5 ways to reduce PowerPoint overload

From the Gee Whiz blog

Bored by 50-slide presentations that drone on, bullet by bullet, slide by slide? Having a hard time keeping audience interest in your point. Then start practicing these five research-based techniques for reducing PowerPoint overload:
1. Write a clear headline that explains main idea of each slide (“Three reasons we achieved 105% of our goal”).
2. Break up story into digestible bites in slide sorter view.
3. Reduce visual load: move all text offscreen, and narrate.
4. Use visuals instead of words alone.
5. Remove every element that does not support main idea.
Check it out in the pdf “5 ways to reduce PowerPoint overload” by Cliff Atkinson and Richard E. Mayer from sociablemedia.com.
Based on the techniques, from a gargantuan 48-slide sales presentation, I created ONE slide, with a powerful graphic image that resolves to a high-impact image. Proprietary business strategy and other sensible rules prevent me from displaying it here.
E-mail me and ask for the “WhyEHM.ppt” file.
I guarantee you’ll see “wow!”

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Behind the magic curtain

Next week Steve Jobs of Apple will grab media attention with another simple-looking stage show. Mike Evangelist tells the insider secrets of his gruelling preparation

From The Guardian

If the chief executive of Cadbury-Schweppes speaks at a conference, or Nike’s boss introduces a new kind of trainer, you might expect to see it covered in specialist magazines, then quickly forgotten.

But on Tuesday a chief executive will stand up and announce something, and within minutes it will be scrutinised across the web and on stockbrokers’ computers. It will be in newspapers. They’ll talk about it for months.

That chief executive is Steve Jobs, and I know why that speech makes an impact. To a casual observer it is just a guy in a black shirt and jeans talking about some new technology products. But it is in fact an incredibly complex and sophisticated blend of sales pitch, product demonstration and corporate cheerleading, with a dash of religious revival thrown in for good measure. It represents weeks of work, precise orchestration and intense pressure for the scores of people who collectively make up the “man behind the curtain”. I know, because I’ve been there, first as part of the preparation team and later on stage with Steve. >>more

How to Get a Standing Ovation

from Guy Kawasaki

When I started public speaking in about 1986, I was deathly afraid of public speaking–for one thing, working for the division run by Steve Jobs was hugely intimidating: How could you possibly compete with Steve? It’s taken me twenty years to get comfortable at it. I hope that many of you are are called upon to give speeches–it’s the closest thing to being a professional athlete that many of us will achieve. The purpose of this blog entry is to help you give great speeches.

Read the excellent tips

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Speech Making Success Tip:

One of the most powerful tools in public speaking is to be believable. One of the ways to achieve this is to use open body language. It communicates openness and sincerity.

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Tom Peters on Great Presentations

I’m going to add some stuff to my “PE56” list, thanks to your Comments.

But let me begin with something that may be personal: Why I use PowerPoint. You say, “Hey Tom, you’re the guru.” I say that my conclusions are much more credible when I back them up with Great Sources. I say pretty radical stuff. I say “Get radical!” That’s one thing. But then I show a quote from Jack Welch, who, after all, ran a $150 billion company (I didn’t): “You can’t behave in a calm, rational manner; you’ve got to be out there on the lunatic fringe.” Suddenly my radicalism is “certified” by a “real operator.”

Also, I find that people like to get beyond the spoken word, and see a SIMPLE reminder of what I’m saying.

Also, we post all my slide shows so attendees (or anyone else) can go back at their leisure and recall the logic of the presentation and “steal” some Cool Quotes to use in their presentations!

So here are a few things, thanks to you, that I’m going to add to “PE56”:

Read on …

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An Effective Style To Use In Public Speaking: Audience Participation

By: James Masterson

An effective public speaker should be able to utilize devices that will be able to capture the attention of the audience. One effective means for them to give you that much needed interest is this: get them to go on stage. Make them participate. When someone is on stage and he or she happens to be a member of the audience, the rest will almost always stay attentive. Why? Because they would like to see what you will be doing to one of them. Also, because they are thinking they could be up there themselves and so to save their precious egos from embarrassment they at least need to know what is going on. Read on …

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How To Add Sound To Your Presentation Using Microsoft PowerPoint XP/2003

If you are looking for ways to add sound to your PowerPoint Presentation, you have landed on the right page.There are indeed several ways to include narration, music or other sounds in your PowerPoint presentations without needing to buy extra software and to enroll in another presentation course. Read on …

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Public Speaking Tips: Pauses

A true NO ZZZZZs presenter doesn’t feel that he or she must jabber away constantly to keep the audience awake.

Skilled presenters use silence to add to the effectiveness and polish of a program.

Theatrical folks have identified a whole bunch of neat pauses which I’m sure they have a ball playing with. I’m only going to address some of the most obvious and important ones here.

SHORT – The shortest pauses, which last anywhere from one-half to two seconds, are for the simple purpose of separating your thoughts. All you have to remember is to slow down. Give the audience a fighting chance to absorb what you are saying. Change your voice inflection slightly at the end of each thought to cue the audience the next thought is coming. Also, use a short pause before and after any phrase (punch line) or word you want to emphasize.

SPONTANEITY – Another neat pause is known as a spontaneity pause. This is a planned “unplanned” pause used so that you don’t look too rehearsed. You might apply this pause when you want to pretend to search for a word or phrase that you already know.

LONG – Long pauses of more than three seconds are very powerful. They command the audience to think about what you just said that is if what you just said was worth thinking about.P

lease [pause] [pause] [pause] don’t be afraid to be quiet once in a while. It can dramatically increase your impact.

Excerpt from “Wake ’em Up Video Professional Speaking System http://www.antion.com/speakervideo.htm

To Overcome Fear of Public Speaking, You need to Understand the Underlying Causes.

Once you can identify the causes that are underlying your public speaking nerves and fear, you can choose the strategies you need to build your confidence, use the fear and present successfully.

Most people suffer from some fear of public speaking. The survey that identified it as America’s number one fear was accurate then and remains so today. But the causes of that fear can differ from person to person.

One of the most important steps towards overcoming the fear of public speaking is to identify the things in your life that have created the fear and then choose the strategies that relate to those causes and that will conquer the fear and allow you to harness it to enhance your presentations and speeches, not destroy them.

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