How to Deal with Presentations in a Hurry

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Did you ever experience having been asked to present something at a moment’s notice? How did you feel? Did you panic? Were you still able to come up with a good presentation?

One thing that you can do in order to be ready when a situation like this pops up is to have a global structure for your presentation, a general framework or outline that can work for all kind of presentation. Here’s an example:

  1. Introduction
  2. Mission/ Vision
  3. Introduce others as appropriate
  4. State a general structure for the meeting
  5. Start with 3 main points that you’ll cover
  6. Unpack those points
  7. Conclude & summarize

To know more about this, please head to: How to present when there’s no time to prepare

 

 

How to Make Effective Presentations: 6 Tips

businesswoman-giving-presentation-portrait-mature-39858188Practice makes perfect. I know, I know. It’s such a cliche. So for today’s post, I will be giving you other awesome tips on how you can prepare for your presentation and make it more effective.

1. Always make it about your audience — what’s in it for them? 

2. Too much information is a no-no. Just share the essentials. 

3. Remember the five Cs: Be credible, confident, clear, concise and compelling.

4. Model yourself after someone who is qualified and successful in your field. 

5. Prepare answers to possible questions that your audience might ask.

6. Rehearse answers to tough questions. 

To know more insights about how to make an effective presentation, please head to this link: How To Prepare for Presentations – 6 Tips to Make Effective Presentations – from a Presentation Trainer

How to Customize the Ribbon in PowerPoint

powerpoint-tips-customize-powerpoint-interface-1-300x96In PowerPoint, do you find yourself using the same commands over and over? You can be more efficient in your work if you customize the interface in PowerPoint. So instead of finding commands that you use often and clicking them so many times, you can actually customize not only the Quick Access Toolbar (usually at the top left of your screen) but the entire ribbon as well.

Ellen Finkelstein describes how to do this in her blog post Customize the PowerPoint interface.

In her blog post, she details on how you ca customize the ribbon and use multiple configurations as well.

Head to her blog post now to find out more.

No-No’s During a Webinar

webinar-word-cloud-laptop-web-seminar-screen-cup-coffee-42581598When conducting webinars, keep in mind that you have to follow similar principles as when you are giving presentations or talks in person. Below are three things that you should avoid in order to consider your webinar a success.

1. Forget to have a structure – Make sure you grab your audience’s attention as you would when you’re doing this live in front of people. You can do this by sharing an outstanding fact, giving an unusual statistic, anything that can grab and hold their attention.

2. Do bad things with Powerpoint - Just because your audience can’t see you, you’d then resort to using a ton of PowerPoint slides. Remember, quality is better than quantity.

3. Forget to use your voice - This is the only thing left that you have control over when doing webinars. They can’t see you, they can’t touch you but they can hear your voice so use it well to pique their interest and hold their attention.

For more insights on the don’ts of doing a webinar, please head to this link: Don’t Screw Up Your Next Webinar: 3 Mistakes To Avoid

Flipping a Meeting

upside-down-photo-beautiful-young-woman-looking-surprised-30274411The idea of flipping a meeting came from Ellen Finkelstein when she mentioned it during the Presentation Summit after hearing the SVP of Strategic Services at Duarte, Patti Sanchez, talk about slidedocs, which are slides that are used as short documents which can be used for reading before an actual meeting takes place.

Having a flipped meeting is all about distributing materials before a meeting takes place. These materials could be slide documents, notes, results of a research, etc. that attendees of a meeting will have to read and go over, analyze and understand so that during the meeting itself, they will just have to discuss it more, answer questions that may arise and make decisions from there.

By doing this, meeting time is reduced, the attendees can focus on the more important stuff and more relevant decisions can be made.

To know more about this, please head to: The flipped meeting

Awesome Storytelling Tips from Kevin Spacey

c99aa2404369463ef5baa1b65da50d7b_400x400Any form of content marketing like public speaking or presentations is all about making a good story you can sell to people. According to Kevin Spacey (yep, the famous Hollywood actor), there are 3 basic elements that can make your stories great. Here they are:

1. Conflict – The purpose of this is to create tension that will keep people engaged and wanting more.

2. Authenticity – There should be truth in your story. It should be authentic and resonates well with the brand you are selling. 

3. The audience –  Spacey believes that the audiences now are different from before. They want control. They want variety. And therefore, we should give them what they want but without sacrificing your authenticity.

As a final note, Spacey also said that when you know what story you want to tell, everything else will follow.

To know more insights about this, please head to: Kevin Spacey’s Top 3 Tips For Better Storytelling. Yes, That Kevin Spacey

8 Steps to Make Your Webinars Interactive

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????The following tips are from Brenda Bence, who is a corporate branding and personal branding expert.

1. Sign in – by letting your participants sign in, they will get a feel of the room just like how it happens in a real live seminar.

2. Ground rules – by asking your participants to set up the ground rules (like no cellphones, ask questions at the end of every session, listen, focus, etc.), you’ve already started making the webinar interactive.

3. Notification – letting them know that they will be called upon randomly to answer questions will keep them on their toes.

4. Executive presence – have a senior level executive there to answer questions and speak up every once in a  while  to make participants listen and participate more

5. Prizes – by offering prizes, participants will feel more lively and engaged in the discussion

6. Experience – there is so much we can do with technology now. People are no longer limited to listening only during webinars. You can do so much more like: writing on whiteboards, showing videos, conducting a survey or a poll, drawing arrows, etc.

7. Webcam – when telling a story, it’s best to turn the camera on you so they get to see your expression just like when they’re watching you in person.

8. Feedback – just like in a live seminar, it’s always best to ask for feedback at the end of the session.

To get more insights and ideas on how to particularly do these 8 steps, please head to: Make your webinars super interactive

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