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Powerpoint Presentation Tips (6/6): Practice, and Practice Some More


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One of the best presenters in the world is Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple Inc. Check out some Apple Keynotes and look at a couple of them if you have no idea who this is.A lot of people think Jobs is a «natural» and just really good at this stuff. The secret is that Mr. Jobs is a perfectionist who practices every presentation he holds over and over again.

Have you ever had a boss telling you «I know this stuff by know, I don’t need to practice»? Or maybe you have been that person yourself. Well, if the best people in the world practice over and over again, why shouldn’t you or your boss need to?

No matter what field we are in, practice always makes us better. So spend a couple of hours going through your presentation in front of the mirror, a camera, or a friend. Put yourself in the view of the audience.

Is this captivating? Is this interesting? Can I do more here?

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Powerpoint Presentation Tips (5/6): Slides and Handouts are Different


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Most people print their powerpoints, and hand them out, either before or after the presentation is given. This is a very common mistake.

Your presentation should be visual and support your story. A handout should be read in comfort by somebody that have already seen the presentation. Your handout is where you can put in the details, and all those facts and graphs that you had to delete from your presentation.

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Powerpoint Presentation Tips (4/6): Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS)


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The «Keep It Simple Stupid» phrase is from the design world.It basically mean, don’t do things unless you don’t have to.It is a very powerful rule in presentations also.

Do yourself a favor, go through your presentations and look at every slide and every detail. Ask your self; is this necessary? Does it contribute to my story?

Be hard on yourself and remove everything that doesn’t really need to be there. Be as clear and precise as you possibly can. Maybe you have a cool chart or graph that you really wanted to show, but unless it contributes to your story, take a deep breath, sigh, and delete it.

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Powerpoint Presentation Tips (3/6): Images, Images, Images!


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Our brain is really good at remembering images and it is also really good at connecting images to abstract ideas. Good use of images is essential in a good PowerPoint presentation. A good image clarifies a point and makes it remarkable without taking the focus away from the story. The brain can actually handle viewing something and listening to something at the same time (well, except for men watching TV).

So let’s say you’re talking about something that went really wrong in your story. Do a search for «failure» on our site, spend some time flipping through the result, and maybe you end up with something like the image above in your presentation. It will stand out, it will look good, and people will remember your point. Thanks to our site (and other microstock sites) it doesn’t cost you much (yaymicro sells images from $1.5).

Obviously, you are on a microstock site, and we want to sell you high-quality images. This doesn’t make the statement about the importance of images less true. Don’t take our word for it, pick up a book, or check out some of the excellent blogs about presentations on the web (see links below). They all confirm the same: Use of images makes a lot of sense in presentations.

After reading what to do, see how others do it. Learn from the best. Here are some links that will show you great presentations:

TED

Apple Keynotes

SlideShare

www.PresentationZen.com

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Powerpoint Presentation Tips (1/6)

Most of us have experienced the pain of a bad presentation. You know, the one where you look at your watch every minute, hide your yawning, and wonder how long it will take before you loose your mind looking at a big screen with 18 bullet-points you have no clue what are about. You’re reading this because you DON’T want to be the person giving that presentation, so here is six tips to improve your presentation.

1. CREATE A STORY

The first thing you need to realize is that the powerpoint document (or keynote if you are on a mac) is not the presentation. The presentation is a story and the powerpoint is visual guides for this story. The object of a good powerpoint is to empathize meaning, create clarity and make people remember the story. Once your realize this, most of the other hints on this page will become clear, and feel natural. When you realize that your presentation is a story you realize that you don’t start creating it in powerpoint. You start creating it on a piece of paper. You create an opening, a middle part and an ending.

The beginning is where you engage your audience. You have about 30 seconds to create interest in any audience, if you loose that objective, the rest of the presentation won’t even matter, you’ve already lost.

The middle is where you’re story is laid out and the anticipations are fulfilled. The end summarizes, repeats and calls for action.

Bjørn

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