Three Slideshare Presentations For The Communications Expert

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Sometimes, Slideshare is jam-packed with beautiful slide decks featuring not only good information but also good design.  Today, I’d like to share three top-notch Slideshare decks with you.

The first comes from Carmine Gallo.  “Talk Like TED: 3 Unbreakable Laws of Communication” is such a powerful resource for communicators and presenters.  The Slideshare presentation serves as promotional material for Gallo’s latest book: Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds.  I love that TED has been become such an important part of pop culture and that the organization has been featured in so many new business and communication books.  We can learn so much from TED presenters, which is exactly what Gallo covers in his book and Slideshare deck.  Check it out below:

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The second is a visual presentation by Illiya Vjestica, The Presentation Designer, and is called “How To Become A Better Speaker.”  I love this deck because of its simple design and important advice.  Vjestica tells us there is not a quick fix or a detour to becoming a strong presenter.  Being a powerful speaker takes practice and dedication to the craft.  “How To Become A Better Speaker” lays out simple advice on how to begin putting in the time and effort it takes to delivering better speeches.  Click through the deck here:

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The third and final deck was created by the folks at Placester.  Called “The 12 Tenets of Content Creation,” this presentation is for business, marketing, and communication specialists who want to learn how to develop and distribute powerful content to share with others.  Advice includes learning how to listen, making a list, addressing questions, researching, focusing on titles, and other expert advice.  As the incoming Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Junior League of Greater Orlando, I will definitely be taking this advice to heart as we develop our content creation and distribution plan for the 2014-2015 League year.

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What great Slideshare presentations have you seen lately?

Alexei Kapterev’s Why Presentations Suck

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Alexei Kapterev is “a Moscow-based presentations expert, author of the book Presentation Secrets and the world’s most famous presentation about presentations Death by Powerpoint. He is currently teaching presentation skills at the Graduate School of Business at the Moscow State University and running a small private consulting practice” (Source).

I follow Kapterev on Slideshare, and he just released yet another beautifully designed deck of slides jam packed full of important presentation information.  Check it out below:

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You can also check out Kapterev’s TEDxKyiv talk called “World Class Self Education.”  Watch it here:

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Since Kapterev is an expert on presentations, and since this education comes not from a classroom but from his own self study for 6 years, this TEDx Talk perfectly captures his experience, background, story, and credibility.  I also love this concept because I am finding it to be true in my own life.  The things I study and teach myself are the things giving me a world-class education.  And this is obviously working for him if his book is on the shelves next to Nancy Duarte’s Resonate!

What rings true for you from Kapterev’s Slideshare presentation or his TEDx Talk?

Empowered Presentations’ “Tool Belt” For Presenters

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Empowered Presentations has done it again!  I loved the idea of gathering a “tool belt” comprised of 10 things we should carry with us for every presentation.  EP suggests presenters carry the following: post-its, a Mac, Keynote, a projector, speakers, a smartphone, a clicker, water, confidence, and handouts.  Check out their Slideshare deck below:

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I would definitely agree with all 10 of these items and add a whiteboard and markers.  Sometimes, I think it’s important to ditch the slideshow, especially if an important question is raised by someone in the audience.  A whiteboard is a must.

What items would you add to a “tool belt” for presenters?

Student Visual Resumes

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Since we have been speaking this week about creating a “body of work,” I wanted to share with you three superstar student visual resume examples.  The projects below were the culmination of about two weeks worth of work.

Alejandro Cabrera focuses on story right off the bat, and I enjoyed his hook leading into his “roots.”  Alejandro is good at applying the picture superiority effect and, of course, he is great at storytelling.

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Bree Martino’s combines strong, detailed content and beautiful design in her Visual Resume.  Bree is a passionate, hard worker dedicated to live music.

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Lance Smith has an eye for blending text, color, and images.  One of his fellow classmates remarked that this deck of slides was the best slideshow he had ever seen in his entire life.

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I have about 30 total students this term, and I wish I could share everyone’s visual resumes with you!  If you have time to peek at a few more for inspiration on how to design and to communicate your body of work to others, check out 3 more great slideshows designed by Yennylind Ortega Sardi, Andres Urquijo, and Catherine Rodriguez.  Yes, I am lucky to work with such amazing, talented college students!

Which student visual resume do you like the most?  Have you seen any other awesome visual resumes on Slideshare lately?

An Argument For Visual Literacy

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Gavin McMahon of Make A Powerful Point is one of my favorite bloggers and Slideshare connections.  His most recent deck of slides makes an argument for visual literacy.  Check it out below:

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Do you think visual literacy will become increasingly important in 2014 and beyond?  How do you think slideshow presentations will continue to change and develop in the 21st century?

13 Tips To Reduce Presentation Anxiety

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After joining Slideshare, I became acquainted with a talented presentation designer from Budapest, Hungary named Orsolya Nemes.  Through Tweets and emails, I came to know Orsolya on a more personal level, and I can attest to her professionalism, kindness, and passion for presentation design.  In her latest “Top Presentation of the Day” Slideshare deck, Orsolya gives us tips to reduce our presentation anxiety:

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See more of Orsolya’s work here.

What tips would you give for reducing presentation anxiety?

Four Public Speaking Tips From Standup Comedians

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My blog post on public speaking tips we can learn from Kevin Hart was one of my favorite studies in presentation.  While good advice and inspiration can come from anywhere, comedians – great comedians anyway – know how to balance engaging content; physical and verbal delivery; and props/visual aids to resonate with any audience.  Re-read “Presentation Lessons from Kevin Hart” from February 2012 here.

In the vein of my Kevin Hart post, Digital Strategist and Entrepreneur Ross Simmonds gives us “Four Public Speaking Tips From Standup Comedians” on Slideshare.  Check it out below:

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We can really learn a lot from Simmonds’ presentation including the importance of story; learning from people you admire; working the room before hitting the stage; and developing “hustle” (Source).

What public speaking tips have you learned from watching stand-up comedians?

Ethos3′s Make Your Presentation Memorable

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The folks over at Ethos3 are my favorite.  They research and study presentations, they create beautifully designed decks on Slideshare, they write a fascinating blog, and they have a great sense of humor.

Check out their latest deck “Make Your Presentation Memorable” below:

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This visual presentation touches on the importance of speech content.  Though content versus delivery is often debated, we can all agree that crafting a memorable message is the essential first step to any speech that resonates.

What interesting Slideshare decks have you flipped through this week?

“But What If I Fail?”

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When we make our resolutions and our promises for 2014, in the back of our minds, some of us ask ourselves, “But what if I fail?”

When we consider public speaking and presentation, failure is often the ONLY thing we think about.

Slideshare superstar JesseDee released a new deck today which answers that very question:

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I love this Seth Godin quote, and I love JesseDee’s simply designed slides applying the picture superiority effect to support the quote.  One of my students asked me last week what Seth Godin book to read next.  I am a huge fan of Godin, and my favorite book of his is called Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?  I highly recommend it for the new year.

What happens if you fail at one of your 2014 resolutions?  What do you do when you have a speech or presentation fail?

3 Reasons Your Presentation Fails by We Are Visual

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Nadine of We Are Visual created yet another gorgeous Slideshare presentation on why our presentations fail.  Her three reasons for this include failing to inspire, not adapting your message for your audience, and giving too much information without enough insight.  She also gives a variety of examples and tips for improving your presentations.  Check it out here:

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Nadine focuses on three reasons why our presentations fail.  Can you think of any others?