Links of the Week: 2013.14

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This week, my final paper for my Health Communication class is due, so my readings have mostly come from academic journals.  As fascinating as those might be, I did some digging this morning for presentation-related articles I hope you’ll enjoy.

The first is “Need Inspiration?  The Best Resources for PowerPoint Tips and Presentation Ideas” by Ethos3.  I loved reading over their list of amazing public speaking and presentation resources including many of my favorites: Presentation Zen and Made To Stick.  The list wasn’t super comprehensive but is a good starting place.  If you’d like to see my list of best presentation resources, please click here.

What are your favorite public speaking and presentation resources?  Did I miss anything that I need to add to my list?

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“Don’t Put Yourself in a Cage of Text” was a great article and a funny concept by Canadian author and presentation guru Dave Paradi.  Paradi explains:

“When a slide full of text appears on the screen, the focus of the audience goes to the screen and they start to read all the text on the slide. While they are reading, they can’t be listening to you. When they do return their focus to you, they have an expectation that you will cover everything on the slide in exactly the same order and to the same level of detail as they just read. As a presenter, you feel this expectation and you feel trapped in a cage created by all the text that the audience just read. You end up doing the only thing that will satisfy the audience’s expectation – you read the slide” (Source).

To avoid the “cage of text,” you can apply simple slide design techniques that will ensure you engage your audience.  Click here to learn more.

How do you avoid the “cage of text” in your presentations?

Finally, it’s the return of Andrew Dlugan!  “Simple Secrets to Improve Your Eye Contact” was a great article posted earlier this month.  Dlugan discusses strategies for improving your eye contact with your audience by using MORE and BETTER eye contact.

I find that eye contact is one of the scariest things about public speaking, and quite a few notable authors have tackled this topic.  My favorite delivery expert is Garr Reynolds, and he has a list of Top Ten Delivery Tips (including a tip about eye contact) here.

What notable strategies have you used to improve eye contact with your audience?

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