3 Solutions to Data-Heavy Presentations

set-infographics-urban-demographics-data-icons-elements-illustration-retro-design-36416890Sometimes you can’t avoid giving presentations that are heavy on data. Examples of this would be presentations for demographics, market researches and such. So how do you solve this? How do you make your presentations interesting even if it’s full of data and numbers?

Below are 3 solutions:

1. Use Notes pages – use the Notes pane and put some of the data there. You can print this out later to be distributed among your audience.

2. Send to Word – Send your presentation to Microsoft Word.

3. Use letter-sized slides – This is best used when you won’t be projecting slides at all.

You can read the complete instructions on how to apply these solutions by heading to this post: Handouts for data-heavy presentations

 

Placeholders in PowerPoint – When to use them?

vintage-graphic-page-placeholder-menu-restaurant-detailed-illustration-illustration-eps-color-space-rgb-40959675When do you use placeholders in PowerPoint? When do you not use it?

If your slide uses a large image, it is best to use the Title Only layout. Follow this:

  • Type the title and choose Insert tab, Pictures to insert the picture you need.
  • Resize the title placeholder so that the title doesn’t overlap the image.

In the event that you need your images to be in the same size and the same place on each of your slide use placeholders, especially in a custom layout.

You can find out more about this here: Don’t use placeholders for images, unless…

Improve Your Performance With These Gestures

body gestureThe way we move and position ourselves can have a huge effect on the way we think and feel. Try these few body gestures and see how it helps you.

Cross Your Arms to Solve Problems

Crossing your arms will make you solve problems better. So if you are stuck with a problem, do this and see how determined you get in solving that problem of yours!

Lie Down to Be More Creative 

When you are lying down, you become your most creative self according to Australia National University professor Dr. Darren Lipnicki. Now who doesn’t wanna lie down and do that? Try it!

Smile to Reduce Stress

When you smile, you signal your brain that whatever it is that you are doing, you are doing it with ease. Try it!

These are just three ways you can apply to help improve your performance. More here: 11 Body Positions and Gestures That Can Improve Your Performance

Five Presentation Lessons from John Oliver

meeting-presentation-3218865 (1)Below are five lessons we can learn from John Oliver in his show Tonight with John Oliver. Apply these on your own presentation and see how much more engaged your audience will be:

1. Humour works - Life is already too serious. Injecting humor into serious topics (like crime, poverty and the likes) could make your presentation a lot more bearable and interesting.

2. Short and simple – No matter how complicated your topic is, make is short and sweet.

3. Credible information – Always based your claims on facts and proofs.

4. Videos & images – use videos and images to support your presentation and to make it more interesting and engaging.

5. Passion - When you are passionate about what you preach, it will shine through and people will believe you more and see you as more credible.

For more insights about this, please head to: 5 Presentation Lessons from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

 

Use Photos with Vignette Effect

Using photos in presentations is effective when done right. More so if the picture has a certain effect that is pleasing to the eyes. Isn’t it nice to use an image with a vignette effect?

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It is very easy to do this in PowerPoint. Here are the first few steps:

  1. Insert a rectangle over the image.

  2. Right-click and choose Format Shape

  3. In the dialog box or task pane (depending on your version of PowerPoint), in the Line section, choose No Line.

  4. In the Fill section, change the color to black or dark gray. I used a very dark gray.

To learn about the next steps, please head to this link: Create a vignette effect to make a photo more powerful

What Not To Do When Presenting

do-not-sign-handprint-illustration-design-over-white-background-48231766I usually give tips on this blog on what a speaker should do or apply in his speech and presentations to make him look professional, make him effective and more interesting and captivating to the audience. On this post however, let me give you a few quick tips on what NOT to do instead:

  1. Begin your talk or presentation with an agenda slide. It’s unnecessary and your audience doesn’t really care. Instead, say or do something that will grab their attention right from the get-go.
  2. Let your audience hold their questions until the end.
  3. Make visual aids that are hard to process. They take the attention of the audience away from you.
  4. Say sorry. It takes away your power and credibility.
  5. Skip recapping the whole idea of your presentation.

To learn more about this, please head to: 5 other things that presenters should never do…

3 Tips to Becoming a Better Speaker

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????There are still so many things you can do, so many things you can improve on to become a better speaker. For now, here are three:

  1. Say this phrase over and over and put it to heart: “Thank you for you time. It has been my honor and pleasure to be here today.” Say it and really mean it. 
  2. Skip memorizing your speech word for word. Do an outline instead. Take the message you want to convey to heart. Break down your speech into chunks.
  3. Have others record you as you do your speech so you will know what areas you need to improve on.

For more tips on becoming a better speaker, please head to: 13 Ways You Can Become a Better Speaker Right NOW

 

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