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Sharing your message

From: PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for Business Presentations

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We take speaking for granted, but when presenting to an audience and trying to persuade them, we need to revisit the very core of what we've been doing since we were a toddler. Here we'll focus on three different techniques that you can easily employ to improve your public speaking: Connecting, Pausing, and Articulating. Let's start with making a connection. Most of our presentations have an emotional angle somewhere, whether you're selling a product or trying to improve your classes' math scores, emotion is in there. Find it and turn it into a story. If you're selling a product, tell them how it has helped you or a client.

Sharing your message

We take speaking for granted, but when presenting to an audience and trying to persuade them, we need to revisit the very core of what we've been doing since we were a toddler. Here we'll focus on three different techniques that you can easily employ to improve your public speaking: Connecting, Pausing, and Articulating. Let's start with making a connection. Most of our presentations have an emotional angle somewhere, whether you're selling a product or trying to improve your classes' math scores, emotion is in there. Find it and turn it into a story. If you're selling a product, tell them how it has helped you or a client.

And I just don't mean with facts and numbers; use your emotions and make a connection. For example: This safety program is important to me because our lives are on the line. I have a family to get back home to everyday and I know you do too. I've made a promise to them to make this workplace as safe as possible and we owe it to them to follow these proven safety procedures to the letter. Or perhaps this: Here at Match Signal, we practice what we preach. We implemented the Series 9000 in our own office three months ago and we saw efficiency jump.

But let me tell you it's more than that. Just last week I overheard a coworker explaining how great it was to be able to go home early and spend more time with his family, and that's how I know that this product works. Pausing--when we speak we sometimes have a tendency to go at full speed and pick up a few breaths along the way. We must remember to pause. The pause has a few great side effects. In addition to giving us that all important breath, it's a queue for the audience to think or reflect on what was just said. It's dramatic.

Think of the pause as a very powerful period at the end of a sentence or a thought, one that says, "I just said something so profound, I'm going to give you a moment to realize how awesome it was." Articulating--as you practice pausing in all the right places, consider the way you articulate your words. We have to acknowledge that our audience doesn't have perfect hearing, nor are they always focused on our message as much as we would like. And so to counter that, we need to speak as clearly as we can, while placing emphasis on the most important words, the ones that we want to resonate with our audience.

See how that works? These techniques and others will help convey a sincere message to your audience that they can understand and connect with. If you find yourself weak as a speaker, just practice. Get in front of a mirror or better yet, a video camera, and just set aside an hour to practice your delivery and review your performance.

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PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for Business Presentations

50 video lessons · 19916 viewers

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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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