Presentation Design 101 Keep audiences visually engaged with a slick, well-designed presentation. If you’ve ever had to present to a group of people, you know how intimidating it can be. You know things can go wrong. Your voice can give out, your laptop can fail, and your left leg can shake uncontrollably. These things can just… happen. This is the first slide of a bad presentation. Now, you might never have learned how to create a good presentation — one that’s guaranteed to engage any audience — or you might’ve been fed some bad advice over the years that’s led you astray. If that’s the case, we forgive you. But after you read this article, you’ll have no excuse. Why does this stuff matter? Simply put, an engaging visual presentation takes a lot of the pressure off you, the speaker, to deliver something people actually want to listen to. Give them the boring slides with Times New Roman and they’ll assume you’re boring before you even open your mouth. Close Not sure how to use this article? 01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06.
Presentation Zen Preparation- Reynolds 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? What does the audience expect? In your opinion, what are the most important parts of your topic for the audience to take away from your, say, 50-minute presentation? 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.
*The Presenter’s Hat (Barbara Braxton) I recently read and reviewed Luke, a wonderful addition to the wonderful Stuff Happens series which is “a contemporary reflected-reality fiction series for young boys aged 7 to 11 years old”. In this episode written by James Valentine, Luke suffers from glossophobia – the fear of public speaking. At the same time I was reading it, I was preparing a full-day presentation for newbie teacher librarians and I realised that while sharing my thoughts with others, either in person or in writing, is not difficult for me, there are many in the profession who are like Luke. Thus, when the profession’s leaders call for advocacy and tell us it is our job to speak up to ensure that our learning communities know what it is we do, this can be an anathema for many or at least, something with which they are very uncomfortable. Know your audience This is the most critical element because it shapes not only what you will speak about but also how you will say it. Know your topic Know how to present
11 Secrets of Highly Persuasive Speakers A highly persuasive speaker targets to steer the audience to accomplish an explicit action or convert the audience to adopt the assumption or opinion of the speaker. As a tycoon, understanding the art of persuasion could be a treasured talent. Whether you are giving a sales presentation, or in the boardroom, or in a conference or in a company meeting, winning the audience could be a feeling of triumph. After a great examination and research here are few doctrines that appear to be evident in a highly persuasive speaker, whether in a public speaking conference, workshops or seminars. 1. They appear confident. Seeming confident is one of the most imperative parts of being persuasive. 2. At most conferences, the way a persuasive speaker is introduced that make the audience look forward to hearing his story. 3. The most important tool for maximizing interface between the speaker and the audience is the body language of the speaker or the presenter. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
10 Powerpoint Tips for Preparing a Professional Presentation Presentations, whether made with PowerPoint or another tool, are a great way to support a talk, visualize complicated circumstances or focus attention on the subject. 10 Tips for Making Better PowerPoint Presentations with Office 2016 10 Tips for Making Better PowerPoint Presentations with Office 2016 Microsoft PowerPoint continues to set new standards. New features in PowerPoint 2016 manifest its top spot as the best option for smart and creative presentations. Read More Meanwhile, a foul presentation can achieve the opposite. Poorly designed slides with walls of text or oversized blurry graphics can distract or irritate your audience. Here’s is a small guide that will help you create presentations with a professional look and concise content, avoiding the most common mistakes. Design The first thing that gives a professional touch to any presentation is the design. 1. Don’t copy & paste slides from different sources. To that end, use a basic template or make your own. 2. Match colors.
beyond bullets 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. 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. Instead, streamline the text and incorporate simple visual elements (and save teleprompter text for the “notes” field, which the audience can’t see). Flow. Contrast. White space. Hierarchy. Unity.
30 Legendary Startup Pitch Decks and What You Can Learn From Them If you need to raise funding from VCs for your startup, the first step is to create a pitch deck. A pitch deck is a brief presentation that provides investors with an overview of your business, whether it’s showcasing your product, sharing your business model, giving a look into your monetization strategy, and introducing your team. A pitch deck is an essential fundraising tool, whether you’re looking to raise $50,000, $500,000 or $50 million. Despite the brevity of the presentations, which usually run for 10 slides or less, creating a pitch deck that wins investment is no easy task. If you’ve never done it before and you’re a first-time entrepreneur, it can be incredibly daunting. [optin-monster-shortcode id=”wmbk2knscaogqu1vrezz”] To help you with this daunting task, we’ve taken cues from top startups who’ve raised money from angel investors and VCs with effective pitch decks. Read Also: How To Create A Winning Business Proposal Clients Will Say Yes To I’m sure you’ve heard of them. 2.
*Brain Rules for Presenters We know that it takes you about 10 minutes to lose an audience if you’re just giving a normal talk. So at the nine-minute-and-59-second mark, you have to do something fairly radical. In fact, you should do it within 30 seconds of your first words, but certainly at nine minutes and 59 seconds. And here is where we can get into some brain science. I think anybody who does speeches at all ought to really understand that the brain processes meaning before it processes detail. So at nine minutes and 59 seconds, you’ve got to address one of those six questions or you’ll lose your audience. More links:Attention Brain Rule Brain Rules for Presenters on SlideShare (thanks to Garr Reynolds, author of Presentation Zen)Get the Brain Rules (updated and expanded) eBookGet the Brain Rules (updated and expanded) audiobook on Libro.fm
PowerPoint and Presentation Tips If I was a betting man, I’d bet PowerPoint is going to turn mankind into zombies. Why are we so addicted to using PowerPoint (or anything showing slide after slide of bulleted information) when our initial gut reactions to viewing one is dread? Maybe it’s because PowerPoint is our only real experience with information presentation—introduced first in school and then reinforced at work. If you’ve become a bullet point abuser or just want to spice up your presentations, check out these great tips on creating non-zombifying presentations. Presentation Zen - Presentation Zen contains a wealth of information on creating professional presentations. Powerful Pointers for Presenters - A great list of articles and sites related to improving presentations. Beyond Bullets - People Communicating with People - Beyond Bullets talks a lot on how we can use PowerPoint to be more than bland bullet point presentations.
20 consejos para una buena presentación A lo largo de mi vida profesional he asistido a y he preparado muchas presentaciones. No me considero un ponente brillante porque creo que todavía me queda mucho por aprender de lo que veo en otras personas, pero aquí van unos consejos si algún día tenéis que presentar algo: Las ideas que pongas en las diapositivas deben ser breves y concisas. No conviene que una diapositiva tenga más de 4 ó 5 líneas porque sino, la gente leerá la diapositiva en vez de hacerte caso a ti. Lo que expongas de viva voz debe ser claro. Por supuesto, espero vuestras opiniones para mejorar esta lista... Actualizado (04/02/2008 8:22): Como era de esperar, se me han olvidado unos cuantos consejos más: preséntate en 30 segundos (o incluso a tu empresa), por ejemplo o pon en la última diapositiva tu e-mail y agrega notas a la presentación para que la gente las tenga cuando se la descargue. Ya os decía que me quedaba mucho por aprender :-)
10 tips for better slide decks When your slides rock, your whole presentation pops to life. 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 Aaron Weyenberg is the master of slide decks. Our UX Lead creates Keynote presentations that are both slick and charming—the kind that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what’s actually being said. We asked Aaron to bottle his Keynote mojo so that others could benefit from it. Aaron used this image of a New Zealand disaster to kick off a slide deck from TED’s tech team — all about how they prepares for worst-case scenarios. The big picture… Think about your slides last. And now some tactical tips… Go easy on the effects and transitions. Lastly, I’d love to leave you with a couple book recommendations. Happy slide-making.
Books - Essay: The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint In corporate and government bureaucracies, the standard method for making a presentation is to talk about a list of points organized onto slides projected up on the wall. For many years, overhead projectors lit up transparencies, and slide projectors showed high-resolution 35mm slides. Now "slideware" computer programs for presentations are nearly everywhere. Early in the 21st century, several hundred million copies of Microsoft PowerPoint were turning out trillions of slides each year. Alas, slideware often reduces the analytical quality of presentations. 32 pages, full color. For more about PowerPoint, here's a sample from the essay: PowerPoint Does Rocket Science--and Better Techniques for Technical Reports