11-Step Guide To Awesome Presentation Content

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If you’re working on a presentation, check out SOAP’s 11-Step Guide to Awesome Presentation Content:

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I love the focus on audience analysis, storytelling, and support for the core message.  I would have liked to see a focus on “why” before “how.”  As Simon Sinek’s golden circle tells us, our focus should be “why” first followed by “how” and “what.”  I would have also liked to see a focus on content as opposed to a transition into design… Design took up half of the presentation, which was disappointing.  Even so, there are great lessons to be learned here, and I hope you enjoyed the Slideshare deck.

What great Slideshare presentations have you flipped through this week?

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?