A Halloween Costume for this PowerPoint Deck

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Halloween PowerPoint

Last week, someone asked what the scariest Halloween costume I could think of could be. I thought for a few moments, smiled, then said: a corporate PowerPoint template!

PowerPoint templates are so much scarier than Freddy or Jason or a demogorgon.

How so?

Because corporate PowerPoint templates aren’t the things of imagination and Hollywood magic. No sir. Corporate PowerPoint templates are very real.   Continue reading

Want a More Dynamic PowerPoint Deck? Try a Family Feud-style Animation.

Sometimes when we present, we don’t want to reveal all of our information on a slide in the same order every single time. Sometimes it’s more beneficial to the presentation (and just more fun) if the audience chooses what’s revealed next on our slides.

If you’ve ever wanted to present your information in a way that’s just a little different, Continue reading

One tip to change the outlook of your PowerPoint slides

At the beginning of the month, I wrote a post about some small tweaks to a slide deck that could lead to a much better visual presentation. One reader, Dan Jones, posted this comment:

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I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I actually suggested this particular tip within my organization recently after attending a monthly stats meeting. The more I look around, the more I see this particular engagement strategy being used… except it doesn’t seem to be used very frequently in the world of presentations or learning and development.   Continue reading

“Should we be using Prezi?”

I was sitting across the table from a colleague yesterday and we began talking about presentation skills. When our conversation turned to PowerPoint, I shared this presentation with her:

She looked it over and felt that the concept made sense: PowerPoint slides, when projected, are meant to augment a presentation and enhance the audience’s experience through a powerful visual journey. If people want a bunch of data and statistics and content, then save it for a handout.

Then she asked: “Should we be using Prezi? What do you think of it as a tool for presentations?”

I was honest with her, Continue reading

Product Review (kind of): SlideBot

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Who doesn’t want a faster way to create amazing slides for their next presentation?

When a colleague sent me a link to SlideBot last week, I was intrigued. The homepage is slick and comes with testimonials like this:

“I don’t know how they do it, but SlideBot’s computer is more creative than I am. They turned one of the weakest slides in my TEDx presentation to one of the strongest – simultaneously hard hitting and humorous.”

– Jon Turk, TEDx Speaker

I was sold. I wanted beautiful slides, and I wanted a computer bot to help me generate them. My experience was a little different than the SlideBot experience that Jon Turk apparently had.   Continue reading

When it comes to the people in your PowerPoint or eLearning programs, do looks matter?

Over the weekend, I found myself chatting about visual imagery with a co-worker as we zoomed in and out of traffic on our way to the Pune (India) airport. She recently joined my organization after working in marketing and communications with GE for several years.

We began to talk about marketing materials, then we began to talk about the sorts of visual images that I’ve inserted into PowerPoint slides and even elearning presentations. We debated whether the content of the presentation or the visual representation of the material was more important.

Almost as if on cue, I noticed this card sitting on the reception desk when I walked into my hotel in Delhi:

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My immediate reaction was Continue reading

Pecha Kucha: PowerPoint presentations as performance art!

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I’ve spoken with several clients recently about overhauling the format of their annual conferences. More engaging, better presentations are essential to better conference experiences. One obvious route is by offering assistance, coaching and lesson plan feedback to presenters that will help them design and deliver more interactive, hands-on sessions.

Not all presenters, however, are cut out to deliver a session that’s engaging through audience participation and interaction. For these presenters, perhaps traveling the route of a Pecha Kucha-style presentation could be an alternative way to capture the audience’s attention while delivering a highly structured, informative and engaging session… in less than 7 minutes.   Continue reading