PowerPoint Doesn’t Kill Interest, People Do

by Don Tennant ppt_slide73 Some would have us believe that PowerPoint is inherently dangerous. No doubt, they make a compelling argument. One need not witness the lifelessness of  more than a handful of moribund meetings, conferences, or classes where PowerPoint is being wielded to recognize that the threat of slaughtered interest and engagement is all too real. What we need to keep in mind, however, is that it’s only when PowerPoint falls into the wrong hands that it becomes menacing. True, when that happens, the little clicker thing that advances the slides can become a weapon of mass monotony. But when used properly, it can advance engagement, understanding, and knowledge with every click. In order to gain some insight into the proper handling of PowerPoint, I turned to Vikas Jhingran, a world champion public speaker and author of the book, “Emote: Using Emotions to Make Your Message Memorable.” Jhingran devoted an entire chapter of his book to the topic of how to present with PowerPoint, so I asked him what the keys are to an effective PowerPoint presentation. He explained the two main problems with PowerPoint:

The first is that PowerPoint, in general, is a very difficult tool to engage with emotionally. A lot of people don’t understand that, and therefore lose their audience. So you have to understand that the emotional connection they can have is with you, and then PowerPoint would be an aid that helps in that emotional dialogue. If you make PowerPoint the center of your presentation, then that emotional connection is lost. That is the key reason why we have so many PowerPoint presentations that fail to engage the audience, and fail to be effective.

Ignite presentations – and why I (don’t?) like ‘em

By Simon ppt_slide72 Before you start, you should know that this is part of a paired blog, with my friend Lydia Bates, who’s just done her first Ignite presentation and who’s blogged about her first time. This blog is my take on it, as a professional trainer and speaker. My position is pretty simple.

I hate Ignite as a presentation format….  :)
Well, okay, I don’t hate it – it’s got a lot of good stuff going for it, but hear me out…

Presentation Skills: 6 Mistakes Salespeople Make in Answering Buyer Questions

Posted by Dianna Booher ppt_slide71 Sales professionals rarely face buyers without getting questions. Yet most will tell you that although they may spend hours, or even days, planning for the formal part of a sales presentation, they often give little thought to the Q&A period.   Yet seasoned sales professionals use the opportunity to respond to questions to increase persuasiveness and credibility.   The most successful avoid the following mistakes:   Mistake #1:  Failure to Anticipate and Prepare for Routine Questions Sales teams frequently spend hundreds of hours learning to position their product against the competition –but no time in anticipating and perfecting answers for routine questions. This situation should be labeled sales malpractice:   If you’re in sales, put yourself in scenarios where colleagues fire product or service questions at you until you can think on your feet well enough to answer those typical buyer questions with substance.  Consider Q&A part of your presentation preparation.

How to Present Data and Numbers

ppt_slide70 By Scott Schwertly Aristotle often discussed three principles: pathos (passion), ethos (character), and logos (evidence). All three are the foundation to a great presentation, but today I want to unpack the topic of logos. If you examine most business presentations, you will likely find an abuse of logos. You’ll see a plethora of charts, graphs, numbers and percentages. The problem: Too many facts and stats, and not enough story. Why?

5 Horrible Pieces of Public Speaking Advice (and What to Do Instead)

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Have you ever gotten a piece of bad advice? Once I gave a speech about leaving a great job in paradise to pursue happiness in my personal life, and a piece of feedback I got was “You should wear a grass skirt and coconut bra when you give this speech.” There’s about a million reason WHY I didn’t take that advice, but it shows that not all public speaking advice is created equally. The Internet is full of horrible tips that won’t improve your speaking. Here is my top 5 bad speaking tips list and what you should do instead.

Finding Images for Your PowerPoint Presentations

By Bronwen The right picture can really make your PowerPoint presentation pop. Not only can it help you illustrate your point—it can also help you connect with the audience, and maybe even stir an emotional response. hawaii_versus (Who wants to go to Hawaii now?) What’s the best place to find free, high-quality images like the photo above? There are lots of great resources, both on the web and in PowerPoint itself. These resources make it possible to create vibrant, professional-looking presentations, even if you aren’t an experienced graphic designer. Below are some of our favorite sources for stock photos and other free graphics. Happy image hunting!

Work faster in PowerPoint

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By Ellen Finkelstein
When I work with clients in 1-on-1 coaching, I use webinar software so we can work together on a presentation. Sometimes I wield the mouse and sometimes my client does.  Because I work in PowerPoint so much, I use the fastest way possible — at least as far as I know. But when my clients take over, I often see them use slower ways of accomplishing a task. So, here are my best tips for working faster in PowerPoint.

How To Add a Countdown Timer to PowerPoint

By Tara Duggan, 1 Open a new PowerPoint presentation and right-click on the first slide. Select the "Layout" option and click the "Blank" slide option. 2 Click the "Shapes" button from the "Insert" menu and select the "Rectangle" option. Draw a rectangle in the center of the slide. Right-click on the object. Select the "Format Shape" option and choose a color, such as yellow. Click in the center of the rectangle and type the highest number of your countdown, for example, 10. Add the text "Minutes Remaining" or similar directive.

Why Audiences Detest Presenters That Abuse or Avoid PowerPoint

By Jeff Hurt Presentations are the business currency of today. PowerPoint® is often the legal tender of those presentations. We trade and share PowerPoint presentations like baseball cards, stamps and money. SlideShare is the largest online community for sharing great presentations! When you create a presentation using great design and learning principles, and you upload it to SlideShare, your presentation may just jump to their home page for thousands to see! Viewing a presentation without PowerPoint (Keynote or Prezi) is like listening to a TV show over the radio. We expect and want the visual to help keep us focused. PowerPoint is nearly unavoidable. However, misuse of PowerPoint is avoidable!