For neat ideas for your next talk’s opening line, here’s a great free resource. It’s a 2-page PDF packed with almost 30 opening lines by Patricia Fripp, CSP – former president of the National Speakers’ Association in the US.
Step 1? …Step 2? …Step 3?
Any advance on step 3?
Well in this tried-and-tested method by presentation expert Olivia Mitchell, you may be staggered to hear you don’t make the slides until… Continue reading
Want to connect more with your audience? And want your talk to stand out and be remembered, too? In this short series of posts, you’ll get many neat tips from expert presenters on using “analog” techniques – that is, without electronics – to help you reach those key goals.
That’s how I introduced the 1st post in this series.
Make a point far more strongly…
In this post, you’ll see superb use of a prop to make a point far more strongly than a slide alone ever could. The presenter uses a few slides and video clips, certainly, but he doesn’t let them upstage him. That in itself’s a huge takeaway from this talk! Continue reading
Want to manage a fairly small project by using Microsoft Office? Well here’s a neat how-to article written by PowerPoint MVP Glenna Shaw that’ll give you a great start. In it, you download her sophisticated Excel spreadsheet so you can track your project’s tasks, milestones, resources and risks. Then, you follow Glenna’s steps to adjust the spreadsheet to your needs, and to link it to PowerPoint so you can present your latest project plan in style!
This is 1 of 4 chart types the spreadsheet creates for you:
Here’s a simple way you can link to a specific slide in a presentation that’s been uploaded to SlideShare. This tip’s useful because it lets you show people a certain slide (or the start of a series of slides) rather than linking to the very start of the slideshow. Continue reading
In this short series of posts, you’ll get many neat tips from expert presenters on using “analog” techniques – that is, without electronics – to help you reach those key goals of connecting, standing out and being remembered. Continue reading
For lots more ideas, also see 20+ more opening lines from Patricia Fripp in a PDF
By giving you 5 specific examples of great opening lines, this post helps you cure three of your biggest presentation headaches. Namely, how to:
- Rivet people’s attention as soon as you speak.
- Make your message memorable, so it forms a lasting impression.
- And most of all, actually motivate people, so your talk makes a difference!
As you might know, Brainshark.com is a slide-sharing website a bit like slideshare.net and sliderocket.com. What you might not know is that when you give someone a link to a slideshow shared on Brainshark, you can link to any slide – not just to slide 1. And, you can control whether the slideshow starts by itself or waits for the person to click Play.
Are you selling in a tough environment? This 2½-minute video shows you how to stand out from the crowd, by being the person who uniquely matches your prospect’s reason for buying. Continue reading
Here’s a thought-provoking yet quick read for when you’re creating a boardroom-style presentation – that is, for a small audience (rather than a ballroom-style event, for a large audience).
It’s written by Andrew Abela – who’s an academic, a former management consultant, and creator of the Extreme Presentation Method.