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PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for Business Presentations
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Making the motions


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PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for Business Presentations

with David Diskin

Video: Making the motions

Presenting to a live audience isn't something most of us do every day and so the motions of it all-- posture, where you're looking, and what you're doing with your hands--will take some practice. Having good control of your body and knowing what it's doing while you're speaking is a tough trick to master. You're going to want to avoid slouching, putting your hands in your pockets, rocking, and anything else that makes you look either lazy or insecure. How do you solve this? Well, for starters, look in the mirror and practice. The gestures that your hands make can help convey the passion and enthusiasm that I've been discussing through the entire course.
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  1. 1m 47s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 10m 43s
    1. Adding white space
      2m 13s
    2. Applying a transition
      2m 10s
    3. Reducing the text
      2m 37s
    4. Selecting objects with ease
      2m 26s
    5. Opening with Show
      1m 17s
  3. 15m 36s
    1. What's your point?
      2m 49s
    2. Getting in their heads
      2m 29s
    3. What's in it for them?
      1m 55s
    4. Piecing it together
      5m 49s
    5. Holding their hands
      2m 34s
  4. 30m 49s
    1. Understanding the importance of design
      4m 12s
    2. Using color and fonts
      3m 18s
    3. Maintaining consistency
      4m 57s
    4. Using photographs
      5m 21s
    5. Sharing data with charts
      5m 20s
    6. Making your data meaningful
      2m 23s
    7. Using diagrams and SmartArt
      5m 18s
  5. 46m 31s
    1. Breaking the slide into sections
      3m 56s
    2. Fine-tuning shapes and text boxes
      5m 43s
    3. Enhancing text boxes
      7m 46s
    4. Customizing layouts and templates
      6m 7s
    5. Building your own layouts
      4m 59s
    6. Animating bullets
      3m 12s
    7. Animating photos
      4m 56s
    8. Animating other objects
      5m 41s
    9. Inserting music and other audio elements
      4m 11s
  6. 16m 18s
    1. Taking control
      1m 46s
    2. Setting display resolution and improving clarity
      3m 18s
    3. Including hidden slides and custom shows
      4m 21s
    4. Utilizing speaker notes
      2m 17s
    5. Using Presenter view
      2m 2s
    6. Creating handouts
      2m 34s
  7. 27m 52s
    1. Planning the program
      3m 6s
    2. Using the presenter checklist
      2m 39s
    3. Knowing what to do when things go wrong
      5m 16s
    4. Sharing your message
      2m 40s
    5. Making the motions
      2m 0s
    6. Questions and answers
      1m 43s
    7. Reading your audience
      2m 41s
    8. Dealing with audience distractions
      3m 4s
    9. Setting up and tearing down
      4m 43s
  8. 19m 28s
    1. During the show
      1m 31s
    2. Creating a photo slideshow
      4m 8s
    3. Letting the slideshow be the star
      1m 41s
    4. Sharing with your audience
      6m 36s
    5. Keyboard and mouse tricks
      5m 32s
  9. 6m 30s
    1. The good, the bad, and the ugly: A recap
      5m 32s
    2. Additional resources
      58s

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PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for Business Presentations
2h 55m Intermediate Jan 17, 2012

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In this course, author David Diskin lays out a practical framework for building and delivering business presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint, and covers tips and tricks for controlling elements in slide decks. This course demonstrates how to engage an audience, present data in meaningful ways, incorporate gestures, and manage question-and-answer sessions. The course also includes tips on creating photo slide shows and utilizing keyboard and mouse tricks.

Topics include:
  • Adding whitespace
  • Applying transitions
  • Using photographs, colors, and fonts
  • Incorporating diagrams and SmartArt
  • Customizing layouts and templates
  • Animating bullets, photos, and other objects
  • Inserting music and audio
  • Utilizing speaker's notes and the Presenter view
  • Creating handouts
  • Planning the program
  • Dealing with distractions
  • Setting up and tearing down
Subjects:
Business Presentations Productivity
Software:
PowerPoint
Author:
David Diskin

Making the motions

Presenting to a live audience isn't something most of us do every day and so the motions of it all-- posture, where you're looking, and what you're doing with your hands--will take some practice. Having good control of your body and knowing what it's doing while you're speaking is a tough trick to master. You're going to want to avoid slouching, putting your hands in your pockets, rocking, and anything else that makes you look either lazy or insecure. How do you solve this? Well, for starters, look in the mirror and practice. The gestures that your hands make can help convey the passion and enthusiasm that I've been discussing through the entire course.

Your hands can emphasize specific words and give your audience clues to accompany the tone and inflection in your voice. Just don't overdo it. And at the same time, watch out for idle hands. Don't let them play with your pens, remote controls, or laptops, or anything else mindlessly. It won't take long before your audience watches your hands instead of you. Your eyes can help improve your presentation as well. Make eye contact repeatedly with every member of your audience. And because you're using a remote, you're not bound to the laptop and lectern, unless you've forgotten your pants, get moving.

Walk around the room, into the audience. Not only does this make you more personable, but it helps keep the audience awake and mixes things up. Remember, the audience is made of people and we all appreciate a personal touch. Your presentation must be personal. Glances, smiles, a hand on the shoulder, and other personal interactions with your guests will go a long way to building bridges with them. Finally, don't turn your back on the audience. It gives the impression that you've lost your place or you don't know what you're about to say next.

It doesn't portray confidence. The exception to this rule is when you really want the audience to look at the slide with you, you tell them to look, then you look with them, pause, and return to your audience to continue the presentation. Initially, you'll have to focus on these as you're presenting, but before long it will become second nature.

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