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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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For the Introverts Out There! New Book Release – Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference

More than of few of my clients are self-described introverts.

For my introvert friends, I wanted to let you know about a book released TODAY called Quiet Influence:  The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference by my friend Dr. Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, PhD.

Jennifer married an introvert and has been studying them ever since!

What I love about Jennifer’s work is that she doesn’t try to get introverts to behave like their extroverted colleagues (who often get more attention for being outspoken).  Instead, she encourages introverts …

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Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012

With just a few days left in 2012, let’s take a look back and the most popular blogs of 2012! Did your favorite make the list?


#1 – Thank You to Big Fish Games
May 12th, 2012
Life does keep us humble sometimes, yes??

My number one post for the Speaking Practically blog… had nothing at all to do with presentations!

I got …

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“We desperately need great communications from our scientists and engineers in order to change the world”

I was coaching a scientist with the CDC.  She was preparing to present research findings about HIV prevention.

It occurred to me that I may never pull together a presentation with as great an impact on human lives as this scientist.  But if I could help her communicate her message, then my work had meaning.

 
Melissa Marshall’s TED Talk – Talk Nerdy to Me
In a four minute TED video, Melissa Marshall, a faculty member with the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences …

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Survey Results – The Technical Presenter’s Bible

Thank you to the 73 people who completed the survey regarding the Technical Presenter’s Bible.  My co-author and I were pleased to see that there is both need (which we suspected) and interest (which we weren’t sure about) in a book specifically geared to those who do technical presentations.

Below are the survey results (with slight modifications/names withheld).  We’ll keep you posted on the details of the book when we closer to it being ready!

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Calling All Technical Presenters! Please complete this survey!!!

A co-author and I are wondering if we write a book for technical presenters, will technical presenters care?  Does anyone want to read such a book???

If you are a technical presenters, won’t you please take this survey and give us your thoughts????

Thanks!!!

Kelly

 

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Go with the Flow – How to Organize Your Technical Presentation to Get Business Results – Part 4 – Issue-Resolution Structure

During my time in the IT industry, it became clear to me early on that technologist have to have mad problem solving skills.

Using existing technology, trying to meet the needs of the business, finding a work-around for an unusual need.  Great technologists are master problems solvers.   So of course a discussion of the organization of the most common technical presentations has to include the Issue – Resolution Structure

 
4.  Issue – Resolution Approach
Called my many names, this approach general boils down to a combination of:

Here’s the …

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Go with the Flow – How to Organize Your Technical Presentation to Get Business Results – Part 3 – Chunking by the Numbers Structure

I once broke up a fight at a truck stop diner.

One summer while in college, I waitressed during the graveyard shift at the Truck Stop Cafe in Jefferson, Iowa.  One night, around 3 AM, I heard a commotion and spun around to see two guys in a rope-a-dope hold.  From the body language of those around them, I could tell one of them had taken a swing at the other.  One man was dressed in a softball uniform, no doubt coming to …

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Go with the Flow – How to Organize Your Technical Presentation to Get Business Results – Part 2 – Step-by-Step Structure

I took a training class of Ken Blankard’s years ago called Situational Leadership.  In one exercise, I was set up as a person who was what is term “disillusioned learner” someone with some competency in a task or job, but with low level of confidence.  In the role play, managers used different leadership styles to “manage” me.  I remember experiencing first hand how good it felt to get very detailed direction when I was in the confused state of …

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