Are your slides ‘Visual Musak’?

Speaking about Presenting

My partner, Tony, calls it “Visual Musak&#. At worst the photos are visually distracting. Here are some ways you might be creating visual musak rather than relevant illustrations. None of them are terrible if you do it only once in your presentation, but if all of your slides fall into this trap then the slides will become visual musak. Few people in a lay audience are going to get this reference. What examples of visual musak have you seen?

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Create a Visual Summary Slide

PowerPoint Tips

When I do my webinars, I end with a summary slide to help the audience members remember what I’ve said. So I use a visual summary slide. PowerPoint visual summary slide. PowerPoint visual summary slide with SmartArt. PowerPoint visual summary slide using SmartArt. PowerPoint visual summary slide, ungrouping SmartArt. PowerPoint visual summary slide-filling a circle with an image.

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Presentation Handouts: Are They Useful for Your Audience?

Professionally Speaking...

Most presenters at most presentations give handouts to the audience. Most audiences either throw them away or file them in an obscure location where they couldn't find them even if they wanted to.which they generally don't. So why are we, as presenters, so committed to sending our audiences home, laden with paper? Somewhere in the foggy past, some audience somewhere asked a presenter if she had any of her presentation written down so they didn't have to take notes.

'Objects as visual aids': UK Speechwriters' Guild Conference, 2010

Max Atkinson

The 'one main theme' I selected was something I've blogged and written about before, namely how the use of an object as a visual aid can sometimes have an impressive impact when it comes to getting a point across your audience. It was potentially relevant for an audience of speechwriters, most of whom would have had conversations, if not arguments, with their clients about whether to use PowerPoint or some other type of visual aid.

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Public Words Speaker Forum 2010

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

I’m very excited to announce our first annual Public Words Speaker Forum (2010) for June 11-12, 2010.    We’ll close the day with what we hope will become a Speaker Forum tradition:  an improv demonstration and contest that will encourage all speakers present to develop their ability to respond in the moment to whatever an audience sends their way! 

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Webinar “How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation”: Your Questions Answered

Speaking about Presenting

Last week I delivered a webinar “How to plan an Audience-friendly Presentation&# as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop. The message of my presentation was “To create an audience-friendly presentation, use a planner&# (pictured right). are just there as examples of the questions you think the audience might have. Put yourself in your audience’s shoes and think of their top three questions. Audience analysis.

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The visual transformation of Bill Gates the presenter

Presentation Zen

Many years ago I began pointing to the presentation style of Steve Jobs as a good example of how to present with visuals on a large stage. Even his visuals were better than the usual cluttered and bullet-point filled slides, though they still had a ways to go (pics). In October of last year, we began to see much more improvement in Bill's delivery, and especially in his visuals. Bill Gates at TED 2010 Bill improved even further this year.

Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever asked your audience a question, only to be bombarded with personal stories and responses that shifted the direction of where you wanted to go? Audience involvement is a critical part of any presentation. Allowing the audience to share their knowledge and experience benefits both the audience and the speaker; the audience learns from each other, and the speaker learns from the audience. Share your tips for directing your audience's response!

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Tip: You and your visuals

Pivotal Public Speaking

Using visuals of any sort in a presentation has to be as unobtrusive as possible. During these practice sessions, work out how you will move around the visual supports and equipment. Where will this, or the equipment, be so that you can move around it and communicate most easily with your audience – in front of you, beside or behind you? Do you want your silhouette projected on the screen as well as your visuals?

Webinar “How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation”: Your Questions Answered

Speaking about Presenting

Last week I delivered a webinar “How to plan an Audience-friendly Presentation&# as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop. The message of my presentation was “To create an audience-friendly presentation, use a planner&# (pictured right). are just there as examples of the questions you think the audience might have. Put yourself in your audience’s shoes and think of their top three questions. Audience analysis.

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Cool Speakers for 2010: Bjarke Ingels

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Current Affairs Public Speaking Speech Writing Storytelling Visual Aids Web/Tech Bjarke Ingels is a Danish architect on a quest to prove to the world that sustainable building doesn’t need to be boring or self-denying.    With cool irony and sly humor, Ingels grounds a discussion of three extraordinary building complexes in a bigger argument for thinking way, way, way out of the box architecturally speaking. 

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Webinar "How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation": Your Questions Answered

Speaking about Presenting

Last week I delivered a webinar “How to plan an Audience-friendly Presentation&# as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop. The message of my presentation was “To create an audience-friendly presentation, use a planner&# (pictured right). are just there as examples of the questions you think the audience might have. Put yourself in your audience’s shoes and think of their top three questions. Audience analysis.

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Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever asked your audience a question, only to be bombarded with personal stories and responses that shifted the direction of where you wanted to go? Audience involvement is a critical part of any presentation. Allowing the audience to share their knowledge and experience benefits both the audience and the speaker; the audience learns from each other, and the speaker learns from the audience. Share your tips for directing your audience's response!

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Using Visuals in Financial Presentations « TJWALKER INTERACTIVE

TJ Walker Interactive

How do I Keep my Audience Awake? » Using Visuals in Financial Presentations It is always important to have visuals in any presentation to enhance audience understanding and participation. presentations , visuals This entry was posted on March 15, 2011, 2:17 pm and is filed under Communications , Help , PowerPoint , Presentation Skills Training , Public Speaking Skills , Video. News analyzed from a communication perspective.

The Top 10 List of Speakers Audience Abuse

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Don’t try these on your audiences.    Please feel free to nominate the worst cases of audience abuse you have witnessed.  Until the audience responds with a sufficiently loud form of that banal salutation to satisfy the speaker.    The speaker who buries his head in a text, reading behind the podium, never once looking up to connect with the audience, for 10….30….60 Based on actual events. 

Fear of Public Speaking? You Are Not Alone…

Matt Eventoff

You really don’t appear to your audience to be as nervous as you feel inside. Tags: Uncategorized anderson cooper public speaking anderson cooper public speaking fear dealing with public speaking anxiety fear of public speaking glossophobia overcome fear of public speaking public speaking anxiety public speaking fear public speaking nerves relaxation technique for public speaking visualization

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HOW Design Conference 2010: Early Bird Gets the Savings

Duarte Blog

Visual Storytelling: Resonate and Activate Audiences. Communication expert Nancy Duarte will help you overcome your inherent distaste for presentations and offer tips for boosting your powers of visual thinking. You’ll learn how to position your firm for the global economy by increasing your visual thinking skills, applying traditional design processes to presentations, and using stories to increase the effectiveness of your message.

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Interacting with your audience using an audience response system

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Engaging and getting interaction from a small audience is relatively easy but what about when you are speaking to larger groups? That’s where audience response systems can be a powerful tool. By issuing everyone in the audience with a little wireless keypad you can take audience involvement to a whole new level. the result is almost instantaneous visualization of the audiences’ views in graphical format.

Public Speaking and the Audience: We've Got a Problem

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Most public speaking—especially business speeches and presentations—has never entirely caught up with its audience’s changed expectations. Even more significant, a yawning gap exists between an audience’s ingrained expectations, shaped by half a century of watching television, and the behavior of most business, educational, and governmental speakers. The few speeches that do manage to ignite an audience’s passion are exceptions to a dismal rule of mediocrity.

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9 reasons you should put words on your slides

Speaking about Presenting

A picture may be worth a thousand words – but it may be a different thousand words for each member of the audience. By adding a clarifying sentence you ensure that every person in your audience gets the point you wanted to make with the picture. I ensured my audience got the point with the simple sentence: 2. Stunning photography can be memorable – but your audience may not remember the point (are there TV ads that you love but you don’t know what they’re for?).

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Review of Nancy Duarte's New Book: resonate

Professionally Speaking...

Like a great presentation, Nancy Duarte's new book, resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences is engaging, relevant and passionate. Even without the visuals, Duarte's content can transform the world of business presentations. The book is fundamentally about how to use story to create presentations that produce an emotional impact on the audience. One of the things I love most about this book is its focus on the audience.

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18 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar

Speaking about Presenting

Use more visuals. In a presentation, the audience can see you and if there’s no visual slide, their attention will be focused on you. But in a webinar, if there’s no visual or you have the same visual for an extended length of time, their visual attention will wander. Keep things moving visually. It reminded me of the feeling of presenting to a face to face audience!

13 Best Practice Tips for Effective Presentation Handouts

Speaking about Presenting

It’s an important part of the total experience for the audience: But most of us focus on preparing what happens during the presentation, not what happens afterwards. Audience members will have a concrete reminder making your presentation more memorable. Audience members can easily contact you later. Benefits for audience members. They allow audience members to relax about having to note down what you’re saying. Let your audience decide for themselves.

9 reasons you should put words on your slides

Speaking about Presenting

A picture may be worth a thousand words – but it may be a different thousand words for each member of the audience. By adding a clarifying sentence you ensure that every person in your audience gets the point you wanted to make with the picture. I ensured my audience got the point with the simple sentence: 2. Stunning photography can be memorable – but your audience may not remember the point (are there TV ads that you love but you don’t know what they’re for?).

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16 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar

Speaking about Presenting

Use more visuals. In a presentation, the audience can see you and if there’s no visual slide, their attention will be focused on you. But in a webinar, if there’s no visual or you have the same visual for an extended length of time, their visual attention will wander. Keep things moving visually. It reminded me of the feeling of presenting to a face to face audience!

Bloging: The 2 audiences

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  So, yes, you might say, in old communications-speak, that an audience for the blog is the search engine.    But that is turning out to be only 1 audience. Increasingly, the blog also has another audience.  And   And that audience is just as important.   Also, let's suck it up: it's a visual era. We all know that blogging is a search-engine magnet. 

How to work with publishers and agents: The Public Words Speaker Forum 2010

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  At the Public Words Speaker Forum 2010 last week, two speakers held forth on how publishing is changing, what function agents perform, and how to navigate your way through the publishing maze.  because they’re already thinking about their audience and honing their? an audience, self-publishing may actually be a better choice than? If you decide your book needs to reach that mainstream audience, start ?with developments or incorporate audience feedback.

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Do you still believe these three public speaking myths?

Speaking about Presenting

Myth #2: Adapt to the learning styles of your audience. There are many different models for learning styles, but the most popular one is VAK (Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic modalities). So you don’t need to worry about who in your audience is visual and who is auditory (I’ve left out kinaesthetic as that is not often practical in a presentation – it involves more than just playing with a coloured rubber ball). You’ve already got the audience’s attention.

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How Jason Alexander overcame his stage fright

Speaking about Presenting

The presentation is the experience that you create for the audience. I realized that I was one small element on the stage, working with my colleagues to tell our audience a story. It’s nice to visualize your presentation going perfectly, but it’s not reality. And if you only visualize things going well, it can really throw you when they don’t. This is what most of us are really concerned about – will the audience like us and what we have to say.

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Two Slides You Can Lose

Manner of Speaking

Much has been written (in this blog and elsewhere) on ways to improve the quality of slide presentations by, for example, reducing the number of words on a slide, using good visuals, going easy on the bullet points, turning the screen black from time to time, etc. The best way to thank your audience is to say “Thank you&#. If you have time to entertain questions, say so and invite the audience to ask you some.

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The swinging ball of death: another example of using objects as visual aids

Max Atkinson

This is the latest in a series of posts on the effectiveness of using an object as a visual aid (for a selection of others, see the links below) and comes from one of the Royal Institution's Christmas lectures for children by Professor Chris Bishop. The eager excitement on the faces of the audience after he tells them he's going to let go of the steel ball. Tags: Objects as visual aids Royal Institution

How to simplify your presentation without dumbing it down

Speaking about Presenting

Your job is to make the complex easily graspable to your audience by arriving at that simplicity. Venn diagrams – A Venn diagram is great for visually demonstrating the overlaps and differences between items. Flowcharts - construct a flowchart that enables your audience to see the process and clearly identify the decision points. Making a presentation simple requires hard thinking.

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Timeline 3D: A Review

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Visually, what you get is quite impressive. This is the key feature that makes your events visible to your audience when a view of the timeline as a whole makes them too small to even be noticed. Until the major flaws are fixed, think about your audience and the environment (room, projector, screen/monitor). Tags: Featured Grab Bag Slide Design Videos Keynote timeline visuals

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How Dan Roam nailed his SXSW presentation

Speaking about Presenting

Dan Roam’s presentation was one of the highlights of SXSW 2010 for me. It was an elegant combination of rigorous thinking, conversational delivery and intelligent, integrated visuals. The ability to visualize problems was not prized, encouraged or quantified. For example, Einstein was a great visual thinker. Is that why people find it so hard to use PowerPoint and other slideware as a visual medium? Intelligent, integrated visuals.

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PowerPoint Slide Makeover #50: Adding a visual to a quote

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Just a quick note to let you know that a new Slide Makeover Video Podcast based on the ideas in "The Visual Slide Revolution" is available for your viewing through the iTunes Store, online or through my YouTube channel. Instead of just using the text of the quote, use the ideas in this makeover to add a visual that makes the quote come alive for the audience. To get your own copy of "The Visual Slide Revolution", click here.

Do you still believe these three public speaking myths?

Speaking about Presenting

Myth #2: Adapt to the learning styles of your audience. There are many different models for learning styles, but the most popular one is VAK (Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic modalities). So you don’t need to worry about who in your audience is visual and who is auditory (I’ve left out kinaesthetic as that is not often practical in a presentation – it involves more than just playing with a coloured rubber ball). You’ve already got the audience’s attention.

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Are you ready for the third era in presenting?

Speaking about Presenting

The third era – the era of the audience – is going to be challenging for most presenters and public speakers. In one of my first posts on this blog, I described how I had to unlearn this style of presenting so that I could connect better with the audience. The era of the slide still has a way to go before maturity: Most people still consider the speaker to the best visual aid and the slides are simply an adjunct, rather than an integral part of the total presentation experience.

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PowerPoint Slide Makeover #45 - Transforming speaker notes into a visual

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Just a quick note to let you know that a new Slide Makeover Video Podcast based on the ideas in "The Visual Slide Revolution" is available for your viewing through the iTunes Store, online or through my YouTube channel. The slides end up being read to the audience. This makeover takes a wordy slide and the accompanying speaking notes and shows how the clues hidden in the text can lead to a more effective visual.

Give your audience something to flip over

Pivotal Public Speaking

Tags: audiovisual public speaking visual aids

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Presentation images: Are you making these mistakes?

Speaking about Presenting

My partner, Tony, calls it “Visual Musak&#. At worst the images are visually distracting. Few people in a lay audience are going to get this reference. Your audience should be able to understand your metaphor or reference just by looking at the image. If not, it’s just interesting wallpaper or worse – it will take the focus away from what you’re saying as audience members try and discern the connection. What examples of visual musak have you seen?

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Book Review: resonate, by Nancy Duarte

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Her new book, resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences, is a prequel to the best-selling slide:ology, which set a new standard for excellence in PowerPoint design. Resonate is the book to read before you read slide:ology, because it explains how to understand audiences, create persuasive content and [.]. Nancy Duarte has done it again.

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Learning Styles: What every presenter ought to know

Speaking about Presenting

The most common modalities mentioned are visual, auditory, kinaesthetic (this is known as the VAK model – however, there are many other models). So presentation advisers suggest that presenters use visuals (to help the visual learners in your audience), and get audience members to do things (to help the kinaesthetic learners). Just about every one will learn the shape of a country by seeing that shape, that is visually.

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Making Data Meaningful

Manner of Speaking

The brilliant presentation design means that the statistics now have much more of an emotional impact on the audience. Duarte used visuals to dramatize the key points, and convey the sense of urgency and inventiveness required to manage regional community growth with better environmental, economical, and cultural outcomes. The Long Island Index is a project that gathers and publishes data on Long Island, the largest island adjoining the continental USA.

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