Pechu Kucha, an Alternative Format for Presentations

by Joanna C. Dunlap, CPT, PhD

I attend numerous conferences, symposia, and workshops each year—both as a participant and a contributor. I am increasingly frustrated with my colleagues’ and my own performance. In general, the issue is our misuse and overuse of the standard presentation format: bulleted slide after bulleted slide.

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Garr Reynolds and PresentationZen – before and after PowerPoint slides

I know there is no narration, but the slides speak for themselves … We can all become more powerful presenters using Garr’s expert techniques


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Book – There’s no such thing as public speaking

Make Any Presentation or Speech as Persuasive as a One-on-One Conversation

Jeanette and Roy Henderson
Whether addressing a few colleagues or a packed auditorium, readers will find practical and simple techniques for inspiring every listener. It’s a wonderful blend of solid concepts, practical applications, and invaluable techniques. It takes the speaker from the planning stage through to the execution stage of any presentation. It addresses not only speaking in front of a crowd, but also one on one and small group interactions.
plus how to get the book for free
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How to tell a joke

Many people shy away from telling jokes because they once told one that fell flat or they are afraid of appearing silly or of offending someone. Jokes are canned humorous stories which are subtly different from personal anecdotes. With personal anecdotes you have the authority to tell them because they happened to you. Jokes are independent and in a sense artificial so you take a little risk when you launch into one. However, when told well, a joke can cause great amusement and lift the mood of the gathering. A speaker who puts some relevant and well-told jokes into his or her speech will be appreciated by the audience who are often bored with bland presentations and are crying out for a little entertainment.

Here are some tips on how to tell a good joke:http://adjix.com/798r

Public Speaking And Using Humour

The whole point of public speaking is to give your audience something to take with them. Rather it be something of entertainment, something of persuasion, and even just some new and interesting facts. You will want your audience members to be able to say that they learned something or that they don’t waste their time listening to you. You will find that it can be hard to break through and audience, but you will want to use your emotions to convince them that they are getting something out of the time that they are spending with you.You will need to use different tools in working the system. One of the best tools to use is humour.


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Using maps in presentations

…. dedicated to uncovering innovative mapping solutions and fresh design ideas. … the best maps are capable of displaying a stunning depth of geographic information, quickly and easily, in a way no other infographic can match. http://adjix.com/6j65


Underdressing For Public Speaking

Has a guy ever told you something, and you just had to go, “Really?  That’s what you thought.  Really?”

I had one of those thoughts when reading Guy Kawasaki’s Reality Check.  (a must read for every entrepreneur and marketer)

Guy gives tips about public speaking, and one of the tips was to overdress – never dress beneath the level of the audience.  I totally agree.   But it was Guy’s reason not to underdress that made me go, “Really?  That’s the signal it sends?”