A less awful PP slide: Graphics and lists

Okay, only two more posts to go about PowerPoint slides, which means only two more times for me to start out by saying you really should try to wean yourself off of PowerPoint. I think PowerPoint is just plain evil. But I also see how a lot of people consider it a necessary evil....
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A less awful PP slide: Text comes first

Remember, I’m coming to you as the person who really, really wishes that speakers would dispense with PowerPoint slides altogether. I think this supposed tool has ruined a lot of good speeches. BUT, since I also understand that I’m in the minority with this viewpoint,...
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Avoid 2 major PowerPoint blunders

Just to reiterate an earlier point, my humble opinion is that PowerPoint is from the devil. But I know that not everyone, or even a majority of people, are going to take my advice and ditch it. It is too ubiquitous to simply toss it on the ash heap. And, in all honesty, it can be...
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What to wear, what not to wear

Going in front of people to make a presentation means asking them to give up their time and attention. If you want to increase your chances of success, you’ll start by turning your attention to how you present yourself. And even if these seem like more casual times, trust...
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Hit the ground running

When I teach coach clients and speak at seminars, one of my jobs is to help people re-frame their thinking about presentations.  Most people who aren’t trained in public speaking skills focus the bulk of their time on creating and honing the body of their presentation and they...
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Stick the landing!

How do you deliver the conclusion of your presentation? It’s understandable to want to coast across the finish line, especially if you feel like your speech and your speaking performance were on point. But successful speakers know that you can undo all of that work if you...
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PowerPoint is from the devil

Let’s make something clear: PowerPoint is evil. This may strike you as being an overstatement. Evil? Seriously? Seriously. PowerPoint truly sucks. It has single-handedly ruined hundreds of thousands of presentations and corrupted many otherwise intelligent speakers. My advice?...
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Focus on eye contact

Making eye contact with your audience throughout your entire presentation is the number one way you can improve your delivery style as well as to enhance your presence and the impression people have of you. Eye contact is the primary way to reach, and connect with, your audience....
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Getting from Point A to Point B

Transitions matter. Truly effective transitions help your audience follow you from one idea to the next, from one topic to the next. The good news is: It’s easy to make transitions well. The bad news is: It’s just as easy for them to trip you up. A common problem...
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Keeping up suspense … in a good way

We’re taught not to keep an audience hanging, but … well, let me tell you a story. I once attended a presentation where the speaker used a very unusual technique in a presentation, but being the speak-geek that I am, I stashed it away and have put it to good use...
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