If You Use PowerPoint – Read This

Last week at one of the events I keynoted the speaker before me used 65 blank white slides with bullet point paragraphs in black font that he read word for word from screen! – Seriously painful. So to make sure that doesn’t happen anymore – here are 18 tips for anyone who uses PowerPoint to present: (I have to give credit to Ruby Newell-Legner for many of the tips below)   Finish your presentation before starting to work on your Power Point slides Remember – PowerPoint is NOT your Presentation. It is a visual support to your message Use a consistent template slide for consistency and branding Keep slide design simple and clean Limit text to 6 lines (or less) per slide and 6 words (or less) per line Cover only one idea per slide Avoid Italics and vertical lettering Minimize animation – Avoid too many transition styles or a
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5 Powerfully Simple Presentation Tips

1. Get Rid of Pleasantries – There is no need to talk about the weather, how grateful you are to be there, to apologize, or reintroduce yourself. You only have a few seconds to grab their attention so start with a question or jump into your content. 2. Make it Conversational – Act like you are speaking to one person. Make it conversational. Ask questions. If it is a small group you might create dialogue, with a large audience ask questions and give a pause for people to think about the question. Keep them engaged in the conversation. 3. Tell Stories – People love stories. Stories inspire, stories motivate—stories evoke emotion in people that causes them to respond, to take action, to adopt your ideas, and buy your products. Robert McKee put it well when he said, “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.”
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Samples Sell (Shark Tank Tip #4)

As you present a product, concept or idea – keep in mind that Samples Sell. This is the fourth presentation tip from Shark Tank. In the first post we learned to personalize your presentation. In post two we discovered that people buy you. And in post three we recognized the importance of knowing your numbers. As entrepreneurs enter the Shark Tank, they present a multitude of ideas. Their products range from food to clothing to movies. And one of the ways that the entrepreneurs seem to win over the sharks is by putting the product in their hands. When you are presenting and you can sample the product, it does something magical. It makes the abstract tangible and gives the prospect an experience with the product before they even buy. You have probably heard the saying – “The product sells itself.” Whether that is true or not, the saying is
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Know Your Numbers (Shark Tank Tips)

This is post number three in the series – Presentation Tips from Shark Tank. In post one – we discussed Personalizing Your Message. In post two – we discovered that People Buy You. Today’s post will remind us all that we need to Know Our Numbers. As hopeful entrepreneurs present to the sharks they present a valuation on their business. They say, “I’m asking for $100,000 for 10% equity in my business.” – which would be a $1,000,000 valuation. It is only logical that the sharks would want to know why the business is worth $1,000,000. So they ask about the sales (both units and revenue). They want to know what assets the company has, what margin they are operating on and what projected sales and growth will be. Many entrepreneurs enter the Shark Tank and get shot down because they can’t answer these questions. In other words they Don’t
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People Buy You (Shark Tank Tips)

In my first post on Presentation Tips from Shark Tank, we discussed how to personalize your message. The second tip from Shark Tank is that People Buy You. There is a familiar adage in sales and marketing that says, “You are not the message, you are the messenger.” I couldn’t disagree more. Have you ever been to a used car lot and been hounded by a slimy, annoying used car salesman? You can’t tell me that the salesman doesn’t affect the sale. This principle is true across the board. -The students buy the teacher first. -The audience buys the presenter first. -The shark buys the entrepreneur first. So let’s change the adage – “You are the first message people buy and you are the messenger.” On Shark Tank you will often hear the sharks say, “I love you and I would love to do business with you…” What are they
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Presentation Advice From NY Times Bestseller – Terri Sjodin

Today’s post comes from my friend and NY Times Bestselling Author, Terri Sjodin. Presentation Advice from Terri Sjodin : Q. “I need to craft a great presentation for an upcoming meeting. They only gave me 15 minutes, I normally need an hour – What should I do?” A. This question is more common than you might think. And in today’s competitive market, no business skill is more important than being able to share your message, and get to the point –quickly. The solution depends on your ability to “self-edit” and apply a tight analysis of your content- keeping the best parts of your message, and dropping the unnecessary…while still giving a rock solid talk. One of my favorite quotes addressing the challenge of “self-editing” comes from Winston Churchill… If you want me to speak for 2 minutes, it will take me three weeks of preparation. If you want me to
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