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Before and After: Training Visuals

By Tom Nixon

This original slide was created for a presentation that would suggest ways an insurance sales professional could engage a customer in some friendly small talk. The instructor would simply read the text on the screen to his workshop attendees — a very ineffective way to begin a conversation about the topic.

Let’s see what was done to enhance this slide:

Although the other slide redesigns in the deck are not shown, an overall background and style had been established. The headline typeface and style were chosen to suggest a friendly, casual but …

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Storytelling as a Mentoring Tool

By Kelly Vandever

Storytelling as a mentoring tool has been around forever… well, I say that because there’s a Biblical record of the prophet Nathan telling Kind David the story of two men, a rich dude and a poor dude, and about the rich dude took something precious from the poor dude which enraged David… and then Nathan dropped the moral of the story on David, that he was the rich man. The story was the vehicle to demonstrate for David why he was in the wrong… and if you know the …

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How to Make Complex Info Accessible for Your Audience

By Natalie Gallagher

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t know it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

One of the biggest challenges speakers and writers face, especially those who are experts in their field, is how to make complex information accessible and relatable to the audience. Whenever I address this topic with my clients, the immediate push-back I get is “I don’t want to dumb it down.” I expect this reaction, because most of us are not only attached to our work, we’re attached to being experts in our field.

However, making something …

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3 Wacky Leadership Tips that Might Just Help You Lead a Professionally Human Organization

 

By Kelly Vandever

I’ve led within large organizations and small. I’ve led in the military, in business, and on nonprofit boards.  I received my Masters in management science. I’ve read hundreds of books on the subject and taught leadership to managers from over 200 organizations.

Yet it’s still hard for me to capture in just a few words the essence of leadership.

Rather than go on and on about all the amazing things you could do to be the best leader you can be, we’ll discuss three wacky, unconventional things you can do that …

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Don’t Present On a Topic

By Mark Kretschmar

You learned it in college; you may have learned it in high school: Select a topic of interest to the audience for your presentation. This rule isn’t so much “wrong” as it is distracting. Of course you should be speaking of something which interests the audience. Where this rule gets in the way, like most rules, is the implications and ramifications of its assumptions.

When an “interesting topic” becomes the driving force behind your presentation, you feel you have everything you need and you forget the Presentation Prime Directive: Make your …

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Create a Great Audience Connection

By Bob Goodyear

Creating a great audience connection is key to making a great presentation. It’s easy to say but sometimes it’s very hard to do. What does it take to create such a connection? Let me share 3 tips that I’ve learned over the years that have helped me.
Know Your Audience
This is such a key for making a great presentation and connecting with your audience. I’ve written previously about questions you should ask to get to know your audience before you show up to speak. While these questions will …

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Question Every Slide

By Tom Nixon

As you add, edit or review your slides here are 2 quick questions you can ask about each slide to see if it is just right for your presentation:
1. What is the POINT?
Does this slide have a single, clear, easily communicated message for your audience? Is it congruent with the goals of the presentation? Does it simply make sense for where it is and what it is saying?
2. Where is the POWER?
Does this slide deliver its message powerfully and efficiently? Are the graphics unambiguous and professional? Is the wording …

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The Latest News in Font Compatibility across PC and Mac Versions of PowerPoint!

By Kelly Vandever

 
Good News on the Font Front!
Not many people will appreciate good news about fonts…

But if you have to be flexible enough to present your PowerPoint slides on either a PC version of PowerPoint and a Mac version of PowerPoint, I have good news.

With the latest update to PowerPoint for the Mac, Microsoft made it so that fonts that are saved as embedded fonts* in a Windows version of PPT can now come over and be viewed correctly in Mac version of PowerPoint!  Yeah!  This should help some presenters from …

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How to Give a Presentation Without Using Notes

By Natalie Gallagher

Pop quiz: What’s the best way to lose your place during your presentation?

Answer: Look down at your notes.

It’s counterintuitive, isn’t it? After all, shouldn’t your carefully prepared notes mean you have a greater chance of success? Sometimes, sure. But more often than not, presenters use notes as a crutch because they don’t trust their own brains to keep track of it all. And stopping to look at little words on a note card or piece of paper can be distracting enough that it works against you.

However, speakers who train …

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Five Sure-fire Ways to Improve Your Presentation Delivery

 

By Pam Leinmiller

How you say something is every bit as important as what you say. When we begin delivering our great presentation, we want the audience to hear what we say. Perfecting how we are delivering the information can go a long way towards helping our audience take in the information. There is nothing better than practice. Instead of leaving that important presentation to chance, practice actually doing it ahead of time. And video yourself! I know, I know. You don’t like to see yourself on video, you don’t like how …

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