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

Posted on February 24, 2015 by Toke Kruse

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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?”

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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.

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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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Posted in Editing Slides, Slide Design, Technical PowerPoint Help

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Reading Can Improve Your Presentation Skills in 5 Ways

Posted on February 11, 2015 by Slideshop

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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

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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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Five Udemy Courses that Can Improve Your Presentation Skills

Posted on January 21, 2015 by Slideshop

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Do you feel like your business presentation or sales pitch slides aren’t as good as they could be? Do you sometimes think you’re guilty of spreading the dreaded death-by-PowerPoint phenomenon? Do you often end up hiring a professional designer to overhaul your slide designs?

Don’t worry. In this blog post, we’ve listed five Udemy.com PowerPoint courses that can get you rolling on a drive to power up your presentation skills. Udemy has been a great platform for PowerPoint masters to share their technical expertise through online courses – some paid, some for free – so we decided to highlight some that we think you’ll find most useful.

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12 Most Popular Products of 2014

Posted on December 23, 2014 by Slideshop

Before the year ends, let’s take a look at the 12 most popular slide decks of the past 12 months. This list helps us to understand what you need and to plan for the year ahead. Click the image to see all templates in the slide deck.

#12: Business Process Flat

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Santa Slides – Christmas Fun on Facebook

Posted on December 19, 2014 by Slideshop

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Let’s exchange gifts this Christmas!

How do we do it? Simple.

  • Have someone take a photo of you giving an actual presentation, using a customized SlideShop template. (You don’t have to buy a new template to do this; using a presentation you’ve already created is fine, as long as it’s from a Slideshop template.) Make sure the presentation screen can be seen in the shot. And you too, of course!
  • Post the photo on your Facebook account. In your caption for the posted photo, mention your reason for buying your presentation templates from Slideshop. (You can also include a link to the deck you used, if you like.)
  • Share the picture publicly so we can view it.
  • Tag Slideshop in your photo.

Here’s a caption example, just to give you an idea of what you might post:

“I wanted to present my project’s timeline to my colleagues in the most comprehensible way. I’ve had great luck with Slideshop templates in the past, so I downloaded a Gantt chart deck from their site, built my presentation, and it worked out perfectly. Here’s the deck I used: https://slideshop.com/PowerPoint-Gantt-Chart-Months-Flat”

The first 25 customers who can do this will receive $30 worth of presentation slide templates.

Here’s how it works:

  • We will comment on your photo and share it with our Facebook followers. (By joining into this Christmas fun, you’re giving us permission to do this.)
  • We’ll ask for your email address and send specific instructions on how to claim your gift.

Please follow our Facebook page for contest updates.

So, shall we be each other’s Santa this Christmas?

Note: This contest is not sponsored, organized by or associated with Facebook.

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Advent Calendar – How Good at PowerPoint Are You?

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Slideshop

Advent Calendar

Spreadsheet1.com has invited us to contribute to creating a free PowerPoint advent calendar. As you most probably know, an advent calendar is used to count the days in anticipation of Christmas. It is usually a large rectangular card with 24 windows – one for each day from December 1st to 24th.

Traditionally Bible verses or prayers are printed in each window, but the one we’ve made has a different twist. Before you can open a window, you need to answer the multiple choice question shown in the Ribbon. Once you have successfully unlocked all windows, you will be greeted with a Christmas message from the quiz providers. Exciting, isn’t it? Read more

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