Archives and Articles about Persuasive Presentations

Blog Posts on PowerPoint and Keynote

These are all my blog posts that offer tips and techniques for using visual support for presentations or speeches effectively

I’ve been a director for countless corporate conventions filled with speaker after speaker. Some of them are real pros and some of them  … are not. And you can tell just by the way they treat the crew. There are conventions … at conventions - things you should do as a presenter … before you […] Read More

Here’s the rule for all of you that are hooked on text slides. It’s the rule of 66. It means six lines of text MAX, six words per line MAX. And a title, of course. Any more and you have a cluttered slide - like the one on the left. This is an actual slide […] Read More

Point form seems to be highly misunderstood. I often see screens of text using full sentences. If you’re going to use full sentences, you’re better off going home. That’s because you’ll read them and THAT is the thing audiences hate the most! The number one thing! I’ve done it  … so I know! And why […] Read More

What to do with handouts? Do I give them out before I speak, after … during? Here’s the traditional handout. Three slides to a page – a place for notes on the right hand side. The pros – an appropriate place to write notes – right next to the visual they relate to. People remember […] Read More

Here’s a tip for those of you who present at conferences. Particularly if you like to use animation or video right at the start of your presentation. Put a black screen right at the front of your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation. If you start your talk with a video clip or animation, it’s an absolute […] Read More

The Ultimate Screen – what a title! Makes you think I’m going to show you the most wonderful, most powerful screen of all! Well, I am! However, you have to buy into a simple, radical concept … pictures are more powerful than words. We learn and remember best through pictures, not through written or spoken […] Read More

This weekend, I received a copy of another PowerPoint presentation that consists almost entirely of black text on a white background. The bottom line? It’s a no-no. Think about looking at the text on a light bulb. When it’s on, it’s incredibly difficult to read! It's almost the same as trying to read a projected […] Read More

Here’s a simple tip that will give your graphs much more impact. Make the titles “active.” Now … I don’t mean “animated.” I mean active. When I refer to a title as "active," I mean that the text helps to advance your position, rather than just stating what the subject matter is. Most of the […] Read More

If you want your audience to remember something, say it again … and again … and again. Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous speech of March 28, 1863 stays with us today … at least the title does … “I Have A Dream.” Now, how many times did he say that line?
 Right … Eight! Eight […] Read More

Using audio clips in your presentation sounds so simple! But if there’s one thing that strikes fear into the hearts of convention technicians, that’s it! Because it’s either too loud … or inaudible … or the presenter simply hasn’t told the technician that’s it there at all … and then wonders why it didn’t play. […] Read More