Has anyone ever said you should make your slides more consistent? What was the issue, and how did you respond? (I’d love you to leave a comment at the end of this post with your own thoughts and experiences on consistency.)
Last week, speaking coach Susan Trivers wrote a short post called Avoid uniformity for the sake of uniformity. It resonated so much with me – and consistency is probably a hot topic for you too – so I hope you find both this post and Susan’s helpful.
“During a recent discussion …people were pushing for [several slides’] titles to read either Improvements or Innovations, even though what was being proposed [on the slides] were neither all of one or all of the other.”
Do you use a PowerPoint template with your employer’s logo on every slide? If so:Yikes! Having your logo on every slide just creates “blur”, or noise. By that I mean it subtly distracts your audience, because it doesn’t help them to understand or remember your specific message.
Don’t just take my word for it, though – these 3 experts make the same point:
Odds are, you want to improve your public speaking – no matter what your skill level is. Happily you’ve several options, one of the best-known being Toastmasters. (If it’s new to you, you can watch how Toastmasters meetings work in a professional video.)
If you’re looking for world-class blogs to help you present, here are 6 of the very best…
Speaking About Presenting
http://speakingaboutpresenting.com/ Blogger: Olivia Mitchell Posting frequency: Sadly there’ve been no new posts since February 2012 – but the site has years of archives, and Olivia is still publishing readers’ comments.
To me, Speaking About Presenting has some of the world’s best content on the topic, and also includes many useful comments from other top bloggers. Two of the blog’s real strengths are that the content is so concise, and so well thought out. Continue reading →
As I write, this week marks the 1st anniversary of the Remote Possibilities blog. It’s you who (with other visitors from over 120 countries) have made this project successful, by reading, Liking, linking, commenting, subscribing, tweeting, and otherwise sharing the content. So to you and all the other visitors who’ve made this venture so worthwhile, I say:
Visitors to this blog – top 20 countries
I thought you might be interested to see where most visitors come from, so here’s a chart of the top 20 countries. Click it if you’d like to zoom in. (WordPress just started publishing country stats in February, so the chart relates to the last 9 months, rather than all 12.)
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.
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.
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: