As a conscientious presenter, it’s likely you’re always on the lookout for useful tips and trips to boost your presentation skills and success. In our last blog post, we listed several acronyms and abbreviations to help you in that regard. Now we’ve got some new tips for you; this time they’re oriented around numbers, rather than letters. Here we go:
When it comes to communication, abbreviations and acronyms are great time and space savers. As long as you’re sure your audience is familiar with them, “ASAP” is clearly much quicker than “as soon as possible.” “ETA” is far easier than “estimated time of arrival” and BYOB gets the job done more efficiently than “bring your own bottle.” But is it permissible to use such informal shortcuts in presenting?
In most cases, the answer is yes. Unless there’s good reason to make your presentation quite serious and formal, using familiar abbreviations and acronyms is right in line with one of the key principles of good presentation: KISS. Keep It Short and Simple.
You’ve probably heard about the concept of minimalism, and perhaps you love it. You surely wouldn’t be alone if you did!
When you need to dig through the Internet for specific information, which search engine do you use? Chances are very high that you use Google. Google’s homepage is a model of minimalist simplicity: a logo, a search field, and that’s about it. You came to search, and that’s what they give you. It’s easy to stay focused and go after your objective.
To illustrate this idea of minimalism a bit further, here’s a question for you: If you were to receive three mobile phones as gifts, which brand would you prefer? Many people would choose an iPhone - not just for its “cool” factor, but also (and maybe mainly) for its sleek, simple design and uncomplicated functionality.
Minimalism has gradually made its way to prominence in different fields, including user interface and hardware design, as in the examples above. It’s neither the flashiest nor the most popular design trend, but its influence continues to penetrate since it spotlights what truly matters: purpose. Let’s discuss how this concept can be applied to slide design.
#1: Remove unnecessary elements
Minimalism is often associated with the phrase, “Less is more.” While it essentially captures what the concept stands for, there’s a need to debunk a common but incorrect notion. “Less” doesn’t mean “lifeless.” It doesn’t mean absence of illustrative elements. “Less” means picking out only the necessary components, and putting them to good use. Check how this slide from our globalization deck conveys how common methods of communication have changed over time.
You ordinarily see a speaker on stage for just a short time – but in most cases, an enormous amount of effort has gone into preparing for that brief performance. There’s content to write, facts, figures and references to gather, media and visual aids to design and set up … and then comes all the practice required to pull off a polished, professional presentation. With all that has to be done, all the special skills required, and the time investment required (not to mention stage fright, which can be a serious concern) it’s no wonder so many people would rather do almost anything rather than speak in public!
Powerful presentations are created and delivered by people who are well prepared to present something superior. Whether presenting a project or plan, a sales proposal, or presenting themselves as valuable enough to merit a pay increase, they seem to radiate rightness. They are the right choice. Theirs is the best product, plan or proposal. They’re certain about this, before they even set foot in the room. And they know how to use modern sales techniques to transform their presentations from “nervous salesman” quality into “purring panther” – the way they should be.
It’s a given that public speaking skill is important in almost any job. Whether you have to facilitate a meeting, present a business report, brief colleagues on a new project, or simply carry on a dialogue with your boss or a teammate, being able to speak comfortably and effectively can be priceless. But what if you don’t have a job? Let’s explore how speaking skills could stack the odds in your favor in the game of job hunting.
If you’re tasked with training others to be effective speakers or presenters, you know you’re going to have to give them real-world experience. No amount of theoretical study is going to produce an acceptable result. Nor will watching others perform. One way or another, your trainees are going to have to “get their hands dirty,” talking to groups and practicing with the tools and tricks of the presenter’s art. Here are three resources you can use to turn out proficient, polished presenters.
2015 has been a wonderful journey for us at Slideshop. This year we’ve gathered more royalty-free stock photos, designed more Google-Slides-style slide templates, and created more themed slides than ever – all to help you succeed at public speaking and presentations.
As the year is about to end, let’s take a quick look at the 15 most frequently downloaded slide decks for 2015. Click the image to see all templates in the deck.
#15: Company Presentation
Use this deck to present your company profile, team, products and services, and financial status.
It’s no secret that for many of us, the very thought of speaking in public arouses knee-trembling, irrational fears. Some have suggested that the “nurture factor” may, at least to some degree, lie behind such fears. It does seem sensible that anxieties about public speaking might trace back to the way those close to you treated you in your early years.
If they tended to build your self-confidence, listened when you had something to say, celebrated your efforts at communication, and perhaps even provided opportunities to speak to gathered groups, you might have grown up with few or no fears about speaking. Or perhaps your earlier experiences were not quite so supportive, and you ended up with a serious aversion to audiences. You might want to reflect on your own early life, and think about how it might have affected your own attitudes toward being in the spotlight.
Last year, we collaborated with Spreadsheet1.com to create 24 PowerPoint-related questions, then put them together into an Advent calendar, in a downloadable Microsoft Excel file. With this unique little calendar, presenters, public speakers, presentation designers, and MS Office users can challenge themselves and their colleagues on their knowledge of original and most popular presentation software. It’s also a fun way to count down the days to Christmas!
To learn more about the PowerPoint Advent Calendar, visit this link. At the bottom of the web page, you’ll find instructions on how to download the Excel file. Enjoy!