deck to support his talk on the changing bodies of athletes. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED. 10 tips for better slide decks. 3 Quick And Easy Steps For Crafting A Rousing Toast In Minutes. Whether at a company party, family celebration, or just a night out with friends, chances are you’ll be hearing a toast or two this holiday season.

3 Quick And Easy Steps For Crafting A Rousing Toast In Minutes

Toasts might not seem like a big deal, but they are important rituals of connection that bring us together. Why A Good Story Is The Most Important Thing You'll Ever Sell. The fascination with stories has been a hallmark of mankind across cultures.

Why A Good Story Is The Most Important Thing You'll Ever Sell

From the cave paintings of Neanderthal Man to the hieroglyphics of the Egyptians to the Greek epics that were handed down the centuries, stories have recorded history, passed on wisdom, and set rules for moral behavior. What is Story-Selling? “Story selling” is an attempt by marketers to combine the art of story-telling with the process of selling. Story-sellers weave stories around their brands, stories that make users come begging for more.

10 tips for better slide decks. Aaron created this slide deck for a recent presentation on how TED’s tech team avoids problems by preparing well for all the possible pitfalls.

10 tips for better slide decks

He picked this stunning image—of a container ship about to tip—to begin it. View the whole slidedeck from this presentation. As We Speak_Book Summary. How to Craft an Elevator Speech That Makes a Big Impact. How Not to Introduce a Speaker. HBR material. 5 Keys to End Your Speech with a Great Call-to-Action. The signature of a persuasive speech is a clear call-to-action.

5 Keys to End Your Speech with a Great Call-to-Action

Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story. Business Story-Telling - Communication Skills Training from MindTools. Using Stories to Inspire Learn how to tell stories that will help you sell products, build trust, or inspire your team. © iStockphoto How many times have you been enthralled by a good story?

Business Story-Telling - Communication Skills Training from MindTools

Maybe you stayed up late to read a novel that you couldn't put down, or watched a movie that you couldn't switch off? Perhaps you pushed yourself harder because you heard a story about a colleague's success, or you changed your opinion after reading a distressing story in a newspaper? Stories can change the way we think, act, and feel. Stories can be powerful business tools, and successful leaders use them to engage their teams. Jennifer Aaker: The Seven Deadly Sins of Storytelling. Daniel H.

Jennifer Aaker: The Seven Deadly Sins of Storytelling

Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, writes, “Right-brain dominance is the new source of competitive advantage.” Tapping the right side of the brain allows for deeper engagement by uniting an idea with an emotion. The best way to do this? Tell a compelling story. Before you craft your story, ask yourself: “Who is my audience and what is my goal in engaging them?” While the reason you are telling a business story may be quite different from the reason you tell a story at a party, the same techniques apply. The science of stage fright (and how to overcome it) - Mikael Cho. The “Fight or flight” response is a natural process that is designed to protect your body from harm.

The science of stage fright (and how to overcome it) - Mikael Cho

When you think about negative consequences, a part of your brain, the hypothalamus, activates and triggers the pituitary gland to secrete the hormone ACTH. This hormone stimulates the adrenal glands in your kidneys and results in the release of adrenaline into your blood. It is at this point in the process when many of us experience the reactions of this process. Your neck and back muscles contract (forcing your head down and your spine to curve) moving your posture into a slouch. Breathing and stretching before going on stage activates the hypothalamus and sends out hormones to trigger a relaxation response. Watch this video of Steve Jobs presenting the first iPhone. Barbara Minto's Pyramid Principle by Xianxi NING on Prezi. The Body Language Infographic. Five Presentation Mistakes Everyone Makes - Nancy Duarte.

By Nancy Duarte | 2:00 PM December 12, 2012 We all know what it’s like to sit through a bad presentation. We can easily spot the flaws — too long, too boring, indecipherable, what have you — when we watch others speak. The thing is, when we take the stage ourselves, many of us fall into the same traps. Here are five of the most common, along with some tips on how to avoid them. 1. To unearth the emotional appeal of your ideas, ask yourself a series of “why” questions. Presentations. How to Give a Killer Presentation. A little more than a year ago, on a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, some colleagues and I met a 12-year-old Masai boy named Richard Turere, who told us a fascinating story. His family raises livestock on the edge of a vast national park, and one of the biggest challenges is protecting the animals from lions—especially at night.

Richard had noticed that placing lamps in a field didn’t deter lion attacks, but when he walked the field with a torch, the lions stayed away. From a young age, he’d been interested in electronics, teaching himself by, for example, taking apart his parents’ radio. Duarte Blog. Just a couple more stops until the Death Star. @sean_voegeli. Guide to Persuasive Presentations. How TED Changed Business Communication Forever. Duarte: Secret structure of great talks. Lessons From Great Storytellers: LinkedIn Speaker Series with Nancy Duarte. Great ideas can change the world. But, they can only do so when effectively communicated. A powerful story is one of the best ways we can share our world-changing ideas. From cave paintings dating back to 15,000 BC to the next hit movie, stories fascinate us.

They draw us in, move us and inspire us to act. Whether you’re on the frontline engaging customers or a manager inspiring your team at a kickoff meeting, becoming a better storyteller will help you become a more effective business professional. Recently, we welcomed Nancy Duarte, a renowned storytelling expert and LinkedIn Influencer, to participate in the LinkedIn Speaker Series. 1. Act 1 – The beginning of the story establishes the status quo (“what is”) and establishes your credibility with the audience. How to Present to Senior Executives - Nancy Duarte. By Nancy Duarte | 11:00 AM October 4, 2012. What Would Steve Do? 10 Lessons from the World’s Most Captivating Presenters. 7 Lessons From the World's Most Captivating Presenters [SlideShare] It’s 7:54 on a frigid January morning in San Francisco.

You’re waiting outside the Moscone Center, in a queue of several thousand people, many of whom have been camping out in the cold for over 12 hours. The security detail for this event rivals the Democratic National Convention.