Presentations – Do You Really Need PowerPoint?

Here’s a simple quiz with Yes or No answers:

*Have you ever attended a presentation specifically to see the PowerPoint slides?

*Did you ever say before someone’s presentation, “Boy, I can’t wait to see his PowerPoint!”?

*After a presentation, have you ever said, “Wow, weren’t those PowerPoint slides terrific!”?

*Have you ever squinted in delight at a busy slide, especially the one where the speaker said, “I know you can’t read this, but…”?

*When the speaker is opening up her PPt document on the computer, where it’s projected for the whole room to see, and you notice that she appears to have DOZENS of slides for about a 15-minute presentation, are you alight with anticipation?

If you said Yes to any of these questions, then you are probably a “PowerPointhead,” and there is no need to read any more of this article. But if, as I suspect for most readers, your responses were a resounding “No!,” then let’s dig a little deeper here. If you acknowledge that, as an audience member, you don’t love to be inundated with slides, that you don’t enjoy trying to read complicated visuals, that too much PowerPoint is not a good thing, then be honest here: How many times have you, as a presenter been guilty of your own PowerPoint poisoning?

PowerPoint has become the kudzu of visual aids, infesting our presentations with overdone graphics and walls of words, overtaking our talks to where speakers are totally reliant on them, and being, unfortunately, extremely difficult to get rid of! But here’s one antidote to the poison.

In the interest of full disclosure, let me just state my bias in the world of presentations: my focus, as a presenter and speaker myself, an audience member, and, most significantly, as a trainer and coach of other speakers, is always on the speaker. I believe presentations are one of the best opportunities for exposure out there. The more you speak, the more people you speak to, the more people who are exposed to your ideas, your hard work and your results, then the more likely you are to be recognized, remembered and rewarded, to impress people and move up the ladder of success. That recognition, that memorability, that positive impression does not, I repeat, does not come from your PowerPoint slides!

As a public speaking coach and trainer, I offer suggestions for everything from how to improve the quality of your slides to how to use them most effectively as you present. I believe all of them can improve your presentation impact. However, this is my first and foremost suggestion: Don’t use ‘em!

Really. Do without. Spend all those hours you sat at your computer trying to create clever (and overdone and distracting) slides and fine tune your presentation. Tighten the organization. Add humanizing elements. Practice several times until the delivery flows. Then speak from the heart and be authentic and connect with your audience (something PowerPoint doesn’t allow you to do very well). If you succeed at that, you definitely won’t need any PowerPoint. 

What Makes an Audio Visual Presentation Good?

Today, audio visual presentation is widely used in schools and companies. It engages the audience and makes learning more effective. So what makes an audio visual presentation good? In this article, let me share with you some tips to prepare a good presentation:

1. Have the right audio visual (AV) equipments. AV equipments like staging and lightings will aid your presentation and make it more impactful. You do not need to buy these equipments as you can easily rent them from AV rental companies. One thing to note is that you must make sure that it is suitable for the audience size.

2. Use a professional projector and screen for clearer projection. If you project onto a wall, it will distract your audience and make them lose interest easily. By using a proper screen and projector, it will make you look more professional and increase the impact of your presentation.

3. Always plan. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Planning the details weeks before the actual event is crucial if you want to deliver a good presentation.

4. Practice your presentation. Read through the subject material and rehearse your presentation. This will make you feel more confident when you talk in front of your audience on the actual day.

5. Do not present for too long. The attention span of your audience is limited. Your presentation should not last more than 30 minutes each session. If you are running a 2 hour workshop, make sure that you give your audience a break every 30 minutes.

6. Keep everything simple and organize your technology. On the actual day, you should concentrate on your presentation and not dealing with technology. It will distract you and your audience.

7. Take a bottle of water with you. Your throat can get very dry when you talk for long hours. A bottle of water will come in handy.

8. Dress well. First impression is very important. If you dress well, you will look more professional in the eyes of your audience. Also, you should wear comfortable shoes as you will move around frequently.

If you do not have the right equipments, you can either buy or rent them from audio visual companies. My suggestion to you is that if you don’t present often, renting the equipments will be a better option. You can find a list of audio visual companies on Google or through your local directory like Yellow Pages.

Christmas Present Ideas

When it comes to thinking of Christmas present ideas it stands to reason that we want the present to be perfect. Any of us can go into a department store and pick up Christmas presents at random for our loved ones, but these don’t really mean anything, they are not unique or special.

For many of us this is not good enough anymore and we want to look for more inspirational Christmas present ideas. There are lots of things that you can look at buying for friends and family this Christmas that are both unique and affordable.

If you have an animal lover that you need to buy a Christmas present for – why not look at getting them an adopt an animal package? There are any number of animals to choose from – anything ranging from dolphins to tigers or rhinos to penguins. They could be the proud foster parent of their favourite rare animal with regular up dates and photos. This means that it becomes a present that they can enjoy and benefit from all year round.

One fantastic Christmas present idea for parents or grandparents is nostalgic gifts. Everyone loves happy memories, so a present that helps celebrate one of these usually goes down very well with its recipient. You can even go one step further and look at presents such as an historical map or newspaper front page. All gifts like these can raise a smile which after all is what you want from the present that you give.

Getting good Christmas gift ideas really is just about really considering who you are buying for and what they would really like. This means taking in as many present options as you can to consider the gifts available with the intended recipient.

There’s enough going on at Christmas to do without the hassle of searching your local high street or shopping centre for inspired Christmas present ideas, because the easiest way to buy these is online. You can usually source most of the presents that you want from one website, which makes things even more hassle free. Simply add the items that you want to your virtual shopping basket, complete the transaction and wait for the items to be shipped direct to your door – It really couldn’t be easier!

Don’t settle for a Christmas gift that someone will like, get something that they are going to love and talk about for a long time to come. I am sure we all have presents that we have really loved and remember for ever, make sure the next Christmas presents you buy become just that!