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Category Archives: The Power of Visual Aids

The 7 Deep Craters PowerPoint Users Often Fall Into and How to Avoid Them

Arvee RobinsonBy Featured Speaker Arvee Robinson

1. Don’t put your entire speech on your slides.
Not only is this boring, but your audience will be able to see what you’re going to say. Instead, “bullet” or outline your high points. Remember, mystery creates interest.

2. Don’t read your slides word for word.
Your audience can read faster than you can speak. Paraphrasing instead will free you to connect to your audience.

3. Don’t use too much text.
Use no more that six bullets per slide and no more than six words per bullet. Use phrases, not sentences; otherwise, your audience will be reading and not listening to you.

4. Don’t be small.
Make it BIG! Your text cannot be too large! A good rule of thumb is to stand about 5 feet from your computer monitor. If you can’t read your presentation easily from there, your point size is too small. The quickest way to lose an audience is to make them strain to see a presentation. A good starting point is 35 points or larger for titles and 25 points or larger for text.
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Presentation Skills – Don’t Rely on Technology and PowerPoint!

Avish ParasharBy Featured Speaker Avish Parashar

In speaking, PowerPoint and visual aids have their place. They can engage an audience, make them laugh, or reinforce your points. However, most people use visual aids very poorly.

These days, I choose to not use PowerPoint in my presentations. I did once for one of my very first engagements, simply because before agreeing to use me the client said, “send us your PowerPoint.” Not knowing any better, I went out and created one for the client.

I have to say that as a speaker I can see the appeal. The presentation was so easy because my PowerPoint basically served as my notes! I didn’t have to think about what to do or say next, because I would just click “next” and boom! There on the screen was what I was supposed to talk about.
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Public Speaking Tip #6: Present Your Speech Well

Here is the second installment of excerpts from For the Love of Public Speaking, a 27-minute introduction to Toastmasters I produced during a Television Production Workshop at Santa Rosa Junior College in 1994. This week I cover “Presentation.”
 

 
The information in this video is targeted to people who are just starting in Toastmasters. But the basis of what I’m saying applies to anyone who wants to make public speaking a part of their business, as well.
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Visual Aid Tips Gleened from SlideShare

using visual aidsRecently, SlideShare released its Zeitgeist 2010 report of the most popular presentations posted to its site. Many of the findings have applications to not only sharing your presentations online, but how you create slides for your live presentations, as well. Here are my interpretations of their findings.

Make your presentation robust
The average number of slides of the most popular presentations was 63. Which is in sharp contrast to the average number of slides in general, which was 19. Conventional wisdom is to keep your use of visual aids few and significant, but this statistic flies in that face of that. What does this say?

I believe it says that people want robust, information packed presentations. Those with fewer slides didn’t provide enough information so they weren’t shared and thus didn’t become as popular as those that were.
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Using Speaking Skills Virtually – Teleseminars & Webinars

Virtual eventsThese days you can have a thriving public speaking career without ever leaving your home. Teleseminars and webinars are fairly easy and often inexpensive to produce and offer you a way to grow your business without having to travel around the country or the globe.

Teleseminars

Using a conference line you can hold a seminar or workshop where participants attend using only their telephone. It is pretty much free to get started with teleseminars … there are a wide variety of conference lines you can use for free, and they record the call. Here are few you can look into:
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Five Tips for Giving Oral Presentations

Five Tips for Giving Oral Presentations

1. Use simple, easy to understand visuals Visuals often help make a concept clearer than mere words can. This is especially true of difficult to understand and/or visualize scientific or technical information. Your visuals should be easy to understand quickly. Use a lot of white space. Use imagery over text, […]

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