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12/07/2016 12:37 AM

6 Reasons Why Your PowerPoint Presentations (Still) Look Boring

You must have something important to present. Otherwise; why bother giving the presentation in the first place? And as such, you probably have prepared the content of your message well. And you might have even prepared a PowerPoint presentation to accompany your talk. But does it stand out? Does it do justice to the point you want to bring across? Or do your PowerPoint slides bring your talk


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

The Sixth Success Factor for Startups: The Perfected Pitch: by Jerry Weissman

“Startup Veteran” sounds like an oxymoron but it describes Bill Gross perfectly. Fresh out of Cal Tech in the 1980s, he started, grew, and sold three of his own companies. In 1996, he founded Idealab, a Pasadena-based organization to create and operate pioneering technology companies. Since then, Idealab has fostered the development of 125 companies, 40 of which have gone public or been


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

How To Present A Fireside Chat In 4 Easy Lessons: by Jerry Weissman

Creative Commons: Image by National Archives and Records Administration In case you haven't heard, presentations delivered standing behind a lectern are out and fireside chats are in. Whether it is an effort to emulate the format originated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt or an effort to avoid the curse captured by the old Jerry Seinfeld joke: "To the average person, if you go to a funeral,


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Choosing the Right Picture for your Slides: by Jullietta Stoencheva

You've probably heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same goes for presentation photos. Whether it's using PowerPoint, Sway, or one of those old school overhead projectors (ok, so we might be wrong about that last one), images make messages stronger. But why? Well, without getting all geeky about it, research shows that the human brain processes information more easily when


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

How to Use a Timer in PowerPoint: by Kurt Dupont

A PowerPoint timer functions as a common everyday-timer in your presentation. But there are other uses too for a timer such as displaying it on an information screen or even showing real-time, dynamic information on your slide using a timer: The user can use it for example on a school display system during play-time. And also a timer for lunch time in the factory, and so on. In this article,


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Moving Beyond Clichés

If you see one more picture of people shaking hands or a light bulb, then you will know that the slides themselves must be unimaginative. How do you create an imaginative thought process that goes beyond clichés? Since its launch in 1990, Microsoft's PowerPoint has become an integral tool for business. With 95% market share and over 1.2 billion users worldwide, it is estimated that millions and


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

The Single Most Important Factor For Persuasion: by Jerry Weissman

An indisputable fact of life in every company, every industry, every vertical, every geography, is that salespeople sell features when they should be selling benefits instead. This mistake is also chronic in presentations because presenters too often focus on their own message to the exclusion of their audiences, causing them to think: "Why should I care?" or "It's all about you!" Politicians


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Infographics and the Presentation Revolution: by Vikas Agrawal

'A picture says a thousand words' is perhaps a hackneyed truism, but infographics are proving it right all over again in the digital age. Infographics transform complex facts and figures into simple images and depictions which enable viewers to grasp difficult concepts instantly and make easy comparisons. These colorful, mesmerizing visual tools masquerading as work actually make learning fun.


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Using Dynamic PICTURES in PowerPoint: by Kurt Dupont

Do you have to stop a running Slide Show to update your pictures? You no longer have to do so because you can now use PowerPoint as a live image frame. PresentationPoint has added a new PowerPoint add-on to its Dynamic Elements Suite; Dynamic Pictures. Just use a normal picture placeholder/box and insert it on your slide. Normally you can display only one picture in a picture placeholder/box,


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

5 Presentation Hacks To Enhance Your Slides (Infographic): by Adam Noar

Do you ever find yourself yearning for some clever PowerPoint hacks to spice up your presentations? If the answer is YES then you're in luck because today we are going to be sharing some clever presentation tips and tricks that will help get your slide design off to a great start! From knowing where to find awesome images to creating beautiful graphics, this visual guide of presentation design


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Finding Your Presentation Metaphor: by Jim Endicott

For most people, creating presentations is not their day job. They sell things. They manage people. They drive projects. They make stuff happen. So it's understandable that when it becomes necessary to actually create a presentation, the process is rarely motivated by an understanding of the science of how our brains actually assimilate information (who has time for that). But more often by


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Help Your Audience Remember Your Points With These 3 Techniques for Highlighting Important Words: by Ellen Finkelstein

When your audience sees a slide that is a sea of words, they will remember almost nothing. This type of slide overloads short-term memory and as they say these days, it's TMI (too much information). No matter how interesting your topic, when you present a slide full of text, people read it. They can read faster than you can talk, so they read ahead of you. In order to understand what they're


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

12 Engaging Presenter Behaviors to Keep Your Audience Awake

Picture Courtesy: Pixabay "I want to engage my audience," is what over half of the presenters I coach tell me. Here's what I tell them. First, many people in your audience are tired—probably at least a third of them just don't get enough sleep. They're sitting there hoping they won't embarrass themselves by nodding off. Part of your job is to help them stay awake, to actually pay attention and


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Your Escape Plan for Networking: by Fred Miller

Your escape plan for networking must be in place! If you're a regular networker, I'll bet this has happened to you. The seminar is scheduled to begin at 8:30, and the event notice suggested to: "Arrive early and Network!” "Great!" was your initial reaction. That's one of the reasons you attend events. You have developed and practiced you Elevator Speech. You've tweaked it enough times that


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Presenters Think Different, Also: by Fred Miller

'Think Different' was Apple's slogan for a long time. It was appropriate to their products and services. They did, and still do, 'think different' and 'do different.' This has been a huge factor in making them one of the world's most successful companies. Picture Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons We speakers can improve our presentations by 'thinking different,' when developing slides for our


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Power of Watercolor Visuals in Slide Design: by Peter Zvirinsky

Do you want to give a fresh look to your slides? Do you want them to stand out of the crowd? Then you should consider adding watercolor elements such as stripes or arrows. These are great to express uniqueness and creativity. Such an aquarelle painting style is one of the new emerging trends in graphic design. We see such effects also in business presentation design. Maybe it's even the new


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Choosing between Axis or Data Labels in Charts: by Dave Paradi

Graphs that use a measurement axis, like column, bar, and line graphs, by default have an axis when created in Excel or PowerPoint. One question that presenters ask is whether data labels should be added to the graph. In this article, I want to explain when you may want to consider using data labels vs. using an axis. One thing you don’t want to do is to use both an axis and data labels on a


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

How do spreadsheets end up on slides – and what you can do differently for your next presentation: by Dave Paradi

I often hear about leaders asking staff members to put a spreadsheet on a slide. I see this in the work I do reviewing slides from participants before my customized corporate workshops. These huge tables of numbers are overwhelming. In my workshops I prepare makeovers of slides and show the participants how the key message of the spreadsheet could be communicated as a visual instead. It is not


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Keep the Audience Attentive: by Claudyne Wilder

Imagine that you are listening to a presenter droning on and on, using the same tone of voice and the same pace. Before long you start thinking about the vacation you want to take and the plans you would like to make for the weekend. Then, all of a sudden, you realize that you are no longer really listening. But wait, the presenter just said something you might need to know. It's too late.


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Andreessen Horowitz Shows How to Avoid the Worst Death by PowerPoint: by Jerry Weissman

Of all the many bad raps against PowerPoint—TMI (Too Much Information), MEGO (My Eyes Glaze Over), Data Dump, Show up and Throw Up, and "Just mail me the deck!"—the worst is The Laundry List, in which the slides in a presentation have all the continuity of a deck of cards shuffled by a Las Vegas dealer. We've all been there: "First, I'd like to talk about…then I'd like to talk about…then I'd


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

One Plus And Two Minuses For Hillary Clinton's Logo: by Jerry Weissman

As part of the recent launch of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency, her team introduced a new logo that drew as much highly-opinionated chatter in the design community as did her candidacy in the political arena. The Creative Bloq website listed five negative comments one day and followed it with five alternative designs the next day. Websites Design Taxi, Brand New, and Vox also


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Cover Everything or Plan Ahead: by Claudyne Wilder

Talk fast to fit it all in, or condense and speak calm and connected? What would you do if you had a choice? Kuan walked into the room ready to present when the organizer told him, “Sorry, we can only give you 15 minutes and not 30 for your presentation.” What does Kuan do? Does he talk fast to cover everything he planned? Or does he cut back his information and only present what is essential


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Audiences Revolt Against PowerPoint: by Jerry Weissman

After suffering endless hours of torment enduring encyclopedic slideshows, long-suffering audience are trying to find new ways to defend themselves. Their two well-established forms of expressing displeasure with such excess—interrupting the presenter and turning on mobile devices—have failed to stem the tsunami of what has become known as "Death by PowerPoint." One new approach is "


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Guest Post: Does PowerPoint really have such a Power?

Or does human idiocy have no end? Isn't it a fact that presentations are getting more and more important in the world of business communications? And the quantity of presentations taking place worldwide every day is probably innumerable. At the same time, following this trend, we do see a multiplication of tools available to facilitate presenters' lives. Oddly, the most common of these tools


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Forget Color Theory (Guest Post)

You don't need a graphic design education. You don't need to "be designy" or "be artsy", you don't need to read 15 books on color theory. You can do it yourself, in minutes. But first we need to talk about why well designed presentations are important. Read more in this post by Devesh Khanal. Categories: color, guest_post, powerpoint, tutorials


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