Hit your pause button – the black slide

After a presentation I gave in the Netherlands a couple of weeks ago, a colleague asked me about a (plain) black slide I had inserted in my presentation.   It’s something I learned from a workshop, a book or a blog … I can’t remember exactly. The idea is that during your presentation you may want to “pause” the presentation in order to get everyone’s attention, and make a specific point. I use this pause in a variety of ways.  I will tell a special story demonstrate a unique feature of one of my products involve the audience in an activity introduce the next topic in my presentation, to give it… Read More

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Two simple steps

Last week I attended a high level medical conference.  Most of the presentations at the conference contained reports or information on research studies, and most of the presentations were the traditional content rich /data rich type.  This can be pretty dry, but I noticed some of the presenters used simple but effective tools (in the presentation software) which helped the audience navigate through the data on the slides.  You can use these tools to quickly and easily update your slides to increase the audience connection. One of the things they did was to use “builds”. You can find the technique under animations – custom animations in PowerPoint.  Designing your slide… Read More

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3 – 30 – 3 Make your words easy to see!

When you want to improve your current presentation visuals, following 3 simple guidelines (all based on the number 3) can make a difference. Some of the complaints about presentation visuals are that there are too many words to read on the slide and that the words are too hard to see.  While I am not a fan of using many words on slides, you may not have the time to redesign your existing slides, to replace words with images. So, here are 3 simple guidelines to follow to improve your current slides. 3 is the limit Limit yourself to 3 or fewer font sizes throughout your presentation. This guideline also… Read More

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