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 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).

9 Steps to Better Presentations: Part 2 – Your Presentation is About One Thing

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A lot of presentations try to cover too much ground. You may think you need to tell your prospect (or team or students) everything. You don’t.

Some presentations, on the other hand, are about nothing. They don’t have a point.

Your presentation should be about one thing. People have a hard time remembering so make your presentation about one big idea.

Just give them one thing and leave them wanting more.

9 Steps to Better Presentations: Part 1 – Don’t Default to PowerPoint

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Who ever said every talk, meeting, or presentation needs PowerPoint?

Nobody.

Here’s a handy rule of thumb: if it (and “it” means anything in your presentation) helps you make your point, fine. If it doesn’t, consider dropping it.In fact, your presentation may be stronger without slides. (Abraham Lincoln never used PowerPoint.)

Do slides help you make your point? No?

Then do you really need them?