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13 Pro Tips To Ace Your Keynote Presentations

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If you are one of those 588 Apple users worldwide, own a Mac and use iPhone and iCloud; then you’re no stranger to the Apple ecosystem and its own exciting presentation software called Keynote. However, you still might not know how to use several tools that can make your presentation appealing.…

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3 New Design Trends to Use in Your Presentations

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Let’s be honest, not everyone is a designer or has a professional designer on staff. A lot of business owners and marketers are creating their own graphics from scratch. At Venngage we have a ton of designers on staff but I still create a lot of my visuals!…

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It’s Time to Improve Speaking Skills for the Classroom and Beyond

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Most adults fear public speaking and, let’s me honest, lots of us aren’t actually very good at it. If adults who have had years to hone the skills are not very good, what do you think the average school kid is like?

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There Are Only 6 Types of Slides You Should Be Using – and This Isn’t One of Them!

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Simple visuals that emphasise the spoken message help the speaker and the audience in every way. Slides should only be used to add impact and emphasis to your spoken words but please don’t make the mistake of confusing your story (script) with your visuals.

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Problem Solving with Digital Signage

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Everywhere you look, digital signage screens are popping up. Banks, restaurants, waiting rooms, government facilities, and factory floors are all using this new technology to keep their employees and customers informed.

What Are the Simple Rules that Help Us Design Better Visual Aids?

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You don’t need to be a PowerPoint expert to create effective visual aids. The rules I outline here are based on scientific research and human experience. I recommend that you watch this TED talk from David J Phillips.

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10 Webinar Tips That Will Keep Your Audience Engaged

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could grab and hold your audience’s attention through-out the webinar? Imagine – from the moment you open your mouth, your attendees can’t wait for your next move.

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8 Ways to Protect Your Presentation

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Intellectual property can be some of the most valuable assets your business has – and yes, your presentation does come into that. You wouldn’t think twice about protecting any other property you own, so why not it?

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Top 10 Tips for Creating an Engaging Virtual Presentation

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All conferences across the U.S. and indeed a lot of the world!) are currently on hold and the majority of offices are also being temporarily (and perhaps eventually permanently) moved online. In fact, prior to the virus, about 47 percent of companies were already offering remote options.…

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The Ricky Gervais Lesson – If You’re Going to Offend, Do It on Purpose

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Ricky Gervais, the overexposed English comedian, writer, and actor, hosted Hollywood’s Golden Globes for the fifth time.

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6 Apps to Help You Deliver Killer Speeches and Presentations

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I am a big fan of TED Talks! The way people from all circles of life come up, narrating their perspectives and research helps me to nourish my intellect. What would I do if I had a chance to go up there and speak, you ask?…

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How to Deliver Robust yet Inspiring Presentations

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Presentations. We have all been there and with varying degrees of success too. While a successful presentation is a proud moment, too often these are few and far between – with most receiving a lukewarm reception and almost immediately forgotten.

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The 5 Physical Cues That Can Make You More Confident

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Public speaking will always be relevant. This art is ever-evolving thanks to technology, and has now evolved again in the form of Zoom meetings or seminars and similar virtual gatherings.

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Who Needs a Presentation Designer? You and Here’s Why

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We recently featured an article with great ideas for designing your own presentations – all made so easy nowadays with the vast range of software available. But sometimes, even with all the user-friendly tips and tricks out there, you need more.

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How to Save Your Presentation When Your Mind Goes Blank

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Have you ever been in the middle of a great presentation and all of a sudden your mind went completely blank about the next part of your presentation? Have a little sympathy with this guy then: As you stand there and try to remember what you were going to say next, you can feel the silence growing and the awkwardness build in the room.… … Performance Anxiety featured Nerves Presentation Delivery

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7 Ways a Voice Coach Will Make You a Better Public Speaker

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Vocal coaches do not just coach those who sing. Just as people who want to improve their singing voice will seek out voice coaches to help them learn how to match pitch, sing out, and increase their range, vocal lessons can also be utilized for those who wish to improve their speaking voice, work on their stage presence, or learn how to speak more clearly and effectively in front of an audience.… … Performance featured Voice

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The Power of the Pause

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A story from Spain. I teach public speaking and presentation skills at a few Executive MBA Programmes in Switzerland and Spain. A few years ago, I was teaching a class at IESE in Barcelona. One of my students was a fellow named Manuel.… … Build Real Impact Performance Confidence Create Powerful Messaging featured Making it Memorable Presentation Delivery Voice

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Learning From Adversity – 4 Lessons for Public Speakers

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As I write this, the coronavirus pandemic is in full swing, and life as we know it has been altered forever. It’s anyone’s guess if, and when, things will return to normal. Welcome to the Twilight Zone. But somehow, even now, my impulse to work and create, to bring meaning and support to my clients and colleagues continues.… … Build Your Skills credibility featured inspiration Must-Reads for every presentation professional Practice preparation

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A Good Presentation Needs Structure

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When you deliver a presentation, you know what you want to say but your audience doesn’t. It’s like you are on one side of a body of water and your audience is on the other. Your goal is to get the audience across to your side; your presentation is the bridge that will help them do just that.… … Message featured Presentation Writing Story Structure

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Taking It to the Next Level: Stand up Comedy – How Hard Can It Be?

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When John, Emma and I set up Presentation Guru we wanted to create a shared resource (The ‘guru’ is the community, not any one of us) of hundreds of articles for speakers, at every stage of their development, to help them do three things: Create engaging stories. B uild professional and engaging visual aids to add impact. Help people connect with their audiences.

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Now Is the Time to Look at Webinars

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The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our daily life is unprecedented and the increasing need to work from home and work online means we have to find innovative solutions to how we can keep our businesses moving through these testing times.…

2020 67

How to Produce Booklet Handouts That Complement Your Presentation

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Handouts are a hotly debated topic in the presentation world. What kind to give out, what you should include in them, when to distribute them, and even if you should have them at all are all major points of discussion.

Five Resolutions to Make You a Better Speaker in 2019

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As 2018 draws to a close, many people turn their minds to the year to come and what they hope to achieve. And with those thoughts come resolutions. If you are inclined to make New Year’s resolutions, and if you want to improve your public speaking skills, why not make a public speaking resolution or two for 2019?… … Build Your Skills Anxiety Confidence Experience Fear featured Practice Presentation Tips Public Speaking Role Models Storytelling

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Decktopus – Brilliant if speed is what you need

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We get lots of products pitched to us here at PG. Most of them sound good but disappoint, Prezi being probably the biggest disappointment of the last decade. I was contacted by a person to see if I wanted to try ‘Decktopus’, and I thought, OK, I’ll give it a go.…

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What Are the Simple Rules that Help Us Design Better Visual Aids? – Part Two

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You don’t need to be a PowerPoint expert to create great slides. They are a simple set of rules for you to follow in every presentation that you make, and the rules are: Remove clutter. Replace bullet points wherever you can. Present only one idea per slide and one idea at a time.

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6 Questions You Need to Ask When Editing Presentation Content

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Putting together a presentation is a challenge most of us will face at least once in our professional lives, and although it isn’t rocket science, many people still fail to deliver on the basic principles of an effective presentation. Keep asking yourself these questions in the design process, no matter what the delivery method, and your presentation won’t fail to hit the spot.… … Write Great Speeches Apps & Add-Ins featured Presentation Writing

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Improvise to Improve Your People Skills

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Most people don’t spend their lives giving presentations. Many people spend NONE of their lives giving presentations. Lots of leaders I’ve met would rather not have to give any. More and more however, ‘presentation’ isn’t about some distant figure onstage telling you about how exciting your KPIs are and how everyone’s passionate about ROI in Q3 as we leverage synergies going forward.…

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5 Public Speaking Tips for Even the Most Introverted

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Let’s face it, running a small business requires you to do things you wouldn’t normally do, like public speaking. From presenting in front of investors and lenders to speaking at conferences, public speaking is inevitable for business success. But, up to 75% of people are scared of public speaking.… … Build Your Skills Performance Anxiety Confidence featured Nerves Practice

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It’s Time to Maximise the Power of Storytelling

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Take some time to remember one of the most famous of Aesop’s Fables. A slow, yet persistent reptile defeats a famously quick and cocky rabbit. Despite various setbacks, the underdog tortoise keeps at it and is rewarded with a victory.… … Message Storytelling featured Story Structure

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How to … Use Video in Your Presentations

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Earlier in September, my fellow columnist Rob Oliver wrote a great piece on using video in sales presentations. If you are in sales or pitching, he has some fantastic ideas for you. In this blog, as part of my occasional “How to…” series, I want to build on and expand his ideas and reflect on the use of video more generally.… … Technology Visuals featured Video

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The Secret to Perfecting Your Style and Delivery as a Speaker

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What a seasoned public speaker brings to the stage is a collection of presentation skills. It is these skills that help the speaker connect with the audience, communicate a clear message, and make that message memorable. The best speakers can achieve all these goals plus leave their audience feeling enriched, educated, and entertained.… … Performance Anxiety Body Language featured Nerves

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How to…. Tell Stories in Your Presentations

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In the latest in my occasional “How to…” series, we’re going to discuss how to tell stories as part of your presentation. ‘Storytelling’ is perhaps one of the biggest management fads over the last few years, and it will therefore come as no surprise that it forms a key part of presenting too.… … Storytelling Uncategorised featured

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PowerPoint vs. PDF: Which Is the Best Way to Deliver Your Presentation?

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Giving a presentation is a daily occurrence for many of us. From travelling sales people pitching in high pressure environments, to teachers imparting knowledge in a fun way to children, presentations are vital to communication. Millions are taking place each day.… … Powerpoint featured File format PDF PowerPoint Powerpoint Alternative Software Technical Problems

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Simple Visual Aids That Work – 6 Rules for Non Designers

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A BIG BIG THANK YOU! Thanks to all of you that attended the third podcast in a series of 4, ‘How to create and use simple visuals aids that work’. It’s the third in a series of four podcasts by John Zimmer and Jim Harvey, founders of Presentation Guru.…

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More Lessons from Stand-up Comedy

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Kudos to my friend and co-founder of Presentation Guru, Jim Harvey. Jim recently took the plunge and jumped into the world of stand-up comedy. He shares some of the things that he has learned in this post, Taking it to the Next Level: Stand Up Comedy – How Hard Can it Be? … Build Your Skills Performance Confidence featured Improv Stand Up Comedy Using Humour

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The Guru’s Big Five Questions – Chantal Bossé

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Chantal Bossé has been a TEDx speaker coach since 2012 and Microsoft PowerPoint MVP since 2013. As a presentation & visual communication leader, she spends her time between writing, training, coaching and designing for her clients and speakers.

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5 of the Best Books for Public Speakers

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The best way to become a better speaker is — wait for it — to get up on stage and speak. We never learn faster than when we have “skin in the game”. But we can also learn from others. Today, there are hundreds of books on the market that can help people become better speakers and presenters.… … Build Your Skills Resources books featured inspiration

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Tips on Designing and Delivering Engaging Presentations

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Every day, up and down the country, and across the globe, thousands if not millions of poor audience members are sat down in a conference hall ready to endure up to 3 hours of painstaking presentations. Most won’t make it to the end without nodding off at least once, and most will spend the majority of the time on their phones or distracted by something other than the presenter and their slides which were likely worked on for an obscene amount of company time.…

2019 72

Make your words sing like Obama – 9 rhetorical tools that will help your message be remembered forever

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A big big thank you! Thanks to all of you that attended our podcast on storytelling – ‘Make your words sing’ last week. It’s the second in a series of four podcasts by John Zimmer and Jim Harvey, founders of Presentation Guru, to help you do just that.… … Uncategorised

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5 Ways to Make Your Scientific Research Presentation Flow

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Often, when scientists think of giving a presentation on their research, flow is the furthest thing from their thoughts. The accuracy of the data, quality of the experiments, and intricate details that make up experiments are typically considered to be much more important.… … Build Real Impact Create Powerful Messaging Explaining Complex Subjects featured Making it Memorable Presentation Design Presentation Writing Scientific presentations

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Scientific Presentations – It’s All About the Data… or Is It?

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When I offered to a friend, who is still active in academic research and at the time was searching a new position, to help him with the presentations he’d invariably have to hold, he declined. He pointed out there was none immediately impending, and then he added what all too many people in academia take as their mantra: “Besides, in a scientific presentation, shouldn’t it all be about the data?”.

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Powerful Presentation Formats You Didn’t Know About (But Should!)

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We live in a world of public speakers who are so good at presenting information, they’re famous for it. There’s something about their style and delivery that just gets us to listen. As public speakers, they’re skilled and well-practised. They don’t stammer, mutter or use filler words but are loud, clear and confident.…

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3 Habits That Will Take Your Presentation Skills to the Next Level

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There are lots of articles on here that will help you build a strong foundation as a public speaker: articles to help you create a strong story , articles to help you build professional and engaging visual aids , and articles to help you connect with your audience as you speak. … Build Your Skills Persuasion Storytelling Understand your Audience Write Great Speeches Audience Connection Confidence featured inspiration Role Models

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