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  • Around the world every day, thousands if not millions of people give presentations.

  • Some are great, and have a powerful impact on their audiences.

  • Others...well, let's just say their works are in progress.

  • This is Powerful Presentations: Simply Stated.

  • Meet Jim, an aspiring professional trying to make it in the world.

  • Jim used to give presentations like just about everyone else he knew. PowerPoint was his tool of choice.

  • He'd use it like an outline, with a header followed by bullet after bullet, and sometimes even sub-bullets!

  • When he wanted to be fancy, he'd add what usually turned out to be an ineffective chart or sometimes a table.

  • And when Jim wanted to really spice things up, he'd add... yep... clip art.

  • Unfortunately, Jim's approach would often confuse and bore people.

  • This was a problem because he had important things to say.

  • And because it was dimming his prospects for success.

  • Fortunately, Jim learned a better way and didn't stay in the dark for long.

  • Perhaps most importantly, he now focuses on the story he wants to tell.

  • In doing so, he tries to follow a simple structure, with a clear beginning, middle, and end that links together his various points and builds to his conclusion.

  • When formulating his story, Jim uses a simple pad of paper or sticky notes.

  • Staying low tech at this stage helps him think more creatively and stay outside the box.

  • He then considers what will help him best tell his story.

  • Jim sometimes opts to use a whiteboard, flip charts, handouts, or even no props at all.

  • When it makes sense for him to use PowerPoint, he tries to remember the adage that sometimes "less is more."

  • He doesn't dumb down his presentations, but he does try to limit each slide to one key idea.

  • Or, depending on the content, he sometimes builds an idea incrementally so it's easy to follow.

  • He always looks for visual ways to tell his story, with supporting images, minimal text, and clear charts and graphs.

  • Sometimes he uses quotes, but he tries to remember that people can't read his slides and truly listen at the same time.

  • Jim still uses plenty of text to help him remember what he wants to say, but he hides it in his notes that only he sees.

  • Jim's new approach takes more time, energy, and rehearsal, but it's been well worth the effort.

  • His audiences are now much more engaged and better understand and remember his presentations.

  • And, as if that weren't enough, this pocketbook doesn't mind either.

  • This has been Powerful Presentations: Simply Stated.

Around the world every day, thousands if not millions of people give presentations.

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    至勇 posted on 2019/01/26
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