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6 Things to Avoid for Your Next Conference Presentation

Posted by Joanne Flynn

1/27/16 3:00 PM


In the past, I have written extensively about How to Make a Killer Presentation.  There are many do’s and don’t on the topic.  Recently, I attended a 3-day conference, (or attempted to try to make it through a 3-day conference).  Sitting in the audience, I was continually reminded about everything that went wrong with the presentation process I was witnessing.  So, I felt compelled to share the experience, and some of my observations, with the hope that you don’t do any of these mistakes in your presentation.  Always remember, there are humans sitting in the audience.  Don’t make them think twice about staying for your presentation.

 

  1. Plan the Conference Daily Agenda with People in Mind: Each day ran for 12 hours – yes, you’re reading this correctly – 12 hours!  What were they thinking?  Who can keep 300 people engaged for that long?  You have to really think highly of yourself to think you can be that interesting for 12 hours! 

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Topics: Presentation Skils

3 Things You Will Only Get By Attending a Presentation Skills Workshop

Posted by Joanne Flynn

4/28/15 3:00 PM

 

Who says great presentations, ‘just happen’?  What will great presentation skills do for you?

As a professional, your ability to present information is a core career skill.  Enhance your career brand and be known as a great presenter who can effectively and reliably promote:

  • Your product & company to a competitive marketplace 
  • Complex ideas with simplicity and sophistication
  • Yourself, your brand & your career 


Presentation tools are getting more sophisticated.  But, great presentations are not keeping pace.  Why is this?  Great presentations are so much more than a PowerPoint.

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Topics: Presentation Skils

The Sweet Sound of Applause at the End of a Presentation: 2 Killer Presentation Checklists

Posted by Joanne Flynn

4/14/15 2:00 PM


We hope you have enjoyed our blog series on presentation skills.  In case you missed the other 4 blogs, you can view them here.

This is the final blog in our presentation skills series and it gives you two presentation checklists to follow as you prepare for your presentation.

The object of any presentation is to introduce or promote an idea to an audience.  In the course of the presentation, the structure of the material is designed to:

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Topics: Presentation Skils

Putting It All Together: 3 Tools For a Well-Crafted, High-Impact Presentation

Posted by Joanne Flynn

4/7/15 2:30 PM


We hope you have enjoyed our blog series on presentation skills so far.  In case you missed the first 3 blogs, you can view them here.


This is the fourth blog in our presentation skills series and it focuses on the three tools needed to make a truly impactful presentation.

Putting It All Together

We know the aim of any presentation is to impart your information to the audience ensuring they receive the information as ‘in tact’ as possible.  To achieve maximum impact, we must present with the following three tools: 

            1.  Visual Billboard

            2.  Physical and Vocal Energy 

            3.  Synchronizing the Audience with You and The Visual Billboard

This may seem obvious, but it requires careful orchestration, preparation and practice. 

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Topics: Presentation Skils

Put the Power Back in PowerPoint: 4 Presentation Material Must Do’s

Posted by Joanne Flynn

4/1/15 1:30 PM


We hope you have enjoyed our blog series on presentation skills so far. In case you missed them, our first blog focused on 
making
 your presentation more focused and impactful and our second blog helped you better understand the audience perspective.

This is part three of our presentation skills series and it looks at the importance your Visual Billboard can have on your presentation.


Background – The Visual Billboard

When used effectively, this is your storyboard.  Before you create your first slide, you must determine your message / story from start to finish. To be audience effective – the creation of your message / story should take the most preparation time.  Your overall story must have a logic and a flow, a start and a finish.  When you create your slides, you must have a way to transition in and out of every slide.  Information must pass the storyboard filter.  Unrelated information must be eliminated or it will create audience confusion and weaken your message.  Every slide must have a purpose with an introductory transition into the slide and an exit transition from one slide to another.   All this is done before we really begin to create the presentation slides themselves. Start with your story and develop the slides to support, not the other way around. Remember, the sides are not the presentation. You are!  The slides are your supporting tools. 

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Topics: Presentation Skils

3 Presentation Essentials to Help You Understand the Audience Perspective

Posted by Joanne Flynn

3/25/15 1:30 PM

 

This is the second blog in our presentation skills blog series. In case you missed it, our first blog focused on how to make your presentation more focused and impactful.

What makes a great presentation great?  Great presentations don’t ‘just happen’.  Yes, there is theory behind the presentation process.  Great presentations are carefully crafted on many levels to make sure the presenter captures and keeps the audience’s attention.  After all, isn’t that why we make presentations in the first place?  There are three critically integrated parts to a great presentation that will make it high impact, memorable and game changing. Before you even begin to create your presentation, you must consider all the underlying components together with your intent for the presentation.  To meet all three requirements, you must absolutely understand how the audience processes the presentation. 

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Topics: Presentation Skils

Does Your Presentation Pass the Test? How to Make it More Focused & Impactful

Posted by Joanne Flynn

3/17/15 9:30 AM

Where have all the powerful presentations gone?  

I have just spent two months watching presentations that are sorely lacking impact.  As an audience observer of the presentation process, I decided to dissect the presentations from a professional presentation discipline – a professional skill set that I have taught and coached for many years. Here are two key observations.

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Topics: Presentation Skils

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