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Video Rehearsal – The Key to Improving

 

By Bob Goodyear

In an earlier blog post about rehearsing before presenting, I wrote about the importance of doing a video rehearsal. I talked about how hard it is to actually watch it. As a technical presenter, I want to believe that I know my presentation so well that rehearsal is not needed. I swallowed my pride and recently recorded a video in preparation for an upcoming presentation.
What do you do with the video rehearsal once you’ve recorded it?
I suggest that you watch your video three different times. That might seem …

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Group Exercises for Speakers

By Claudia W. Brogan

Recently a budding speaker asked me to attend a speech she was delivering and provide feedback for her, with suggestions for improvement. Maggie opened her speech with an intriguing quotation, captured the attention of the audience and proceeded to deliver three excellent learning tips.

Midway through the presentation, though, I watched as Maggie asked—without much instruction or introduction—that her audience members move into groups of four to complete a worksheet of questions. What I saw happen in the room was a bit of a chill: audience members shifted from …

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Begin With a Bang

By Bob Goodyear

Coming up with a good presentation opening is difficult. Because of that, many times the presenter will just default to an opening that sounds something like this.

“Hello. My name is Joe Presenter. Thank you for inviting me here. I appreciate the time you are giving to me to speak. I hope what I have to say will be interesting to you. Today I’m going to tell you about the 93 great features of my product.”

How many times have you heard an introduction like that? How many times …

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Should I Change the Corporate Presentation?

By Bob Goodyear

Several months ago, I was speaking with a group of technical sales engineers about how to make a great customer presentation. As our time was almost over, I asked if anyone had any questions before we did our final work. One very experienced engineer spoke up.

“Bob, this seminar has been really good. I see where I can change the way I present. My question however, involves using the corporate presentations or templates we are given. They generally don’t follow the format that we have learned today. Should I change …

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5 Ways to Evaluate A Slide

By Tom Nixon

What are the basic criteria that determine if your slide is working? How can you evaluate a slide or even a presentation to see if it will work and deliver your message cleanly and effectively?

I look for five basic things.

Is there a BIG IDEA? Is there one concept that ties the slide together and fits in with the BIG IDEA that the overall presentation is trying to communicate. There cannot be more than one concept per slide and the audience should be able to get it quickly and without …

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Two Quick Ways to Improve Your Boring Bullet Points PowerPoint – Use Design Ideas or SmartArt Graphics

By Kelly Vandever

You’ve seen it a million times.

A boring list of bullet points.

Is it possible to make a boring list of bullet points look more interesting? Yes!

But I must start by making a plea for the slow method first!
The Slow Way – Create One Slide for Each Point
My “go to” recommendation is don’t include a list of bullet points in your presentation in the first place!

Give each new idea its own slide and add visuals to increase the appearance and make the slide more memorable. See this blog post for more details.

But if you are pressed for …

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3 Questions to Ask to Get to Know Your Audience

By Bob Goodyear

I’ve presented to several groups over the last few months about how to create a great presentation. One of the first things I mention is the need to “know your audience.” I even wrote a blog post about this earlier. In my conversations with these groups though, I’ve heard that they know this but what they want to understand is WHAT they need to know about the audience. They want some specific questions that they can answer. Today I’ll share three of the questions that I …

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Transitions — a great place to start rebuilding your slides

By Tom Nixon

Imagine the typical slide deck with 20 or 50 or 70 text-filled slides. Some of them bullets, some just chock-full of text, maybe a few PowerPoint generated charts and graphs — all displayed on the same bland, mind-numbing template. Where do you begin the process of rebuilding? How do you start opening up the presentation, making it more engaging, viewer-friendly and less boring?

One way to reboot this snooze-fest is to add some interest with transition slides. Transition slides signal you are moving from one subject area to the next. …

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3 New Features that Could Influence You to Consider Upgrading to PowerPoint 2016 (Plus a Bonus!)

By Kelly Vandever

“Kelly, you have to understand… some of my clients are still using PowerPoint 2007!”

In today’s world, it’s hard to know when you should upgrade to the latest version of software. But having ten-year-old software may be the exception. It’s probably time to upgrade.

If you’re thinking of making a smaller jump, say from PowerPoint 2013 to PowerPoint 2016, here are the three features that I think make the biggest difference for presenters when moving from PowerPoint 2013 to 2016.
#1 – Tell Me What You Want to Do
I admit. Even though I train people on how to use PowerPoint, there …

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A Lesson on Presentation from the Beatles

By Bob Goodyear

Last month my wife and I took a 24-hour trip to Las Vegas. We went just to see the Cirque du Soleil show called The Beatles LOVE. It’s a show that we both really enjoy. As a matter of fact, this was my fourth time in 10 years to see it.

While the acts in the show have changed over the years, the one constant theme is the Beatles’ music. This time while watching the show, I noticed something about the music that I had not paid …

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