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

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

There’s nothing that makes me crazier than to see really bad grammar in two foot high letters on the screen. Here’s an example: 5 DVD’s.
I see this all the time. But it’s incorrect. The apostrophe means it’s possessive … NOT plural. If it’s plural … it should look like this: “5 CDs." 5 DVDs - […] Read More

Words actually don’t exist … to our brains, at any rate. We don’t see words as a series of letters. We see them as pictures. I know … that changes things. When we read a word, we actually see it as a whole bunch of little tiny pictures. We look for features like horizontal or […] Read More

When I was younger (much younger), I had a friend who used to put mayonnaise on everything. Not just a little dab ‘l do ya, but a whole whack of the stuff. It was gross … and it obviously destroyed the underlying taste of the food. So what does that have to do with your […] Read More