7 Ways to Improve Your Slides

meeting-room-screen-1752362When making PowerPoint slides, there are things you can do to help improve them and make them easier for you to do and more interesting for your audience to watch. Here are seven of them:

1. Ditch the text boxes!

2. Change the text setting.

3. Use SmartArt.

4.Use the Notes pane.

5. Make each slide title work hard!

6. Don’t needlessly capitalize words.

7. Think, what picture would make this clearer or more memorable?

For more details about this, just head to this link: 7 quick fixes to your slides based on my experience with clients

 

What Not to Say When Speaking or Presenting

up-down-28938876When delivering your speech or presentation, there are some things that you just shouldn’t say. Here are some of them:

1. People fear public speaking more than they fear death.

2. People would rather be in the casket than delivering the eulogy.

3. Communication is 93% nonverbal.

These things are simply not true and are oftentimes misrepresentations from old researches. If you want to be credible and effective, say something new and something that’s actually true and based on proper research.

For more information about this, please go to this link: Three ways you should never start your presentation

 

The Importance of Branding in Your Presentations

original-brand-21871751If yo want to be successful in your business, you have to consider branding when presenting. Below are four reasons telling you that branding is essential in the growth of your business:

  1. Branding makes people remember you better because most people tend to be visual
  2. Branding distinguishes you from other brands especially your competition
  3. Branding prompts people to share your products and services to others especially if they are satisfied
  4. Branding helps connect people with you emotionally — just because images have certain emotional power

If you want to know more about branding and how it can help your business grow, please head to this link: Why branding is essential for your presentations

Gesturing Mistakes to Avoid When Presenting

business-gestures-27759836Everyone gestures including speakers and presenters. But how do you control your gestures in such a way that they work for you? Perhaps, by looking at gesturing mistakes presenters do, you’ll be more aware of your own gestures too and how you can work them to your advantage.

  • Gesture Mistake #1 – Don’t point at your audience!
  • Gesture Mistake #2 – Don’t script your gestures
  • Gesture Mistake #3 – Beware of gesturing too much
  • Gesture  Mistake #4  Don’t only use one hand to gesture
  • Gesture Mistake #5  – Don’t gesture at waist level or below
  • Gesture Mistake #6 – Don’t keep your elbows locked to your sides

What you can do to find out if you also commit the same gesturing mistakes is have someone record a video of you while you give a speech. This way, you can study what gestures you should avoid or try to improve.

To find out more about this, please head to: Effective Gestures for Better Presentations

Use Transitions as Animations

powerpoint-tips-animation-with-transitionsDo you want to include animations in your presentations? Perhaps you can try adding cool animations that are easy to do. Then why not try using transitions! You might not thinks of them as animations but they actually are!

What are transitions? Transitions are animations used between slides — which in turn  introduce a new slide. I remember some presentations in the past that used this but most of the time, the presenter only used one or a few kinds of transitions. This time, PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 offer a lot of other advantages when using the new animations they have provided.

To leaen ore about thses transitions and when to use them in your slide, please head to this link: Animate with transitions for cool effects

3 Positive Changes You Can Do to Your Presentations

make-change-hand-writing-red-marker-transparent-wipe-board-30670561Sometimes, in order to help improve the quality of presentations being done inside corporate offices, there are steps one must do to lead certain changes in an organization. These changes are:

Step 1: Remind yourself and others of the financial impact of poor presentations 

By giving monetary value to the presentations employees and executives do, they would be more motivated to make these presentations better.

Step 2: Start small 

Don’t do all the changes on all slides all at once. Start with one key message on the most important slide.

Step 3: Listen to feedback to build support for the changes

Always ask your audience for feedback. Did they like how you made your slides? Was your presentation a lot more engaging this time? Take note of the feedback and act accordingly.

For more information about this, please head to: 3 Steps to Lead Presentation Change in 2014

Make Your Own Torn Edge Effect on PowerPoint

When doing PowerPoint presentations, you sometimes need to show just a part of an image. In some cases, the image may be too big to fit the screen and making it smaller will lessen its clarity or perhaps, you just want your audience to focus on a certain tiny portion of the image.

So how do you show this in such a way that your audience will know that it’s just part of a bigger image? There should be a clue somehow, right? One thing you can do is to show the cut-off side as a torn edge. Expert presenters do this when doing webinars like this for example:

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In order to know how to do this, head to this link: Create a torn edge effect–with video tutorial

On that blog post, PowerPoint MVP Ellen Finkelstein has a video tutorial to show you how it’s all done. Now you can make your own torn edge effect too!