What qualities put a public speaker or presenter at an advantage when stepping up in front of an audience? Well, there are several you could name, but one of the most important is a good sense of humor. You might even call a sense of humor “The presenter’s vitamin E.” Why? Because when you’ve got it, it makes you Entertaining, Engaging, and Effective.
You’ve thoroughly thought out your presentation’s key points, sourced some point-making illustrations and helpful icons and settled on colors and fonts, what’s next? Making sure your presentations many elements are well aligned.
Best-selling author Garr Reynolds points out that all elements in your presentation are visually connected by an invisible line. When this principle of design is well understood and applied, it creates a visual hierarchy, a sense of unity and coherence, a well-organized layout and easily comprehensible slides. To many, alignment might not seem like such a big deal, but it’s one of the keys to cleaner and more sophisticated presentations.
A seminar organizer approaches and asks you to give a talk about leadership. You’ve been a manager at a prestigious tech company for five years, and have received accolades for your outstanding performance. Your know-how, personable character and wisdom have earned you considerable respect in the industry. In a nutshell, you’re highly qualified as a guest speaker.
Yet you decline the invitation.
You doubt your own expertise. Despite your accomplishments and well-deserved reputation, you lack confidence in your knowledge and skills. Regardless of the praise and assurances you’ve received, you find it hard to accept and embrace your own very real success. Your secret fear is that everyone will discover your commendable performance and achievements have been shams.
This deep feeling of inadequacy has been labelled “impostor syndrome.” It usually stems from incorrect self-assessment. The term first appeared in an article by Suzanne Imes and Pauline Clance, psychological researchers who noticed many high-achieving women tended to underestimate and undervalue their own achievements.
Over the past few months we couldn’t help but notice the increase in sales of our Google Slides templates. Even though the Google Slides app has fewer features than PowerPoint, more and more presenters are switching over to Google Slides as their go-to presentation app – possibly because of the practical, easy-to-use features it does offer. Like these: Read more
If passion was a human being, it would be a headturner.
Have you noticed how intently you listen to a speaker who speaks passionately? Take for instance the TED talk of Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Even if you’re not a classical music lover, you’ll still come away from the talk with deep appreciation for the speaker, for his talent and for Chopin, all because of his genuine passion.
Why do passionate people speak effectively? Here are three points to consider.
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.
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, Microsoft Founder and BOD member, illustrates how to be effective with a concise story and simple slides. Read more
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.