Presentation Tips, PowerPoint Help, Strategies & Ideas
Ideas and inspiration for presenters and speakers to create better presentations.
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.
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.
Bullets kill. And so do bullet points…sucking the life out of audiences, who stare like zombies into the abyss of the grey and heartless projection screen while a mummy-like speaker recites mind-numbing paragraphs of text. So as the cool autumn winds blow, let’s open the crypt of ten of the world’s scariest presentations…and share a few magical potions to bring them back to life.
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.
Read Kevin Lerner's great but grim story of how his presentation training with an Executive Vice President of General Electric wrecked his voice and their health. Sharing knowledge and a virus.
Public speaking is considered the greatest fear a person can have. Some who have been called to speak in public act as if they’ve seen a ghost. Pale stares, Sweating, and Nausea. They are truly Terrified to Talk. Explore the statistics, symptoms, and solutions of glossophobia…The Fear of Public Speaking.
So you've made it through your presentation, and now it's time to open up the discussion to your audience. Feeling a little intimidated? Here are six points to consider that will help you field any question that comes your way confidently.