Why It’s Important to Start Big When Presenting

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????When making presentations, Ellen Finkelstein advises us to start big. Here’s her logic which I think we should all consider if we want to make a positive impact on our audience:

Starting presentations big will give your audience the overall picture and context. This helps them better understand your message because they see the bigger picture right away.

Below are some ways on how you can start your presentation big:

  1. Explain why you came to do this presentation. What was the problem? What is the audience’s need?
  2. Discuss the context in your industry, in current research, in the economy — whichever context is relevant.
  3. Start with your conclusions — an executive overview, the summary of benefits, the bottom line

For more insight about this, please head to the following link: Start your presentation BIG

Mind Your Presentation Posture. Here’s How:

merry-muscular-blonde-posing-lotus-posture-gray-background-36858673Having a good posture while presenting is very important. It shows that you are well-versed with what you’re conveying to your audience, you are engaged, interested with what’s going on and and alert about the things happening around you while you speak.

Below are tips you can use to make sure that the next time you speak in front of an audience, you will already have the proper posture:


#1 Consult a Wall

Stand a against a wall to know what it feels like to have proper posture.


#2 Distribute Weight Evenly on Your Foot


SThis way, you won’t be experiencing any back aches and other posture problems.


#3 Fill Your Belly


Proper breathing must be practiced.


#4 The Right Shoes for the Job


Avoid footwear that alter your natural stance.


#5 Take a Picture



Look at photos of you while presenting and see how your posture is like.


#6 Shoulder Roll


By rolling your shoulders up and backwards, you will help yourself practice proper posturing.

#7 The Ol’ Book


Us ethe “old book on your head” routine for balance and correct posture. To know more about this, please head to:  7 Tips for Better Presentation Posture

How to Change the Slide Master Design of an Existing Presentation

powerpoint-tips-apply-a-master-4-300x113 (2)Do you have an existing PowerPoint presentation that you want to change in terms of its design, particularly its Slide Master design? Well, you can actually apply a Slide Master design to an existing presentation.

You just do these two steps first:

  1. Choose View tab, Slide Master.
  2. In the left-hand pane, scroll up to the first, larger thumbnail.

There’s a wrong way of doing this and a better way of applying a Slide Master to a presentation. It is basically about creating a theme file so you can then easily apply your design and not fret about copying over your original presentation.

To know more about how to do this, please head to: Apply a slide master to a presentation


Ellen Finkelstein’s Smart Talk Podcast with Lisa B. Marshall About PowerPoint and Presentations

ad-training-square-240x240Ellen Finkelstein recently had an interesting conversation with Lisa B. Marshall where she talked about PowerPoint and presentations. In particular, they talked about presentation designs, trends and questions people would usually ask her like:

– how to not put everything on a slide
– where to get good, free images
– how to not read your slides
– techniques on how to engage the audience especially during webinars
– how to use feedback to move your presentations forward
– the difference between live presentations and online presentations

Lisa B. Marshall also mentioned one of Ellen’s e-books called The Lost Art of Persuasion. Here, she further probed into the 3 mistakes most presenters make when trying to persuade an audience.

During the course of the conversation, a compare and contrast was also made between the use of Tell n’ Show instead of Show n’ Tell and what that means. Furthermore, a distinction was made between the use of photos and ClipArt.

Before the talk ended, a very important question was asked by Lisa: When is it good not to be using PowerPoint to which Ellen gave a very insightful answer.

If you’re a speaker or a presenter, I encourage you to listen to Ellen’s Smart Talk podcast. Here’s the link: http://t.co/OzDRFvbtYp


Set the Exact Position of an Object in PowerPoint

ruler-to-measure-to-know-18665805To those using PowerPoint slides in their presentation, do you know how to precisely specify the position of an image or object? Maybe you’d say that it is easy because usually, it is. But it is only easy when you know where to find the settings.

Most of the time, PowerPoint users would want to specify the position of an image so that images on adjacent slides would be in the same place and it won’t look like you are jumping from slide to slide. There will be uniformity in the slides and the entire presentation would look flawless. 

There are two usual solutions on how to do this:

1. Copy and Paste

2. Use a Ruler

However, there is a third and best solution for this which is to:

3. Specify the Exact Position

By doing so, you can now match the exact positions of two objects or easily set the position of 1 object.

To know more about how to do this, please head to: How to specify the position of an image or object on a PowerPoint slide–precisely

Questions to Ponder When Introducing a Speaker

business-introduction-3017699When introducing a speaker, it is important to answer four important questions that will let you create a pleasant harmony between the subject, the audience, the occasion, and the speaker.

What are these questions that you should take note of when introducing a speaker?


  • Why this subject?
  • Why this subject before this audience?
  • Why this subject before this audience at this time?
  • Why this subject before this audience at this time by this speaker?

Of course, you shouldn’t say these questions out loud then answer each. You just need to effortlessly let the answers to these questions flow as you make the introduction.

To guide you better how to do this, please head to this article: 9 Tips on How to Introduce a Speaker



How to Be Aware of Time During a PowerPoint Presentation

eight-o-clock-16196779For presenters who use PowerPoint and would like to keep track of their time, it’s not enough that there is a clock on the wall or that he or she is wearing a watch. What if the clock is behind you as the presenter or what if it gets too distracting to be looking at your watch every few minutes? This won’t look good in front of your audience at all. It would seem like you’re rushing through your presentation.

So what do you do?

Ellen Finkelstein recommends showing the time on your PowerPoint slides. In her post, Show the current time on your PowerPoint, she shares a video on how this is done.

There are some pros and cons to doing this and you would have to judge for yourself if this is helpful for you over all. Head to that post now and start applying this on your presentation.

The Right Kind of Jewelry for Presenters

jewelry-set-12473989Most presentations and talks are done in a formal setting. With this in mind, it’s good to know what kinds of jewelry a speaker or presenter must wear to further establish his or her credibility to the audience.

Below are seven (7) things to keep in mind when it comes to wearing jewelry for presenters:

1. Earrings

Basically, wear a pair that matches your formal outfit. Make sure it;s not distracting and exudes a classic and simple design.

2. Necklaces

Necklaces made of beads or those with small pendants would be best.

3. Watches

Wrist watches with leather or metal band is ideal.

4. Rings

There should just be one set of ring on each hand and this already includes a wedding or an engagement ring.

5. Cufflinks

Classically shaped cufflinks are good like round or square ones.

6. Lapel Pins

Lapel pins are worn best when you wear a suit jacket and choose one which represents you best but in a subtle way.

To know more about the rules when wearing jewelry as a presenter, please head to:  The Laws of Jewelry for Presenters

What Not To Do During Webinars

webiners-betaOne of the most powerful tools for long distance communication between a guru/teacher/speaker and its audience is a webinar. The numerous possibilities for marketing, meeting from afar as well as training people have been opened and if you haven’t been joining this bandwagon yet, then it’s about time you do.

But of course, the effectiveness of these webinars will only be achieved when done right. How are webinars done right?

Ellen Finkelstein wrote an article explaining the 8 deadly sins of webinars and how to avoid them. Here’s the summarized version:

1. Reading the slides

2. Staying on the same slide for more than 2 minutes

3. Using animation improperly – too much or too little

4. Not using interactive features

5. Using PowerPoint like a word processor

6. Talking in a monotone

7. Not knowing the webinar software!

8.  Not providing follow-up

To find out more about this, please head to this awesome article by Ellen Finkelstein: Avoid the 8 deadly sins of webinars by @EFinkelstein