Whether you are a professional speaker or someone who only makes the occasional presentation, you could be more effective with better slides. In this podcast, I share my seven rules for better presentations.
I have sat through hundreds of slide presentations, maybe thousands. Some of them were stunning; most of them mind-numbing. I will also share with you from my experience as a professional speaker, who doesn’t have it all figured out but who is committed to never-ending improvement.
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I originally created slideshows the old-fashioned way—with cardboard-framed, 35mm slides inserted into a slide carousel. In May 1990, Microsoft revolutionized the business world by releasing PowerPoint. It totally changed the way presentations were made.
But unfortunately, slide presentation software has not improved the quality of speeches. In fact, often it gets in the way.
In this episode I share my seven rules for making your slide presentations more effective.
- Make sure you start with a solid presentation.
- Don’t give your presentation center stage.
- Use big, compelling images.
- Stick to one point per slide.
- Make your slides readable.
- Eliminate clutter.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said. “A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
- Have a backup plan.
- DJ Wade-O asked, “Do you believe there should be a correlation between the length of your presentation and the length of your slide deck?” He also asked, “Do you think you should use the same background and design for every slide deck?”
- Dwayne Morris, “Do you agree with Guy Kawasaki that decks should be five slides or less?”
- Matt McMoore, “How do you handle main points and sub points?”
- Mike Hansen, “What does a bad slide look like?”
- Ryan Parker, “What do you use for Skype interviews?”
- Scott Kantner, “What kind of pre-flight checklist do you use to address the technical details?”
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- My next podcast will be on the topic of “How Get the Most Out of the Meetings You Attend.” If you have a question about this topic—and want a chance to get on the show—leave me a voicemail message. This is a terrific way to cross-promote YOUR blog or website, because I will link to it, just like I did with the callers in this episode.
In this episode I mentioned several resources, including:
- Conference: The SCORRE Conference
- Web Service: iStockPhoto.com
- Web Service: Flickr.com
- Web Service: ShutterStock.com
- Book: Slide:ology by Nancy Duarte
- Book: Resonate by Nancy Duarte
- Book: Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
- Book: Presentation Zen Design by Garr Reynolds
- Book: How to Be a Presentation God by Scott Schwertly
- Speech: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
- Font: Myriad Pro
- Post: How to Record a Video Interview in Eight Steps
- Software: Call Recorder for Skype
- Hardware: Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910
- Hardware: Mac Mini Displayport to VGA
- Hardware: Mac Mini Displayport to HDMI
- Hardware: Mac Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter
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