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5 Techniques for Representing Complex Information on Your Presentation Slides… So Your Audience Can Actually Consume It – Part 2

For the times when you don’t want to say to your audience, “I know you can’t read this…” consider this approach:
Technique #2
If having no data doesn’t seem appropriate, then ask yourself how can you simplify the information to something you know your audience cares about.

So for instance, let’s say you’re addressing a group of data centers who support small to medium sized businesses.  And you know they care about the fact that Microsoft will stop supporting XP, server 2003 and Office 2003 in 2014.

Now could supply a chart like this one which breaks down by percentage of users who uses …

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5 Techniques for Representing Complex Information on Your Presentation Slides… So Your Audience Can Actually Consume It – Part 1

If you’ve ever uttered the words, “I know you can’t read this…”  when showing a PowerPoint slide, this post is for you!

You may know it’s not good to have slides full of information, but you may not know what to do instead.
That’s what this series is about –  5 Techniques for Representing Complex Information on Your Presentation Slides… So Your Audience Can Actually Consume It.
 
Focus on Your Audience
As with any presentation, you need to focus on your audience – who are they, what do they care about, why do they care about what we have to present.  Which leads us …

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I’m So Glad You Asked – Handling the Questions from Your Audience

By Kelly Vandever

“Are you the same Kelly Vandever who does stand up comedy?”

It was my first day, my first session teaching public speaking at Kennesaw State University.

The question came from one of the students who had googled my name while I was introducing myself.

(For those who are wondering, yes, there does exist a video online of a stand up act that I performed at the Punch Line comedy club.  You can watch it here …

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Book Review – “Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery” by Garr Reynolds

Book Review – Presentation Zen:  Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds
You had me at Guy Kawasaki’s foreword.    

As I soaked up the pages of Garr Reynolds’ Presentation Zen, I said to my husband, “Oh my gosh, this book is AWESOME!”

I usually don’t get giddy about a book.  I was giggling as I said those words to the hubby.

 

That was 4 years ago and since then, I’ve used Garr Reynold’s approach to creating presentation slides and haven’t looked back.

Reynolds beautifully illustrates with slide comparisons and …

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Book Review – “Confessions of a Public Speaker” by Scott Berkun

Confessions of a Public Speaker
by Scott Berkun

Confession #1 – I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It made me laugh out loud and I love anyone or anything that can make me laugh out loud!  It would probably be faster to count the pages where I didn’t underline, circle or highlight at least one sentence than it would be to count those pages where I did.  I put asterisks next to websites, studies and books that Berkun references that I intend to read.  I wrote the word “quote” in …

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Four Techniques for Drawing Business Stories Out of Others – Part 5

“You know, I’ve shared that article about stories you sent me with other prosecutors in my office.”

It was an attorney friend of mine telling me this.  He’s a deputy chief assistant district attorney here in Georgia.  Here is the article he was referring to this article I found on the power of storytelling.

“I don’t understand why people can’t see the stories.  They’re right there in the reports!”

Regardless of the type of organization, most companies have some sort of reports …

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Four Techniques for Drawing Business Stories Out of Others – Part 4

I spent six years in the world of recruiting and learned behavioral interviewing questions back then.  The idea behind behavioral interviewing is that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, so ask the interviewee to tell you about their past experience related to important aspects of the job you’re interviewing them for.

Behavior based interview questions start with phrases like…

Tell me about a time when…

Can you give me a specific example of how you…

Describe a problem you’ve encountered with…

I know …

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Four Techniques for Drawing Business Stories Out of Others – Part 3

When I first entered the world of professional speaking, I was taught by some wise mentors to interview a sample of future audience members.  Later I learned of other professional speakers who send out surveys to collect information about their audiences rather than conduct interviews.

I stuck with what I learned first, the person-to-person interviews, probably because I learned it first.

Then, I was doing interviews – for a magazine article not a speech – and wanted to interviewed two subject matter experts (SMEs).  I …

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Four Techniques for Drawing Business Stories Out of Others – Part 2


The Catalyst Story
 

In the last post, we talked about the Business Story Producer which is a method to get people to start sharing business stories.  As part of the steps, you, as the person facilitating the group, should tell a Catalyst Story to activate the business story sharing.

 

Rather than mechanically running through the steps, let’s start with a Catalyst Story, then break down what makes for a good Catalyst Story.

 

My first professional experience was as an ensign in the Navy.  For those …

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