Question: in order to make a great presentation, do you have to rehearse several times before the big day?
What you say counts only for 7%. Wrong!
Smiles are powerful because they are universal: in all cultures people smile to express joy and satisfaction. If there is one thing we can do to …
Eye contact, movement and silence.
If you want to end strong, plan your presentation with the end in mind. The conclusion is not just the last chronological piece of the topics you …
Starting strong is important because it only takes a few seconds for people to decide whether or not to follow you
How can you present your ideas in a way that will be remembered? There are three elements to consider.
For a message to stick it has to be novel.
You can have the greatest idea in the world and the slides of the century but if you can’t communicate your ideas, it doesn’t matter. And it’s negligent, because you deny the world of something of great value.
The New York subway map is geographically complete, accurate and detailed while the map of the London tube is based on fiction. Which one works best and why?
Can technical presentations be more visual? Totally!
A PowerPoint slide contains on average 40 words. With such an average the reason why most presentations are boring is quite obvious.
An animation is useful only if it helps your listeners better understand your message. If it doesn't, it becomes a distraction. When in doubt, leave …
Your audience will remember you if you give a great presentation, not because you’ve included a repetitive element on each slide.
"People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.”—Steve Jobs
How to create visual presentations AND a hand-out for more details without spending too much time.
“Slides are slides. Documents are documents. They aren't the same thing […] Much death-by-PowerPoint suffering could be eliminated if presenters …
We often focus too much on the data itself and too little on the message behind the data
Go big or go home
Eye gaze and the power of faces
In order to create a great presentation, it’s important to understand how to design a great slide.
White space is not wasted space. It is what more than anything else determines the functionality of a presentation.
Let's learn from photography.
Images are more likely to be remembered than words.
Signal-to-noise ratio is one of the fundamental principles of design, which is also relevant in the context of presentations.
Paying attention to the design of a presentation is essential not only because it makes a presentation nicer, but also more functional. Effective design helps your audience better understand your message.
Here’s a list of ten guidelines for preparing your presentation effectively.
Here's how Tim Ferriss structures his presentations
Here's why most presentations go against what science tells us about what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to communication.
"How many slides?" and "Is PowerPoint better than Keynote?" aren't part of the list.
Set up, conflict, resolution.
It's not just about data and numbers.
With surprise you capture attention, with curiosity you keep it.
Why do some ideas survive and others die? Chip and Dan Heath have given us the answer in a book that is essential for improving communication skills (Made To Stick).
A presentation is a mix of art and science. Although the creation of a presentation is a creative activity, creativity alone isn’t enough—it has to go hand in hand with an understanding of what works and what doesn’t …
People can't read and listen at the same time. Why? The written text is processed in the same part of the brain that processes the spoken text.
One of the best examples of simplicity I know is Ivar's 2009 Super Bowl ad.
Have you ever wondered how soon an audience should be able to understand the message behind a slide?
Simplicity is the key word behind any successful presentation.
It’s the rule of three.
Here’s a great tool to communicate a message in a clear, simple and effective way.
Turn your laptop off, take pen and paper and plan your presentation in an analogue way.
Tip: it’s not to inform
2 reasons why presentations matter.