Visual Aids

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Special Tips for Laptop Presentations

If you are presenting, odds are you are using your laptop either to walk the listeners through content in a small group, or projected on a screen to a larger group, or online when speaking with a virtual group. It’s just how we present these days. But so many people stumble over the technology, which […]

15 Quick Tips for Delivering Slides and Visual Aids

Slide shows getting boring? Next time you get ready to deliver a presentation using slides, review this list and commit to delivering your slides with impact. Decide if a slideshow is really needed. If it adds value to the audience, use it. If you are using it as a crutch, skip it. Don’t just tell. […]

10 Super-Quick Tips to Design Better Slides

10 Super-Quick Tips to Design Better Slides

Next time you open PowerPoint to create a slide deck for a meeting or presentation, remember these super-quick tips to ensure better-looking, better-functioning slides that add visual value to your talk. Highlight key words by bolding, not by underlining. Avoid Random Caps, ALL CAPS, and inconsistencies in capitalization. Stamp out ugly “bumper sticker” boxes. Soften […]

How to Move From Good to Great Speaking

James was a skilled high potential leader who spoke with great composure and strength. These skills had served him well in his previous roles, but now he was moving into “large group” presentations where he needed to provide direction rather than details, and motivate more than inform.  His goal was to add more appeal, more […]

How to Rock your Number-Driven Presentation

How to Rock your Number-Driven Presentation

John was reluctant to present monthly results to his leaders. His heavily chart-laden slides either resulted in sleepy audiences, or in lots of questions, most of them off-topic. What to do? If your presentations are number-heavy, or if you are presenting financial data, you might want to try some of these tips to bring them […]

Training? Seven  Ways to Keep it Fresh

Training? Seven Ways to Keep it Fresh

Tired of the same old-same old training session or presentation? If you are, you can bet your audience will be too. So start thinking creatively about ways to change it up, break it up and shake it up…for your benefit and that of your audience. Here are a few ideas just to get you started. […]

Go Deep for Outstanding Technical Presentations

Go Deep for Outstanding Technical Presentations

If your content is technical, complex, data driven or numbers-heavy, you will want to listen up. Don’t fall into the camp of “I know it is dry and boring content but I can’t do anything about it…” Instead, try one or all of these strategies to make complex information more engaging and more interesting. Use […]

Do Your Homework for Great Presentation Skills

Do Your Homework for Great Presentation Skills

Sam didn’t know what a great business presentation looked like. He had joined his organization right after leaving school, and when he presented, he was alone with his clients. Other than all-hands meetings, he just hadn’t been exposed to many presentations, so it was hard for him to evaluate his own presentation skills. Some of […]

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