7 quick fixes to your slides based on my experience with clients

PowerPoint Tips

Practice so you know what you’re going to say without having to read the slides. PowerPoint Tips Shapes & text boxes Slide layout Text & fonts capitalization slide layout slide titles SmartArt text boxes textboxes uppercase

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Design for quick changes–because changes always happen

PowerPoint Tips

Don’t use custom fonts and don’t embed fonts. Embedding fonts is a way to use custom fonts so that others who don’t have the font can view it. But occasionally, an embedded font can lock up a file (and not all fonts are embeddable anyway).

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Christmas read-aloud practice

The Eloquent Woman

Reading aloud--particularly poetry or children's tales--is a simple but effective way to practice vocal skills. You can focus on emphasizing or "popping" different words, varying your tone and volume, pausing for effect and more.

Success with Slides: A PowerPoint Presentation Guide

DeFinis Communications

Yet some people insist on sticking to the same old “worst practices” and forging down the path of ineffectiveness – even when they know better. 1. Dense sentences in small (6-8) point font : If you have to make your font that tiny to get all the information on the slide, you’re saying too much. . My next blog Part 2 will give you clear insight and direction on the best practices and show you on how to make your PowerPoint slides come alive! .

Speak & Deliver - A Public Speaking Blog For the Speaking Public: Speaking With Notes: 7 Best Practices

Speak and Deliver

I prefer these to 3x5 as they allow for a larger font to be used, and are easier to sort through. To effectively use cards, print one point per card - one sentence only that will trigger the segment youve practiced 100 times. Practice, Edit, Practice Again.

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What’s your design style?

PowerPoint Tips

To practice looking at presentations and other media with a designer’s eye. Mix & match typography: Many types of fonts, text in shapes, text is the graphic. Fonts have varied attributes. Connie Malamed is an instructional designer and author.

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CEO of American Apparel Sued for Using Teen Employee as Sex Slave.

TJ Walker Interactive

Public speaking, media training, presentation training, crisis communications Home Live Video About TJ Products & Services FAQs « How Big Should Font Size be on PowerPoint Slide? did you even practice this before putting it on the internet?

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How To Create Online Courses


Traditional educational institutions are slower to move when it comes to offering “hot” curriculums based on the industry’s latest best practices. Application : Students should be given a chance to apply the new knowledge, practice and learn from mistakes. Fonts and Font Pairings.

Working with multi-speaker presentations

PowerPoint Tips

” That was because of the many fonts and colors used, even within each presentation. It’s a common practice to brand a presentation for the audience when you’re speaking for an outside organization that has strong branding.

2017 147

Prepare. And then let go.

Speak Schmeak

You revised, practiced, revised some more. You can practice your behind off, but eventually you have to go live. Watch Pat Flynn's double take below, as he discovers that the font he used in his slides was not compatible with the conference-supplied computer.

Group Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

Agree up front what the master slide will look like and what fonts, headings and graphics will be used. PRACTICE TOGETHER Without several group practice sessions, it will be very difficult for the presentation to appear seamless.

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6 presentation tips from a professional speaker

Speaking about Presenting

Practice, practice, practice… as much as you need to. If I plan to do something in the presentation, I practice it…I repeat this process until I can get through the entire talk without making major mistakes. Scott Berkun speaking at the Web2.0 Expo 2009.

Decorators: Please Don’t Touch the Dust Jackets

The Communication Blog

They tell the potential reader something important about the book, with their words obviously, but also with their fonts, colors, and visuals. From a purely practical point of view, they help the user find the book, especially when the library is extensive.

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Prepare. And then let go.

Speak Schmeak

You revised, practiced, revised some more. You can practice your behind off, but eventually you have to go live. Watch Pat Flynn's double take below, as he discovers that the font he used in his slides was not compatible with the conference-supplied computer.

PowerPoint Lessons at 30,000 Feet

DeFinis Communications

There were the usual offenders: Lines of text in 8-point font, lots of dense graphs, mixed up font styles and sizes, no color scheme to speak of, and no images, photos or video. Then I did a short lesson of the best practices of PowerPoint design and development.

Find a Presentation Designer Here

Speaking about Presenting

Rick Altman is one of the few in the presentation community who blends presentation design, best practices, and software technique to serve his clients. It means fewer words, more images, unique fonts and large images. Are you looking for a presentation designer?

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Presenting with an iPad

The Presenter's Blog

Transferring PowerPoint slides into KeyNote is an easy WiFi process, but do check for font changes that knock your formatting around. Practice first. Practice prior to your first time in front of an audience.

2012 196

Tip of the Week: Save an Extra Copy on Google Docs

The Speaker Point

I usually like to check it to make sure all the font sizes transferred correctly. Just yesterday I added a presentation that seemed to upload everything correctly, except the font size was just a tiny bit bigger than in was supposed to, and it pushed an entire line of text out of view in one of the slides.

2011 122

How To Choose the Color Scheme for a PowerPoint Presentation


People are judged by their physical appearance, similarly, your message will be judged on the basis of its design elements, color combinations, and font styles used even before it is read by the audience. First impression is the last impression, and rightly so.

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You think you're doing a good job, but you're not

Speak Schmeak

You start to go over the presentation and realize that there are a lot of errors, inconsistent fonts and colors, slides in the wrong order, too many slides for the length of your talk, and general disarray. Download audio here. Is this you? You're very busy.

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You think you're doing a good job, but you're not

Speak Schmeak

You start to go over the presentation and realize that there are a lot of errors, inconsistent fonts and colors, slides in the wrong order, too many slides for the length of your talk, and general disarray. Download audio here. Is this you? You're very busy.

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Modern Presentation Design?

Executive Speech Coach

Anug Malhotra addresses that question along with 16 other practical suggestions on his list of 17 Tips for 2017. Ellen Finkelstein offers 10 suggestions of modern style including thin fonts and borders. I was challenged to write about modern presentation design. The challenge was intended to focus on slide design. I choose to relate that to the overall presentation purpose and delivery.

Is Prezi Right For You?

The Speaker Point

There are only a handful of fonts and color schemes you can use. April 12, 2011 Posts Comments The Speaker Point Helping you master public speaking and communication skills Home Delivery Speech Analysis Making Money Preparation Reviews About Is Prezi Right For You? February 2, 2011 By Alex Cequea View Comments Prezi is an online presentation editor that looks and feels really cool ( www.prezi.com ). It’s free to use by registering an account online.

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On the Road: My Experience Teaching PowerPoint

DeFinis Communications

In either case, one best practice to use is this: Write all the content in the speaker notes first and then take out the key words or phrases and move them to the slide. 1. Contrast (imagine someone wearing black pearls against a black dress): Contrast includes using color, font size, bold, italic, etc. 4. Proximity (grouping like things together…imagine a restaurant menu with one line spacing and font size): The proximity of tables, boxes, white space, etc.

2009 142

Holiday gift list for speakers!

Speak Schmeak

I keep my notes to the side of the stage, on a table or lectern, and in order to see them clearly (I also use a big font!), I''ve updated my annual shopping list again this year to help you find the best gifts for your favorite speaker -- who might just be you!

My 2015 holiday speaker gift list is here!

Speak Schmeak

I keep my notes to the side of the stage, on a table or lectern, and in order to see them clearly (I also use a big font!), It''s the most wonderful time of the year!

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10 Steps to Delivery an Outstanding Speech

TJ Walker Interactive

Print your outline on a single sheet of paper using very large font so that you won’t have to pick up the outline when speaking. Practice giving your speech on video. Keep practicing your speech on video until you can look at your own video and say “Wow, that is a great speaker. Brainstorm on every possible message (one sentence max for each message) you would want to convey to your audience. Prioritize your messages. Eliminate all but your top 5 messages.

Anatomy of a Speaker's Introduction Part II: What Could Go Wrong?

Speak and Deliver

You can give yourself the best chance to have a strong intro though, with a few precautionary Best Practices. Best Practices Double Up - send it to them AND bring it yourself. In Part I , we looked at the different parts of an ideal introduction for a real world speech.

Full Results of the Annoying PowerPoint survey

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

And rounding out the top three, is the presenter using fonts that are too small to read, probably because they are cramming too much information on the slide. Some of the comments related to presenters who did not create the slides themselves and had not practiced with them before the presentation. From poor color choices to unreadable fonts, to spelling and grammar errors, the basics are still not being understood by too many presenters.

Telepromptitude with a free tool: CuePrompter

The Eloquent Woman

You can adjust speed; scroll forward, stop or reverse; and take advantage of two screen sizes and two font sizes. CuePrompter is an online teleprompter--which means you just need to get to the website on your computer or mobile device to use this new tool.

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iPad app Prompster is all-in-one speechwriter, recorder & teleprompter

The Eloquent Woman

Teleprompters were once the province of conventions and television studios. I've told you about open-source software that will put a teleprompter on your desktop or laptop. Now, iPad owners can take the teleprompter with them with new app Prompster , demonstrated in the video at the end of this post.

Get Noticed in a Noisy World

Duarte Blog

There are many books of its kind, but Michael Hyatt offers practical advice that stands out from the rest. Pay close attention to fonts, colors, patterns, and any elements that may help or dilute your brand. Michael Hyatt will try to tell you he’s just like you and me.

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Public Speaking Marketing - Keyword Prominence

Great Public Speaking

Typical SEO practices will get you to include your keywords as often as you can without making your content difficult and un-natural to the reader. Solid SEO practices should also include the proper placement of those keywords in your sentences and paragraphs. anchor text, and bolding font near the beginning of sentences or paragraphs and make the keywords stand out perfectly clear to a search engine spider.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #124

Humor Power

The printed agenda for the meeting accidentally had a very large font size selected for my name and for the Observational Humor part of the program. And YOU will be practicing group laughter. You may have noticed that the Observational Humor segment listed on the program was printed in a very large font. Here’s another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. We will look at the set-up, the joke, and the triggers that made the joke work.

PowerPoint Tip: Presenting from someone else’s computer

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Today’s article gives some best practices when presenting from a different computer. Use standard fonts that will be on all computers, like Arial or Calibri so your text appears the way you designed it. In my workshops it is common that participants ask about what they need to take into account when they must take their PowerPoint presentation to another computer on a USB drive instead of using a laptop.

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12for12 April Challenge: Review Your Image

Speak Schmeak

You have a whole month to practice! Are your fonts and colors consistent across your pages? Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet?

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Don’t put animation on the Slide Master in PowerPoint

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

The Slide Master is where you should set your colors, fonts, branding and any other graphics that give your slides a consistent look. The problem came when he started to run through the slides in practicing for his session. The one thing you should not do on the Slide Master is add an animation effect. If you do, that animation applies to every slide in the file. This causes a problem that was highlighted for me this week.

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Using a tablet or e-reader for Speaker Notes

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Format these notes in a large font so they will be readable on your device. Practice flipping pages on your device so you can do it smoothly. Practice to see which technique you will be most comfortable with on your device. One of the sessions I’ll be presenting at the Presentation Summit conference this September in Austin, TX is on the topic of being more environmentally friendly with our presentations.

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How to Change the World: The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint


How to Change the World A practical blog for impractical people. « It’s quite simple: a PowerPoint presentation should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points. The majority of the presentations that I see have text in a ten point font. The reason people use a small font is twofold: first, that they don’t know their material well enough; second, they think that more text is more convincing.

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Christmas circulars and the rise of undisciplined writing in the digital age

Max Atkinson

This year's verbosity victory went to one that looked like only two, but was printed in a font so small that the author managed to pack in 3,000 words that were unreadable without the help of a magnifying glass.

2009 69

Office 2007 Ribbon Observations

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

While making more of the options visible to the user, Microsoft may have negatively impacted productivity by giving people too much to "play" with in terms of changing colors, fonts, layouts and art objects. Remember that even though you see that you can change so many more options, stick to good clean design practices that will make your slides clear and easy to understand for your audience.

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what do speakers assume?

The Eloquent Woman

Tiffany Lohwater added, "speakers who assume that their audience can/should read the 15+ text bullets on one slide in small font, before they click on to the next one!" don’t need to practice out loud.

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Why speakers should take a second look at the new Kindle

The Eloquent Woman

Kindle's added more adjustable fonts for a total of eight , and promises 50 percent clearer, crisper text compared to other e-readers. A speech practice/review device: Kindle features include a text-to-speech option for English language text, so your device can read your speech to you, letting you sit back and listen. (No, Ever since I first tested the Amazon Kindle as a speaking tool , I knew it had great value in addition to its book-reading capabilities.

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