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  1. Fundamental Rules To Building Powerful & Engaging Presentations

    1. Start with a flow chart of the story you want to tell. Think about the logical progression of your story. Are you illustrating a chronological narrative, a progression of a single idea, how a research point moved you to action etc.

    2. Use more images and less text

    3. Use high-quality images

    4. Keep the focus on YOU and your presentation, not the PowerPoint. Unnecessary graphics and animations can get in the way of your ideas.

    5. Your presentation should be legible from anywhere in the room

    6. Your presentation isn’t about your images alone. It’s about the message you want to get across. Think about your message and be clear. 

    7. Don’t  be redundant in language or message.

 

  1. Best Practice PowerPoint Presentation Tips

    1. Use A Consistent Presentation Design: Stick with one font, color etc. Throughout the presentation 

    2. One Topic Per Slide: Don’t stack images unless they are different views on the same object

    3. Avoid information overwhelm by using the “Rule of Three”: 3 information items per point is perfect. It is not too much to become a talk about something else while also it shows that you really researched your topic. If you can’t find 3 items to illustrate your point make sure you have one that is effective and memorable. Images can help with this)

    4. Display one bullet at a time

    5. Embed videos: Remember the point of your presentation is to get a point or message across and although you are the presenter, it is completely fine to use video in your PowerPoint.  A relevant video can give you some breathing time to prepare the next slides while equally informing the audience on a particular point. CAUTION: Be sure to test the video beforehand, and that your audience can hear it in the room.

 

  1. Presentation Blunders To Avoid

    1. Avoid unnecessary animations: Unless you’re an animator or they are your artwork they can be distracting. 

    2. Only add content that supports your points. I don’t need to see a photo of your cat unless your cat is your project like Eduardo Kac’s rabbit Alba. 

    3. Do not read directly what is on your projected images. You can use presenter views to help you remember what you want to say but don’t read directly off of the image you are displaying to an audience. 

    4. Never Give Out Copies of the Presentation. It is your intellectual property. 

 

  1. Tips To Making Your Presentation More Engaging

    1. Re-focus the attention on who you are by including your website at the beginning and end of your presentation. 

    2. Change the tone of your voice when presenting. Try hard not to be monotone. 

    3. Be yourself, the best version of yourself. If your funny you can add humor.

    4. Encourage questions! 

 

 

  1.  Takeaways from one of the best presenters, Steve Jobs

    1. He was known to use large font size

    2. He made the complex sound simple.

    3. He was known to practice, practice, and keep on practicing.

    4. He is dead make sure you are relevant to today’s cultural shifts. 

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Contact: wdeschene(at)hotmail.com

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