The Don’ts of Presentation Preparation

plan-practice-prepare-3-arrow-wheel-15289139When it comes to presenting well, it’s not about how much you’ve prepared for your presentation but how correctly you did your preparations for it.

Below are errors presenters make when preparing for presentations. Beware and try not to do any of these things:

  1. Not having the right intention: Have clear goal and objective for your speech.
  2. Not preparing your content before you prepare your PowerPoint™: Prepare your content first which will serve as your blueprint to be followed by the visuals.
  3. Not realizing that your content has two parts—message and structure: Build your content and then make sure that it follows a certain structure when you tell it to your audience.
  4. Not practicing your delivery ahead of time: Remember that even the best speakers practice their presentation out loud at least 3 times before every presentation they give.
  5. Not showing physical excitement and passion: It’s not enough that you know all the details of your topic. you should be able to show passion and excitement when conveying your message as well.
  6. Not letting your voice be free: Make your voice work for you by using it to elicit various emotions from your audience.
  7. Not showing confidence and energy: Even if you don’t feel energetic at first, you should be able to fake it until you make it.

To find out more about this, please head to: 7 Deadly Sins of Presentation Preparation

Burst and Star Graphics for Presentations

If you need to make graphics with impact for your blog posts, newsletters, training materials and other visual aids, you can do so by using one with burst or star shapes.

Making a burst image or star graphic is pretty easy. Ellen Finkelstein in her blog post, Create your own graphics with bursts and stars, gives you 11 easy steps to follow so you can format an image to look like this:

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You will need PowerPoint to do this. Head there now and find out how you can make interesting graphics with bursts and stars.

Grow Your Brand: Tips for Speakers

personal-brand-wood-type-isolated-text-mixed-letterpress-printing-blocks-31016445As professional speakers, it is important that you grow your personal brand. Social media can help you in this aspect. Through the utilization of various social media accounts, you can convey your message to your target market and meet like-minded people as well.

Below are three things you can do to help grow your brand as a professional speaker:

  1. Don’t Neglect Your Blog – Find time to schedule blog posts about topics related to your niche and what your target audience care about.
  2. YouTube Marketing – You can upload one of your talks on Youtube, embed it on your blog and share it on your social media sites.
  3. Podcasts – Upload an audio recording of one of your speeches. This is a nice way of displaying both your knowledge and expertise.

By being consistent with the scheduling and posting of your content, you will come to know your audience better. Interact with them and be more social. Engage with your audience.

To find out more about this, please head to: Content Tips for Professional Speakers

 

How to Format Headshots for Presentations

powerpoint-tips-format-head-shots-1When you format multiple headshots to be used in presentations, it is important that you format them in a consistent manner. This is usually done when you ask for the headshots of several people from your company, your department or your organization.

It is but natural that they’d submit headshots of various sizes and formats. When you present them in a slide, it will look better if the headshots will look consistent.

It is not enough that you resize the photos to make them the same size but you will have to crop them in such a way that it will show the same kind of look — same amount of body, head and shoulders.

To find out more how to do this on a  step-by-step process, please head to this link: Format multiple headshots for consistency

 

How to Start a Speech the Right Way

grand-opening-banner-10540289Your opening line must be able to immediately grab your audience’s attention. Set aside the usual “My name is ________ and I’m here to talk about __________” kind of opening speech. This will surely bore your audience without fail.  There are a lot of ways one can deliver an opening with impact. Below are four of them:

1. Start with a quote. Of course you have to choose one that fits your topic and something that your audience can relate with. It helps if they know who the  quote is from.

2. Create a “what if” scenario. By painting a picture of possibilities, you immediately engage your audience. For example, say something like “What if I tell you that you can attain wealth beyond your wildest dreams?” A line similar to that will surely catch their attention and immediately engage them.

3. Use an “imagine” scenario. By letting your audience imagine something amazing happening to them, you immediately bring them into the presentation. This is similar to #2.

4. Ask a question – rhetorical or literal. By asking a question, the audience intuitively answers in their mind even if they are not required. This immediately brings them into the presentation as well.

For more insights about this matter, please head to: How to Engage Your Audience In Three Sentences or Less

How to Use Textured Background in PowerPoint

metal-grid-texture-small-wholes-pattern-shapes-36060593Artistic Effects is a tool used in PowerPoint starting with 2010 which helps convert shapes to images then later apply effects to those images to create a textured background effect making your slides look more interesting and engaging. For instance, you can do three things:

  • You can change color
  • You can soften
  • You can lighten or darken

To do this, check out this link: Create a quick texture background

Speaking of changing colors, you can use black & white textured background images for infinite flexibilityA beautiful background is one that isn’t too striking. After all, the focus of your audience should still be on the content. The background should just add interest to the overall look of your presentation. Having a black & white texture can offer you much flexibility.

To find out more about this, head to:  Use black & white textured background images for infinite flexibility

 

3 Ways to Close a Speech with a Bang

close-up-end-vintage-book-13037813Closing your speech properly is as important as your opening remarks and delivering a thought-provoking body of presentation. You can’t just engage them during your storytelling and then end everything abruptly or with a bland one-liner thank you speech. The closing part is the last impression you will leave with your audience therefore it is important to make it count as well.

Below are tips on what you can do to make a killer closing for your presentation or speech.

1. A Direct Call to Action – The closing of your speech should be able to tell your audience what you would like for them to do next.

2. A Call to Vision – Create a mental vision of the future and motivate your audience to work towards it.

3. A Call to Question – Leave your audience with a rhetorical question that will make them think.

 

To get more insight on how to end your presentation or speech with a bang, head to this link: How To Close A Speech That Brings Your Audience To Their Feet