June, 2006

Why you should avoid backgrounds with lines

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

The most popular search terms in the PowerPoint arena are those related to backgrounds (sometimes called templates). I always suggest a simple background because it gives the best chance for your audience to see the text or graphics on the slide clearly. But if you want to choose a background that has graphics, a recent slide illustrated why you should avoid backgrounds with lines in them. This presenter chose a background that had diagonal lines in it.

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David Conrath on Knowledge

Executive Speech Coach

I don't care how much you know. If you are not able to explain it to me, you know nothing. David Conrath Dean, DeGroot School of Business George Torok The Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com

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A Good Speech Coach

Executive Speech Coach

Let’s assume that you are ready to take your public speaking to the next level. Or perhaps you want to advance your speech a level or two. How can you best achieve that? The fastest and surest way to dramatically improve any skill set is to work with a coach. Warriors have been doing that for eons. Artists have been doing that for centuries. Athletes have been doing that for decades.

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What is the purpose of a handout?

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In my mind, a handout is a recall aid for the audience. You want them to be able to recall and use what you have said after you are done presenting. I see some handouts where I wonder what the presenter was thinking. A recent example illustrates this. The presenter showed a PowerPoint slide with a key quote that set the context for that section of the presentation.

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The Best Speakers are Story Tellers

Executive Speech Coach

Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com

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Tell Better Stories and get better results

Executive Speech Coach

You can create and tell better stories - just like the best leaders, sales people, marketers and teachers. Learn how to create and tell your stories to be a more compelling speaker. Learn more about the next teleseminar - July 27, 2006. Register for the teleseminar - How to Create and Tell Your Stories. Limited number of lines. Hurry before it is all booked up. Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com.

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When "white space" on a PowerPoint slide is a bad thing

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I have argued in the past that slides dense with text should be avoided. And this mistake is by far the most common one I see. But I also have seen the opposite and a recent presentation was an example. The slide contained a paragraph of text (it was quoting a document, so it was OK to have a paragraph), but it was in what appeared to be 14 point font and only took up the top one-third of the slide. The bottom two-thirds were empty.

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Why Do Presenters Look at the PowerPoint slide on the Screen?

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

It never ceases to amaze me how often presenters look at the PowerPoint slide projected on the screen. It happens when they put up a new slide or put new text or an object on the slide. They have the laptop screen in front of them and can see it perfectly clearly, but they feel compelled to turn their back to the audience and look at the projected image. Is it because they don't trust that what is on the laptop is really on the screen?

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Master the pause – it will make you a master

Executive Speech Coach

The hardest thing is to know oneself. Similarly the most difficult communication skill is silence. The two are related. Both require incredible self-discipline and self-confidence. To know oneself you need to ask some difficult questions and tolerate the discomfort of uncertainty. To master the pause you must. read more George Torok The Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com

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PowerPoint Tip: Transitioning between sections

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Not long ago I talked with a customer who got some feedback after a recent presentation that concerned her. The comment was that it was too jolting when she moved from one section to the next in her presentation. She wanted to find a way to make the transitions smoother between the sections. Since she doesn't use any text on her slides, the traditional text Agenda slide approach would not fit with her presentation.

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"I know you can't read this at the back of the room"

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Whenever I hear a presenter use those words, I cringe - and audiences every day in presentation rooms around the world cringe when they hear those words. In most cases it is followed by, "so I'll read it to you". If you knew the audience wouldn't be able to read it, why did you put it up there!?! Selecting a font size that is too small is one of the most annoying things a presenter can do when using PowerPoint (the #2 annoyance in my survey last year - click here for the full survey results).

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Jack Welch

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“An overburdened, overstretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn't have the time to meddle, to deal in trivia, to bother people.” - Jack Welch CEO General Electric 1981-2001 AKA “Neutron Jack” George Torok The Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com. quotations business presentations public speaking

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Why are colors such a tough issue for many PowerPoint presenters?

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

It amazes me the color choices I see presenters make for their slides. Let me give you a couple of recent examples. The first is a presenter who chose a blue background for their slides. Not a bad choice at all, in fact it is one of the colors that works well and is quite popular. Where this presenter made the mistake is in selecting a text emphasis color.

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Quote Business Leaders

Executive Speech Coach

Instead of regurgitating boring clichés use quotes from other business leaders – especially the successful CEOs, executives and entrepreneurs. It shows your listeners that you are more current and more relevant. Stop using stupid and boring clichés when you present. Instead use quotes from current or recent business leaders. That shows more insight – and it is more interesting to listen to. To help you, I will post some powerful quotes from proven business leaders on this blog.

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Make your PowerPoint slide titles meaningful

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I love sitting in airport waiting lounges watching people create or review their PowerPoint presentations. A recent day provided a great example of "what not to do". The presentation looked like it was a one or two day training program. At the top of each slide, where the slide title should be, was a graphic containing the name of the group being presented to and the section of the presentation.

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Richard Branson

Executive Speech Coach

“I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator.” Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson Entrepreneur extraordinaire, adventurer, maverick Founder of: Virgin Records Virgin Atlantic Airways Virgin Mobile Virgin Trains Virgin Express Virgin Galactic Unofficial Branson Blog George Torok Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com. quotations business presentations presentation tips

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Speaking Mastery

Executive Speech Coach

Perhaps you have noticed that speakers range from awful to amazing. And then there are the speakers who are masters. How would you know if you are listening to a speaking master? I wondered and I asked some of those who I consider to be speaking masters. I spoke with professional speaking colleagues. Collectively these four represent about 90 years in the business of professional speaking. They are all members of CAPS, the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.

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