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

Collaboration in PowerPoint Presentations

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Do you know that there are two ways to collaborate with others on your presentation using PowerPoint? Emailing each other about updates and edits on your presentation can get pretty confusing fast because it’s hard to keep track of the latest changes. So what can you do instead? Below are two things you can do to make collaboration a lot easier when it comes to presentations.

1. Add comments to  presentation – By adding comments to a presentation, all parties involved can have a chance to write their opinions on how to make the presentation better. They can suggest changes and edits that need to be made.

2. Compare two presentations – Once you have two similar presentations that went through suggests, edits and changes, the Compare feature will show you the differences between the 2 presentations.

To find out more about the step-by-step process on how to add comments and compare two presentations, please head to this link: 2 ways to collaborate with others on your presentations-Part I


Presentation Lessons from Billy Wilder

film-award-clapperboard-d-image-41896180Academy Award winner producer, director and screenwriter Billy Wilder can teach us a thing or two about presentation. Below are some things we can apply to make our stories stick to our audience:

  1. The audience is fickle. What works for your audience today may not work for them tomorrow. So know your audience well. It may be your story your telling but be sure that your audience can resonate with it.
  2. Grab ’em by the throat and never let ’em go. Don’t dilly dally when you start. Begin with a bang! Get them immediately hooked.
  3. Develop a clean line of action for your leading character. Make sure that the arc of change in your story is clear and meaningful.
  4. Know where you’re going. Just like what Stephen Covey wrote in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Begin with the end in mind.” You must know where your story is headed.

Learn the other tips you can get from Billy Wilder which you can apply in your presentations by going to this link: 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder


How to Fix Axis Labels in PowerPoint

powerpoint-tips-chart-axis-label-placement-1Do you know how to moving the axis labels when a PowerPoint chart/graph has both positive and negative values? Well, by default PowerPoint will the horizontal axis labels near the axis. Typically, this is how it works. However, when there is a combination of positive and negative numbers, the bars get to interfere with the labels.

But don’t fret because you can do something to make this right. Here is what you do:

  1. Select the chart.

  2. Right-click the horizontal axis text and choose Format Axis.

  3. In PowerPoint 2013: In the taskpane on the right, click the arrow next to Labels to expand that section.

  4. In PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013: Click the Label Position or Axis Labels drop-down list and choose High. (Another option that works in some situations is Low.)

To get more insight about this, please head to this post:  Moving the axis labels when a PowerPoint chart/graph has both positive and negative values

Use Props in Presentations

party-props-set-mustaches-lips-eyeglasses-silhouettes-design-elements-isolated-white-background-36448374Why is it helpful to use props in presentations? How do we use these things? Below are things you should take note of when it comes to the use of props in presentations:

1. Take the audience on an emotional journey. 

This is because props can paint a picture that brings out the emotions of the audience.

2. Bring the world to your audience.

Through the use of props (e.g. costumes), you can bring your audience to a particular time period.

3. Don’t let your props throw you off.

Sometimes, your props take long to get prepped or something could go wrong. Don’t let it distract you from your main presentation.

4. Make sure your prop is relevant. 

Make sure your props are tied to the message you want to convey to your audience.

These are just some of the things you should remember when using props on your presentation. To know more, please head to this link: 9 ways to use props for maximum impact in your presentations

How do you make your slides the size of your paper?

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????This is a new idea by Ellen Finkelstein for people who only print slides, meaning, those who use presentations that never get projected on a screen.

It is still best to use PowerPoint because its layout is easier to use than Word. You can easily place charts and images here as compared to Word. This is because PowerPoint, is a graphics program, making placement easy.

Here is one idea for switching from the usual landscape slide size to a vertical and bigger slide size:

Create a custom layout that includes a title, a text placeholder and another placeholder that can contain an image or a graph. Start with the Two Content placeholder, duplicate it, and then make adjustments.

For more information on how to do this, please head to: Do you present with printed slides? What if your slides were the size of your paper?

Use a Blank Slide for a Powerful Presentation

blank-projector-canvas-office-shot-40629971Do you use PowerPoint slides when presenting? Have you come up with a powerful technique to distinguish your talk from the ocean of PowerPoint presentations you show your audience?

Well, this post is all about that powerful technique. There is that one unique slide you can use that presenters oftentimes overlook —the blank (blacked-out) slide used at critical moments.

Below are three ways you can use this blank slide:

  1. Start your presentation with a blank screen – this way YOU become the first impression of your presentation and not your slides. 
  2. Blank the screen during your presentation – this will make it feel like you’re having an intimate moment with your audience.
  3. End with a blank screen – the closing of your presentation is the last thing your audience will hear. By ending with a blank screen while you give your closing remarks, your audience’s focus will once again be directed towards you. 

For more insight about this, please head to:

Superior Presentations 75: The Most Striking PowerPoint Slide to Include in Every PowerPoint Presentation

A Sample of Literal Death by Powerpoint

death-sitting-bench-isolated-vector-illustration-37620386Read this post which is in response to “Did PowerPoint Ruin GM?”

The most important thing here is what the GM Presenters said:

“The report details confusion among the engineers and executives over what was in the slides, which slides were presented and which were not.

“One engineer told Mr. Valukas he did present the slide. Three other executives at the meeting said they didn’t recall fatalities being discussed. Others who attended the meeting said they didn’t learn about the deaths until later.”

Remember: Poor communication is always the fault of the communicator.

Read the rest here: Stupidity, lies and coverups = literal Death — by PowerPoint, or not?

How to Improve Presentation Skills of Your Sales Team: 5 Tips

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Do you have a sales team that needs to improve their presentation skills? If you want your Sales Team to keep improving in terms of their presentation skills, below are five tips they can apply:

  1. Plan for continuous learning: This will keep them focused which will make them achieve their goals more.
  2. Pair up for progress: Let your team do the buddy system. Working in pairs can make them become more creative in helping each other become better presenters. They can challenge each other and encourage each other to be better presenters.
  3. Use audio and video: Let them record themselves via audio or video so they can see and hear for themselves how they did it and from there criticize their own work so they can do better next time.
  4. Develop a resource file: Have a collection of stories, facts, metaphors, facts, examples, humorous comments, statistics, etc.) as well as final thoughts that members of your team can use. Share the wealth so to speak to ensure consistency.
  5. Use regular staff meetings: This is where feedback sessions can be done. This way, people can learn from each other’s feedback.

To know more about this, please head to: 5 Ways to Keep Your Sales Team Focused on Improving their Presentation Skills

How to Enhance Your Presentation Writing

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Below are 5 ways you can do to bolster the way you create content for your presentation. Read on…

1. Be Active

Make sure that the sentences you use are in active rather than passive form. It’s more straightforward and will be appreciated more by your audience.

2. Be an editor

It is important to convey your message in the most concise way possible so as not to bore your audience.

3. Try Three

This means breaking the main ideas of your presentation into three categories.

4. Kill cliches

The purpose of this is to maintain integrity in your presentation and not appear dated.

5. Break a Rule (Just Not These Ones)

Take a risk with your writing through a little creativity. People always enjoy seeing something new.

For more insight about this, please head to: Five Ways to Strengthen Your Presentation Writing