Presenting With Your Hands Tied

Do you ever feel like there are so many people weighing in on your slides and talking points that you’re actually presenting with your hands tied? I recently worked with a client who was asked to present to the board of its Fortune 30 company. In preparation for his presentation, … Continue reading

You Are Your Presentation

It happened again. Another case of PowerPoint abuse. This time the offender was House Speaker Paul Ryan—and we’re just waiting for an SNL skit on this one. ICYMI: Last week, he held a press conference to explain the newly proposed healthcare plan—a massively debated issue. And he used a PowerPoint … Continue reading

Back away from the BFA

You hear that voice in your head? The one saying, “If you don’t put every bit of information up on your slides, the audience isn’t going to understand or buy off on this idea. Plus, you need to prove you’ve comprehensively covered all your bases.” With PowerPoint, we all feel … Continue reading

Influence with Black Slides

May is PowerPoint abuse awareness month* and to kick it off, here’s the number one PowerPoint rule that can transform the way you present information to influence your listeners. (I’m using the blanket term PowerPoint throughout this post, but that encompasses any slide deck, like Apple Keynote, etc.) Use black … Continue reading

How to influence with slides – titles!

Putting together a PowerPoint/Keynote presentation? Here’s one way to step up your game right now. Use descriptive titles on your slides. Quite often these days, on top of having a slide deck to support you while presenting live, you’re also expected to have a living, breathing slideument; it’ll be emailed around, … Continue reading

3 tips for presentations that stick

Dan Heath has done a fantastic job putting together a series of vignettes on stickiness. Watch this clip on presentations that stick. Let me add on to Dan’s 3 tips with a few examples we’ve seen in our programs recently: 1. Be Simple: Force yourself to prioritize. Boil down your message … Continue reading

A Dropped Call by Google

When Google announced Nexus One earlier this week, it got a lot of press, but not just on the phone itself, which was mixed. But the press on the presentation itself wasn’t mixed – it was bad. Nancy Duarte said newscasters called it a disaster (though she liked the slides.) CNBC … Continue reading

Are you in the weeds?

We’ve all been there – caught up in the shrinking world of tunnel vision.  But when communicating with others, being in the weeds can lose your audience. Last week I coached two executives, neither of whom had used video feedback before.  In both of these sessions, we addressed the need … Continue reading

PowerPoint Revolution in 2009

Garr Reynolds and Nancy Duarte are New Communicators who have revolutionized the design of PowerPoints in 2008 with their ideas and books Presentation Zen and slide:ology. Read their books, and if you then do just two additional things you might just revolutionize your use of PowerPoints in 2009: 1. Create … Continue reading