I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day holiday and long weekend! Today was a workday for me, but I did spend a beautiful beach day with my girlfriends on Sunday. This week’s “Links of the Week” include posts by Garr Reynolds, Nancy Duarte, and Chiara Ojeda.
Garr Reynolds of Presentation Zen posted “9 ways to live better, longer, happier” a few days ago, and these suggestions can apply to both everyday life and presentations. When a person moves naturally, has the right outlook, and connects well with others in the audience, a presentation can be very successful (Source). Reynolds explains the importance of slowing down and having a clear purpose, and these are key in the presentation creation process. More importantly, though, these tips do lead to a healthier and happier life.
“10 Tips for More Effective PowerPoint Presentations” gives us additional advice on crafting strong presentations. Most of the great advice relates to slide design. Author Dustin Wax writes, “At any given moment, what should be on the screen is the thing you’re talking about. Our audience will almost instantly read every slide as soon as it’s displayed; if you have the next four points you plan to make up there, they’ll be three steps ahead of you, waiting for you to catch up rather than listening with interest to the point you’re making… Plan your presentation so just one new point is displayed at any given moment” (Source). We may put our audience’s needs first when we’re coming up with content, but if we’re not also thinking about their needs with our PowerPoint and Keynote slides, our presentations will fall not resonate.
With online public speaking classes, Skype interviews, and GoTo Training sessions, more and more presentations are being presented remotely. Nancy Duarte’s “5 Ways to Resonate Remotely” should be essential reading for any speaker who has an online or telephone presentation. Duarte emphasizes the importance of a human touch; keeping the audio interesting; removing distractions; using contrast; and having fun (Source).
Last, but not least, was an important message for every presenter. “Murder Your Darlings” by Chiara Ojeda of Tweak Your Slides gives us advice for editing and cutting content. Ojeda says of murdering our darlings: “The purpose of this violent act is to keep the focus on the audience. Without the editing and shaving off of what may seem necessary to you but is not necessary to your audience’s understanding of that particular subject, you will lose your most important tool in creating an idea that spreads–the audience themselves” (Source).
What great things did you read over the long weekend?