PowerPresentations - Presentation Tips & Secrets

Presentation Tips, PowerPoint Help, Strategies & Ideas

Ideas and inspiration for presenters and speakers to create better presentations.

Avoiding Monotone Mumble! How to Speak More Clearly

Avoiding Monotone Mumble

What went wrong?! Why was the audience inattentive? Walking out? Sleeping? The speech was well written and pertinent to the audience. It had a clear purpose and a perfect blend of wisdom and humor. The visuals were on target, too. They were colorful, concise, and supportive of the presentation. Maybe the presenter is suffering from Monotone Mumble.

10 Tips to Being a PowerPoint Power User

10 Tips to Being a PowerPoint Power User

Microsoft PowerPoint is the world’s most popular presentation program.  And yet it is hardly used to its full power.  The average PowerPoint user spends hours of wasted time clicking through menus and applying elementary techniques in an effort to create a basic presentation. But like mild-mannered Clark Kent donning his cape as Superman, you can adopt a mighty mix of mouse clicks, keyboard commands, and trusted tips and tricks to become a PowerPoint Power User. 

Uh...Goodbye. Eliminating Crutch Words.

Uh...Goodbye.  Eliminating Crutch Words

You’ve all heard it before. What would otherwise be a great presentation becomes one interrupted jumble of ums, ahs, like, and you knows.  Empty and meaningless words filling a gap by a speaker. Just as crutches support our body following an injury, Crutch Words often support our verbiage when we’re not sure what to say. Here’s an overview of crutch words and some tips we can use to eliminate them from our vocabulary.

10 Tips to Tailoring Your Talk when Time is Tight

Tailoring your talk when time is tight

Talking is an art. Talking on time is a science.  Polished delivery of a prepared speech of 5, 15, or 30 minutes takes verbal skill, rehearsal, and focus to stay within time.  But for someone whose time allotment has been slashed, trimming their prepared talk to fit the new time takes a blend of quick-thinking editing and amplified audience-engagement. The program is running overtime and you’ve been told you only have 5 minutes to deliver your beautiful 20 minute speech!  Here are some techniques to tailor your talk when time is tight.

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