Sometimes the issue isn’t with making sure your audience stays engaged, it’s keeping yourself interested, too! It’s time to get creative with presentations! If you are not excited about the material, your audience won’t be, either. One way to rejuvenate your interest and look at your content from another perspective is to get creative with presentations! When audiences see an approach that is unique or unfamiliar to them, they are more apt to appreciate the content because they see it differently, themselves.
Many of our clients report that July and August are slow times for them. These months tend to have less urgent projects running across the board, and since it’s a common time of year for staff to go on vacation, there aren’t typically many new projects added to the docket. Of course, this is also a time when there is low conference attendance, and fewer projects to attend to. For marketing folks, however, the end of summer is a time of opportunity. Summer’s end is a great time to bolster marketing efforts, update presentation resources, prepare and refresh marketing materials and prepare for a busy final quarter! Don’t Waste This Opportunity, […]
Do You Have an Engaging Presentation? The worst part of sitting through the presentations of others is being bored. It’s terrible when you want to give your focus to an instructor or team member, but the information they are presenting isn’t interesting or doesn’t seem useful. When you’re building your own presentations the worst part is worrying if it is interesting or engaging for your audience.
Besides designing presentation slides, I often see another challenge – how to effectively manage presentations and slides such that they are organized and easily accessible. I personally use many slide decks across my projects and customers. But they need to be well organized and updated often which is a very time-consuming task. How to do it? Here’s a conversation I had with Katrik Sundar, founder of Teamslide and a specialist in the topic of presentation and slide management.
Opening, body and closing are obvious structure parts of the presentation. However, are you using these structure slides effectively? Each of these parts has its objective that you should clearly highlight also on your slides. How?
When presenting to your team or another department, it can be difficult to capture the attention of your audience. The struggle is often based in the need to make more engaging presentations, more so than a lack of interest or effort on the part of the presenter. We’ve found that explaining concepts such as sales funnels with graphics not only makes the presentation more visually engaging but helps to clarify what might otherwise be a difficult concept.
Do you have a nice quotation in your presentation, but don’t know how to show it nicely? Check some design ideas of making a quote slide that Izabela, our graphic designer, prepared for you. Those are not that hard to do yourself and the effect is amazing. Quotes are a great way to add an inspiration element into your presentation. Appropriate quotation adds a credibility to your topic. I recently included a few citations in my last training slides of Nancy Duarte and Einstein about simplicity in design. To illustrate a quotation, try one of these ideas: 1. Use a big picture on a slide + transparent text field and put […]
When we create a presentation, the first draft slides are usually text bullet points. At least, I often do so. The important thing is not to stay there. Move a step further – change those texts into visual form. And the easiest form is a simple diagram. That’s a reason I promote such schema illustrations as great way to make strong visual presentations. Why diagrams are a perfect solutions for presenting various complex topics. What is a diagram? A diagram by definition is any geometric symbolic representation of information. It’s usually two-dimensional, that means a simple rectangle drawing in a paper does qualify. Why are diagrams so cool? I would […]
It’s this time of year we do plans on various levels. Company strategies, team aims, project plans, personal development objectives. To help you make good goals, use S.M.A.R.T. method of defining them. Furthermore, if you present the goals in nice eye-catching ways, you can reach better engagement by your audience. Here I present some ideas how you can design such SMART goals a presentation.
As the end of the year is approaching, you may be involved in preparing a business review presentation. Here’re some simple tips how to make it visually attractive. How to make financial results more interesting, inspirations for showing sales, production, accounting data and other KPIs in eye-catching visual form. I was involved in a bunch of such presentations. They were usually prepared for the board report meetings or company year-end party. A CEO presented what happened over the year if the yearly goals have been met. Sometimes every department contributed – showing sales statistics, marketing campaigns summary, production numbers. Accounting guys presented a financial outlook if the revenue will reach […]