On my travels in the corporate presentation world, I’ve seen some horrendous presentation set-ups. And in a lot of cases, people aren’t even aware of the problem.
The worst culprit – hotels. You’d think it would be different … for an industry whose income relies on the success of conventions …. Why do they stick chandeliers and posts right in the sight lines of the stage? And lights right above the screen?
Room lights are often the worst! But many presenters don’t pay any attention to them. Well, I’m telling you that they’re important! It can affect the way the audience reacts to both you and your presentation.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a convention situation or the board room; how you Read More …
One of the phrases you definitely don’t want to hear from your audience is “what on earth was that about” or “I was absolutely lost from the very first word.”
It happens all the time. It’s the biggest single mistake beginning presenters make – not telling the audience where they’re taking them. And after all, when you give a presentation, you are taking your audience on a journey. Hopefully, not down a dark rabbit hole.
Well, there’s a simple, but exceptionally important solution that will keep your audience with you right ’til the end and ensure your presentation is really effective. The following video will explain it all …
So … somewhere in your opening you absolutely, positively have to have an agenda. Now this Read More …
Screen layout is really important to getting your message across.
Take this screen. Where does your eye go? Most people would say … to the brightest part of the background.
For me, the brightest part of the frame is the back of that lady’s head. In other words, the lightest object on the screen grabs your attention.
My frame of reference for light and its affect on us is television, film, and theatre. I’ve spent decades working across those areas. What I’ve learned is that our eyes are attracted by light, so put more light on the most important elements to make them brighter. Put less light on the unimportant information.
You need to think like that when you design your slides. It’s why light Read More …
Ever get really, really lost? You’re in the driver’s seat and your navigator hasn’t bothered to keep you up to speed on where you are? It’s the single biggest fault with presentations.
Presenters know where they’re going – they just don’t share the map with the audience.As presenters, we need to keep our audience on track. Tell them what we’re going to tell them up front … and then keep them up to date as we move through the presentation. Otherwise, they get lost.
“Sharing the Map” keeps your audience on track throughout your presentation.
So here are three visuals things you can do to help keep your audience on track.
One. If you have more than say three points, have an agenda slide. Read More …
OK, you’re getting ready give a presentation to a corporate audience . . . with speaker support. And you’re nervous – the last thing you need to be doing is futzing around trying to find the show button on the bottom of the screen. Click on the wrong one and it can really throw you for a loop. Nothing worse than appearing disorganized … on stage … in front of your peers. Been there, done that!
There is nothing worse than appearing disorganized at the very start of a presentation … on stage … in front of your peers!
Presenter View (PowerPoint)
Here’s a little known trick to avoid the problem altogether. If you’re using PowerPoint, save your presentation file as a “show” file. When Read More …
If you want to be effective in the use of media in your presentations, it’s important to understand how it relates to learning. So today, I’m going to give you some basic rules for being more effective.
Prof. Richard Mayer
These rules come from the work of educational psychologist, Richard Mayer, in his book, “Multimedia Learning.”
Rule Number One:
We learn better with words and pictures than with words alone. Using hearing and vision to transfer information results in much better recall that lasts much longer … often years longer.
We learn better when corresponding words and pictures are presented at the same time or next to each other on the same screen.
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 go on.
One convention is to give the director or technician a script of your talk, complete with a list of visuals on the left hand side. If you’re really classy, you’ll provide a print-out of the visuals themselves, but a script with a word description on the left works just as well.
Why would you do this? – provide a script, that is?
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 things they think about and write down. That’s good!
Cons – rustling papers, which can be distracting. People flip ahead. And after your presentation, maybe one percent ever look at them again. So you do all that work, kill a tree or two and it generally ends up in the round file.
More cons than pros.
If it’s just a simple print-out of your presentation screens, they’re usually hard to Read More …
With over thirty-five years in advertising, marketing, and television, Peter brings a wealth of knowledge and business experience to any situation. From the top retailers like The Bay, to Canada’s largest energy multinationals, Peter has been at the forefront ...