How Professional Presenters Do It

How many of you gets to be frustrated when preparing a PowerPoint presentation? Isn’t it that most often than not, you always tend to spend a lot more time doing your slides than you actually intended? This is definitely how professionals do it. Expert presenters make their PowerPoint presentations  in a short period of time so they can focus more on other more important things like being able to give great content, etc.

If you want to learn the details of how professionals do it, but you don’t have the time to study a whole course about it, then head to Ellen Finkelstein’s 101 Tips Every PowerPoint User Should Know. It’s packed with all the essentials that will teach you how to become a great and powerful presenter.

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Applying the 80-20 Rule in Presentations

There is this principle called the Pareto principle, which is  also more popularly known as the 80-20 rule, stating hat in most instances,  roughly 80% of the effects are  from 20% of the causes. To illustrate,  Microsoft noted before that by fixing the top 20% of the most reported bugs, they can eliminate 80% of the errors and crashes. In The 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss, the author recommends that we focus our attention on the 20% of tasks that contribute to the 80% of our income.

Using this principle on presentation, what 20% of our time spent on presentations contributes to 80% of our results? And what is the time sink that takes up much of our time without yielding  the results we want?

A lot of  people spend 80% of their time on making slides and only 20% of their time doing the more essential stuff.

On Ellen Finkelstein’s blog, she teaches us 6 quick ways on how to improve our presentations 80% in 20% of our time. It’s a must read for presentation folks like me. Do visit her site.

Presenters Can Learn From Seinfeld

I came across a blog post that details how a presenter can learn from one of the famous sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld. I’d like to summarize here the presentation tips given:

1. Your presentation should move the way Seinfeld moved its story line from one plot to the next.

2. Every little thing you present and every little detail of your presentation  should have a story.

3. Master your presentation down to the most mundane detail so you’d know what to say and do when attacked by presentation nazis.

For complete details about the presentation tips, please go here.

Ellen Finkelstein’s Training Video on Slide Layout

Do you want to learn the crucial  skill of how to layout clear, professional slides?

PowerPoint MVP Ellen Finkelstein has released a fantastic training video packed with essential content where you will learn both the basic and advanced skills of laying out and more! The training video is FREE.

Sign up if you don’t want to be caught unprepared for a presentation again. It’ll be gone in three weeks so hurry —


Benefits of Being a Motivational Speaker

Being a motivational speaker, especially a youth motivational speaker, is probably one of the best jobs in the planet. You get to talk about what you know, you get to share live passion, you get to share your principles and you get to help a multitude of people in the process while making money at the same time.

Watch the video of Josh Shipp as he describes to you his enriching life doing what he loves. Perhaps, you too will get motivated to act on that dream of yours to become a motivational speaker and start changing the lives of people around you as well.

Watch the video here.

How to Prepare for a Successful Presentation

Ellen Finkelstein discusses how one can prepare for a successful presentation. There are 16 steps and they’re all about perfecting one’s preparation in order to have a flawless presentation.

The preparation starts with an overview and ends with a dress rehearsal. Read all the steps and make sure you follow each one. Read all about it here.

21 tips to improve your presentations right now

Lisa Braithwaite offers 21 ways to improve presentations. Here are a couple:

Videotape or audio record yourself. Then watch and critique with sound on and sound off. Smile more. Give yourself an extra week to practice.”

Worth a read.

Switch the focus from the data to the audience

Dave Paradi’s article describes  how he helped an executive switch the focus from the data to how the data could help the audience. He writes,

“By taking the audience’s perspective, you gain great clarity on what they are looking for and what is important to them.”

Read more about how to use data while focusing on the audience.

Mindmapping your Presentation–Are You Making this Mistake?

Olivia Mitchell writes about the dangers of mindmapping presentations. She says,

“In the past month I’ve sat through three presentations by professional speakers. They were all planned by mindmapping. None of these presentations reached their potential. “

Read more about when mindmapping is useful and when it might not be.

Presentation Power: Four Ways to Persuade

This article, by Marjorie Brody, explains ways to organize your persuasive presentation. She describes 4 critical factors that make a presenter and presentation persuasive: logos, pathos, ethos, and passion.