9 Steps to Better Presentations: Part 9 – Get Inspired

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Want to see some good presentations?

TED
Michael’s Slideshare favorites

Want to read a book?

Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath
Presentation Zen, Garr Reynolds
Confessions of a Public Speaker, Scott Berkun
Presentation Renovation, Michael Gowin & Deanne Mott

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9 Steps to Better Presentations: Part 8 – Rehearse

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Want to know the one thing that may improve your talk more than anything else?

It’s the one thing most people won’t do: practice.

Rehearsing your presentation gets you comfortable with your material. The more comfortable you are before you speak, the less you’ll feel the urge to run away on the big day (stage fright).

Plus, the people who’ve come to hear you deserve your best, don’t they?

Steve Jobs rehearsed. George Carlin and Henry Fonda rehearsed. And they were pros.

9 Steps to Better Presentations: Part 7 – Give Cues

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Cues are like visual and verbal sign posts. They help your audience navigate your presentation and figure out what to expect next.

You can give visual cues in your slidedeck. Notice, for example, how each major point in this presentation begins with a slide that shows a number. That’s a cue.

You can give verbal cues as well. “First…” “Next…” “By contrast…” Those are cues.

Use cues like these to refocus your audience’s attention.

9 Steps to Better Presentations: Part 6 – Tell a Story

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In their book Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath explain that stories inspire us to act. We love hearing about a team that overcomes impossible odds to win (the 1980 USA hockey team) or someone who crosses boundaries to make a better world (Rosa Parks) or people who solve a problem in an innovative way (NASA engineers on the Apollo 13 mission).

Why? They motivate us. In the stories of others, we visualize ourselves overcoming the odds, making a better world, and solving the problem.

Stories are also emotional, and we remember what we feel.

Stories engage us in ways that facts and figures don’t. Don’t just give a talk; invite your audience into a story.

9 Steps to Better Presentations: Part 5 – Use Pictures

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Since you’re using less text, you can now use more pictures. In fact, you could get rid of almost all your text and use pictures alone.

Research shows that adding an image to your message helps people remember 65% of what you said. If they only hear it, they’ll remember just 10%.

Choose images that express ideas and complement your talk. The image on the previous page, for example, could be used to convey the idea of choices.

And for maximum impact, use high-quality images that fill the slide (A “full bleed” images).