Grand Openings

About a month ago I was in a situation where I had 45 minutes to present our proposal for a complex 6 million dollar project. Have you ever found yourself in a high stakes presentation with a short time to deliver your message? In situations like this you need to engage the audience quickly. We have likely all done traditional openings, “Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, my name is Joe. I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to …” You know how the rest goes. The last thing you want to do is bore the audience at this key moment!! There is some debate among presentation… Read More

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Have you had a STAR moment?

When presenters want to captivate their audience, a STAR moment can be the difference between “OK” and “WOW”! Presentation design expert Nancy Duarte coined the term STAR moment in her book Resonate (2010), in which STAR stands for Something They’ll Always Remember. It describes a special moment in a presentation when the presenter magnifies the main idea; it’s the “Ah Ha” or “WOW” moment. She recommends having a STAR moment in all your presentations. I agree with her, however designing and delivering that special moment can be a challenge. It will likely take some thinking to decide the best way to deliver your STAR moment. It could be as simple… Read More

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Don’t forget to let some passion shine through.

On a number of occasions I’ve had the opportunity to work on presentations outside of my work environment. This has been a wonderful experience. As a consultant on these presentations, I noticed that the presenters are often so content-focused that they forget to let their passion for the topic shine through.  But it’s often the passion that will impact the audience the most. These presentations that I have worked on share a common denominator – passion by the presenter. The passion could be for someone they met, for sharing their knowledge and experience, or it could be compassion for animals or humans.  Here are a couple of title slides from… Read More

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