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Do Your Slides Pass the Glance Test? - Nancy Duarte

Do Your Slides Pass the Glance Test? - Nancy Duarte
by Nancy Duarte | 11:00 AM October 22, 2012 An audience can’t listen to your presentation and read detailed, text-heavy slides at the same time (not without missing key parts of your message, anyway). So make sure your slides pass what I call the glance test: People should be able to comprehend each one in about three seconds. Think of your slides as billboards. When people drive, they only briefly take their eyes off their main focus — the road — to process billboard information. Keep It Simple Research shows that people learn more effectively from multimedia messages when they’re stripped of extraneous words, graphics, animation, and sounds. So when adding elements to your slides, have a good reason: Does the audience need to see your logo on each slide to remember who you work for? It’s also important to stick to a consistent visual style in your slide deck. Consider the “before” slide below. Flow. Contrast. White space. Hierarchy. Unity. Related:  PresentationsPresentation Skills

Structure Your Presentation Like a Story - Nancy Duarte by Nancy Duarte | 8:00 AM October 31, 2012 After studying hundreds of speeches, I’ve found that the most effective presenters use the same techniques as great storytellers: By reminding people of the status quo and then revealing the path to a better way, they set up a conflict that needs to be resolved. That tension helps them persuade the audience to adopt a new mindset or behave differently — to move from what is to what could be. Here’s how it looks when you chart it out: And here’s how to do it in your own presentations. Craft the Beginning Start by describing life as the audience knows it. After you set that baseline of what is, introduce your vision of what could be. What is: We fell short of our Q3 financial goals partly because we’re understaffed and everyone’s spread too thin. What could be: But what if we could solve the worst of our problems by bringing in a couple of powerhouse clients? Once you establish that gap, use the rest of the presentation to bridge it

Create a Presentation Your Audience Will Care About - Nancy Duarte by Nancy Duarte | 9:00 AM October 10, 2012 Generating ideas is the easiest part of creating a presentation. The hard part is deciding what to keep. Many of your ideas may be fascinating or clever, but you can’t squeeze them all in — and no one wants to hear them all, anyway. The people in the audience are the stars of your show. Spell out the big idea: Your primary filter should be what I call your big idea: the one key message you must communicate. Try expressing your big idea in a complete sentence to make sure it’s fully baked. Once you’ve spelled out your big idea, generate lots of supporting material to give yourself more to choose from when it’s time to pick your best stuff. By the way, you don’t have to start from scratch when generating content: Dig up other presentations, industry studies, news articles, reports, surveys — anything that’s relevant to your big idea. Wield a sharp hatchet: Once you’ve gathered lots of material, start cutting mercilessly on your audience’s behalf.

3 tips for TED speakers (and other talkers) Organization & Preparation Tips | Garr Reynolds Official Site Before you even open up PowerPoint, sit down and really think about the day of your presentation. What is the real purpose of your talk? Why is it that you were asked to speak? Before you begin to formulate the content of your presentation, you need to ask yourself many basic questions with an eye to becoming the best possible presenter for that particular audience. Who is the audience? What are their backgrounds? What is the purpose of the event? Is it to inspire? Why were you asked to speak? What are their expectations of you? Where is it? Find out everything you can about the location and logistics of the venue. When is it? Do you have enough time to prepare? No matter how great your delivery, or how professional and beautiful your supporting visuals, if your presentation is not based on solid content, you can not succeed. Do not fall into the trap of thinking that in order for your audience to understand anything, you must tell them everything. Simple does not mean stupid.

Disarm Your Audience When You Present - Nancy Duarte by Nancy Duarte | 8:00 AM November 12, 2012 When you walk into a room as a presenter, it’s easy to feel as if you’re the central figure: You’re up front, and people came to hear you. In reality, though, you’re not the star of the show. The audience is. Resistance doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Here are the most common types of resistance and some tips on getting ready for them: Logical resistance: As you plan your presentation, try to come up with arguments against your perspective. Practical resistance: Is it physically or geographically difficult for the audience to do what you’re asking? Anticipating resistance forces you to really think about the people you’re presenting to, and that makes it easier to influence them. If you’re struggling to figure out what kinds of resistance you’ll face, share your ideas with others before you present and ask them to pressure-test the content. Always remember that the people in your audience get to determine whether your idea spreads or dies.

10 Ways to Prepare for a TED-format Talk These 18-minute talks are hard to do. It’s easier to blather on for an hour than talk for a tight 18 minutes knowing that if you go over, you (literally) will get the hook. The talks I give usually take me a comfortable 45 minutes but I needed to get the insights out in 18 minutes. The culling process forces you to convey only the most important information for spreading your idea. I delivered one talk at TEDxEast and was thrilled to look up at the clock just as it was ticking down with :06 seconds left on the clock. Here are the ten steps I went through in rehearsing for my talks. 1. I trimmed and trimmed and trimmed until I felt like it was close to 18 minutes. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

30 Crucial Skills You Need to Be an Amazing Speaker It's the business skill people dread the most--but once you get over the initial jitters, being a good public speaker really isn't that hard. Like most skills, you can become competent, if not great, if you're willing to put in the time for practice and planning. Here are 30 essential skills you must have to be an amazing speaker: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.

Authentic Presentations Take Practice - Nancy Duarte by Nancy Duarte | 12:00 PM November 28, 2012 Lots of us fall into the “smart” trap when presenting: we work so hard to be polished and articulate that we overcompensate and come across as flat, boring, and egg-headed. We’ve all certainly heard (and suffered through) talks like this. So how is it that great communicators manage to engage and entertain their audiences while sounding smart? They’re open and sincere. We all have different personalities, of course. And then, at the other end of the spectrum, there’s Susan Cain, whose style was very subdued when she gave one of the most buzzed-about talks at TED 2012, “The Power of Introverts.” She spoke quietly and convincingly. The funny thing is, it takes practice to be as natural as Steve Ballmer and Susan Cain in front of a group. Use your physical expression to its fullest by: Peeling yourself away from your slides. Opening up your posture. Using gestures to amplify what you’re saying.

Secrets From a TED2013 Speaker: Preparing for the "Talk of One's Life" Designing conference posters - Colin Purrington A large-format poster is a big piece of paper or wall-mounted monitor featuring a short title, an introduction to your burning question, an overview of your novel experimental approach, your amazing results in graphical form, some insightful discussion of aforementioned results, a listing of previously published articles that are important to your research, and some brief acknowledgement of the tremendous assistance and financial support conned from others — if all text is kept to a minimum (less than a 1000 words), a person could fully read your poster in 5-10 minutes. Section content • DOs and DON’Ts • Adding pieces of flair • Presenting • Motivational advice • Software • Templates • Printing • Useful literature • Organizing a poster session What to put in each section Below, I’ve provided rough tips on how many words each of these sections might have, but those guesses are assuming you have a horizontal poster that is approximately 3×4′. Adjust accordingly. DOs and DON’Ts 1. 2. 3.