Nine Photos That Explain How to Use Stock Photography in Presentations

Posted on May 19, 2015 by Slideshop

Presenters have different preferences in designing visual aids. Some favor animated clips, some prefer customized icons, and some opt for stock photography.

If you belong to the third group, you are fortunate to have plenty of resources. With the number of websites offering free or paid high-quality stock photos, you can easily find images that emphasize your message.

How to choose the right photos

1. Select images that appear candid and authentic. Photos should look genuine and natural – avoid shots that look posed or fake.

candid

2. Choose photos that are relevant to your message. For example, the photo below could be a great cover slide for a presentation about serenity.

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3. Use photos that fit your audience. The photo below might be a good choice for a presentation to startup enthusiasts.

 Startup Stock Photos

Where to write the text

1. Look for open space.

plain space

2. Use blurred areas for your copy.

blurred area

3. Some textures can work well as backgrounds.

texture

How to make the text more readable

1. Blur or make the background image lighter.

blur

2. Put the text in a shape.

box

3. Use a color cast over the background image.

color cast

Do you have other tips on how to use stock photos for your presentations? Please share them in the comments below!

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Four Presentation Skills from Five Corporate Leaders: Gates, Rometty, Chambers, Nooyi, and Whitman

Posted on April 15, 2015 by Slideshop

Guest post by Jerry Weissman

Every corporate leader must possess a number of essential skills. High on the list are vision, creativity, commitment, reliability, and communication.

Presentations are the most mission-critical form of the latter. More than any other form of communication—written or electronic, remote, or in-person—presentations can result in instant success or failure.

Presentations have their own particular set of essential requirements. To be successful, a presentation must:

  • Tell a clear, concise story
  • Illustrate that story with simple slides
  • Connect with the audience in a favorable, compelling way
  • Provide succinct, satisfying responses to any audience questions

Here are five corporate leaders who serve as role models for these skills, with a link to a video of each one demonstrating a particular skill.

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and BOD member, illustrates how to be effective with a concise story and simple slides.
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5 Good Alternatives to PowerPoint

Posted on March 18, 2015 by Slideshop

 Alternatives to PowerPoint

Many consider Microsoft PowerPoint to be the standard presentation software, but recently several companies have launched their own presentation tools and apps – which are gaining more and more popularity among presenters at all levels. Whether you’re looking for design features Microsoft hasn’t thought about yet, or simply interested in what’s different about the newcomers to the field, here’s our list of five decent alternatives to PowerPoint.

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Why Use Google Drive’s Standalone Mobile Apps

Posted on March 11, 2015 by Slideshop

Google Mobile

With Google’s release of standalone mobile apps for Docs, Sheets, and Slides in 2014, users can directly create, edit and share files in the cloud while on the move.

Apart from seamless, real-time collaboration with other users, these productivity apps let device owners:

  • Save time. The recently edited files are shown at the top of the list when you open the app. This significantly reduces the time you spend searching and scrolling.
  • Work offline. The apps let you work even without an Internet connection. You can still take notes, make computations, or design slides while traveling, waiting in a long line, etc.

Google releases updates for these apps every now and then, to help you work more efficiently. In January 2015, they also added features such as fingerprint verification and screen magnification.

All Google’s productivity apps can be downloaded from Google Play or App Store at no cost. If you need Google Slide templates, feel free to browse our products in the Google Slides category.

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Break Down the Wall: 8 Simple Steps to Connecting with Your Audience

Posted on February 24, 2015 by Toke Kruse

audience engagement

Making a positive connection with your audience may be the most important single element of successful presenting. Yet it seems like many presenters are either unaware of this point, or in the dark about how to go about it.

Here are 8 actions you can take to break the audience barrier:

#1: Make Yourself Real

Develop a more personal connection with the people you’re talking to, especially early in your talk. Tell them about a relevant personal experience. Mention something in your background that connects you with their group, their objectives, their beliefs or experiences. Giving them the feeling that you’re similar to them and share important viewpoints will make them far more receptive.

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Taming the Trauma of the Question-and-Answer Period

Posted on February 17, 2015 by Toke Kruse

“Does anybody have any questions?”

question

For some presenters, these words are the lead-in to the most nerve-wracking part of any presentation. Why? Ordinarily it’s because they aren’t fully prepared; this tends to make them feel reactive and defensive. Fortunately, none of that is necessary – and it’s not even hard to prevent it. That’s a good thing, too, because smooth question handling can give a big boost to audience engagement and understanding, and to the memorability of your presentation.

To help you with this, we’ve put together a little guide to some practical strategies for handling and responding to audience questions.

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Google Slides: Slideshop Teams Up with Google’s New Presentation Web App

Posted on February 12, 2015 by Slideshop

Google Slides is Google’s new web-based presentation software, available free to anyone with a Google account.

Google Slides

Google Cover Slides

The app has sparked a lot of interest since its debut, with more and more people discovering it and taking advantage of all it has to offer. Perhaps the biggest advantage is that, as a web app (part of the very popular Google Drive), Google Slides makes collaboration extremely easy. Just invite your colleagues and go to work, even in real time – whether you’re all in the same work space, or scattered around the planet.

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Reading Can Improve Your Presentation Skills in 5 Ways

Posted on February 11, 2015 by Slideshop

Reading

Reading is great exercise – for your brain. It keeps you sharp and informed, and stimulates your imagination. Studies have also proven that regular reading helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, reduce stress, and boost your writing skills.

Reading’s benefits are far-reaching, but can it actually improve your presentation skills? We found no scientific study that came to any conclusions about this, one way or another, but we tend to believe that regular reading can enhance your speech delivery. Here are some of the reasons why:

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4 Studies that Will Encourage You to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

Posted on February 3, 2015 by Slideshop

Study

For many people, public speaking is a dreaded ordeal. Survey results published in the Book of Lists in 1977 said 41% of the respondents were terrified of speaking in front of people, topping the list of fears at the time of the study. Four decades later, YouGov.com asked 1000 Americans about their fears, and public speaking was still in the top three.

Unfortunately, for most of us, public speaking in unavoidable. There will always be occasions where you need to get your message across to a group of people. Whether it’s a class report, a toast at your best friend’s wedding, or a pitch to prospective investors, you’re going to need to muster your courage and speak effectively. Effectively enough to bring about understanding—the main goal of communication.

Beating your fear takes work and time, and a bit of inspiration can help. So we’ve gathered four studies that we hope will motivate you and help you toward your goal of speaking with confidence.

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10 Reasons to Date a Presenter

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Slideshop

You sit down to listen to a management presentation. As soon as the speaker takes the floor, you sense something special about him. By the middle of his talk, you find yourself wondering, “Should I date a presenter?”

Why not?!

In this SlideShare presentation, we’ve listed 10 reasons why it’s awesome to go out with a presenter. Enjoy!

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