The Importance of Presentation Design

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????If you’re an entrepreneur selling expensive products, your presentations should also match the level of luxury your products offer. Otherwise, there’d be a disconnect and instead of attracting more customers to buy your products, it might just do the opposite. It’s kind of like branding where your brand should permeate in every part of your business, including presentations.

If you’ve been doing presentations, check to see if the quality of your presentations match the quality of products you offer. if you think they do not, then it may be time to get a designer to help you with your presentations. Doing so will show that you care about how you would project your business to the public.

In the blog post, Your presentation deserves the same respect as your website and brochures!, the author describes her experience at an internet marketing conference she attended where she critiqued the slides used during a sales presentation. Read the article learn about her insights.

 

 

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5 Tips to Great Speechwriting

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????How can you write a great speech? What factors should be considered? Below are five basic tips you can follow to write great speeches:

•    Great speeches are primarily emotional, not logical – the more you can evoke the emotions of your audience, the more they’ll get hooked on your speech and make it memorable for them.
•    Small shifts in tone make an enormous difference to the audience, so sweat the details – by varying the tone of your voice at certain points, you emphasize the important and crucial details of your speech.
•    A great speech has a clear voice speaking throughout – make sure that whatever tone and volume you use, your voice should be clear enough to be understood by everyone inside the room.
•    A great speech conveys one idea only, though it can have lots of supporting points – this one idea will tie everything together and make your speech cohesive
•    A great speech answers a great need – after all, it’s always about the audience and not you.

To know more about this, please head to: The Five Basic Secrets of Great Speechwriting

5 Ways of Getting Better at Impromptu Speaking

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Impromptu speaking has a different set of skills as compared to the usual prepared speech public speakers and presenters do. Speaking on the spot, without any preparation and without knowing what to expect can be pretty scary. If some presenters who have prepared well still nervous in front of an audience, how much more for those who are asked to do an impromptu speech?

Well, don’t worry too much. There are things you can do to prepare yourself somehow. Below are five tips on how to do better at impromptu speaking:

  1. Become aware that you are blocking yourself  
    When people are asked to speak on the spot, they would normally turn on their internal critic which shuts any creative ideas down. Acknowledge that this is happening. becoming aware of it is the first step to unlocking your brain and making it flow with ideas eventually.
  2. Practice  “accepting” your own ideas
    Instead of thing “Yes, but…” every time a new idea pops in your head, think “Yes, and…” This way, you put trust into your own ideas and from there, your inner creativity will shine.
  3. Learn about improvisation
    Join a class of find people who do improvs. You can also do research online. This way, your skills in extemporaneous speeches will improve.
  4. Find a local Toastmasters club
    Just like in joining improvs, joining  Toastmasters International for instance can help you practice your ability to speak on the spot.
  5. Practice self compassion
    It is normal to make mistakes as you learn better how to do impromptu speeches. Forgive yourself and move on. Keep improving and doing things that will make you a better extemporaneous speaker.

For more insights about this, please head to: Tips for impromptu speaking – learn to trust yourself

Collaborate Using Office Online

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Last week, I’ve shared with you how to collaborate in PowerPoint presentations. This is part II – another way that you can make your collaboration. You can actually post your presentation on Office Online (which was previously called Office Web Apps). Though the online version of PowerPoint is lacking several features present in the desktop version, simple editing can still be done.

How do you use Office Online?

You just have to start your computer by first using the desktop version of PowerPoint and then you go to the online version.

Office Online will let editors do their edits simultaneously. This way, all concerned can work on the presentation all at the same time. You can see all the changes being made which will make presentation collaboration easier.

For more information about this, please head to: 2 ways to collaborate with others on your presentations-Part II

Bad Habits to Avoid When Communicating

healthy-habits-office-notes-21588360Whether you are talking to a friend, a colleague or a group of people, these habits below should be avoided to ensure proper and good communication. These habits are:

1. Gossip
Though we are all guilty of this habit from time to time, it’s best to try to avoid it as much as possible. After all, don’t great minds discuss ideas while average minds discuss events and small minds discuss people? How do you want to be known as?

2. Judging
When you know you are being judged, it’s kind of hard to listen to that person judging you, right? So have an honest dialogue instead.

3. Negativity
Isn’t it hard to listen to someone who is a negative thinker and always sees the bad side of things? So be positive instead.

4. Complaining
Complaining is also similar to being negative. If you always complain, people won’t find you approachable.

5. Excuses
Instead of making excuses and blaming others, take responsibility for your own actions and failures.

6. Exaggeration 
Exaggeration is like lying. And lying is wrong.

7. Dogmatism
Don’t confuse facts with opinions.

To know more about this, please head to: 7 things good communicators must not do