How to Wow Your Audience with the Unexpected in PowerPoint

The minute you walk into a presentation and see the presenter turn on the slideshow, you probably find yourself thinking, “not another boring PowerPoint.” We have all suffered through horrible PowerPoint presentations packed with long lists of bullet points, pixelated clip art, and a speaker who simply reads from the slides. The good news is…

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Tips for Being Less Awkward in Transitions

Transitions are an integral part of a smooth flowing presentation, yet many speakers forget to plan for these transitions. Failure to practice this seemingly insignificant part of the presentation can actually lead to anxiety for the speaker if they begin fumbling and awkwardly scrambling to move from one topic to the next. Not only can…

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Practice Really Does Make Perfect

We have all heard the cliche statement a thousand times: “Practice makes perfect.” However, when it comes to delivering a successful presentation, this adage certainly proves to be true. While perfection shouldn’t be the end goal, it is clear that practicing can mean the difference between a spotty presentation and remarkable delivery. That’s because practicing…

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PowerPoint Planning: Knock Your Presentation Out of the Zoom Room

Now that more people are working from home, online presentation tools such as Zoom have become the norm for conducting meetings and doing business. While Zoom certainly has its advantages, presenting a PowerPoint via Zoom is very different from presenting in person. The lack of physical presence and body language can make it even more…

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The Best Ways to Open a Presentation

Research suggests that you have about 60 seconds to capture your audience’s attention, establish credibility, and motivate them to listen. That’s why it is so important that you make the most of those first precious seconds. Instead of wasting your opportunity with housekeeping details, thank-yous, or boring personal information, you need to develop an attention-grabbing…

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How to Keep Your Audience Engaged

  The mark of a good speaker is the ability to keep the audience engaged from the beginning of the presentation until the end. All too often people attend a presentation and find themselves zoning out within the first five minutes. It’s easy for audiences to get distracted by checking emails, scrolling through social media,…

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How to Calm Your Nerves Before a Big Presentation

  It’s not easy to get in front of an audience to give a big presentation. The stakes can feel high and your desire to succeed can cause the anticipation to turn quickly into anxiety. It’s normal for people in this position to feel nervous and afraid. In fact, even seasoned speakers and professionals tend…

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A Checklist for Not Bombing Your Next Presentation

Having the knowledge and skills to craft and deliver a dynamic presentation is essential to many professional roles. Whether you are presenting a new idea to colleagues, sharing company information with executives, or pitching a new product to potential clients, the ability to convey your message effectively is important for your leadership skills. That said,…

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10 Ways to Use Storytelling in Your Presentations

Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of communication and for good reason. After all, who doesn’t love a good story? This age-old tradition has been passed down from generation to generation to help people learn about and connect with the world around them. A good story engages different parts of the brain, drawing people…

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