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Below are the most recent articles or resources I’ve published. If you are looking for help on a specific topics, it would best to look at the topics in my Articles archive as I have grouped my recent and best articles by topic there.

  • Raise the average two slides at a time; Issue #282 March 19, 2013

    At the end of my workshops, I ask the participants if they have practical ideas that they can implement immediately to improve the effectiveness of their slides. Without exception, they all say that they have plenty of ideas they can use. In fact, the challenge is that they feel overwhelmed with everything they want to… Continue reading Raise the average two slides at a time; Issue #282 March 19, 2013

  • Testing your slides; Issue #281 March 5, 2013

    What does the audience think when they see a spelling error or other mistake on your slides? They start to wonder if you really took the time to look at your slides before you presented and they question how much you care about delivering a great presentation for them. A lot of the mistakes I… Continue reading Testing your slides; Issue #281 March 5, 2013

  • Five tips for preparing financial slides; Issue #280 February 19, 2013

    Financial information is a part of many presentations today. Whether you are presenting the budget for next year, current project spending status, or any other financial information, resist the temptation to just copy a spreadsheet and paste it on a slide. Copied spreadsheets overwhelm the audience and leave them confused. At the Presentation Summit last… Continue reading Five tips for preparing financial slides; Issue #280 February 19, 2013

  • Design visuals vs. Content visuals; Issue #279 February 5, 2013

    Some presenters think that adding visuals, especially pictures, will instantly improve their slides. I agree that visuals can improve your slides, but only if those visuals help communicate your message more effectively. In this article I want to discuss the difference between design visuals and content visuals. Let me start by defining each of these… Continue reading Design visuals vs. Content visuals; Issue #279 February 5, 2013

  • Timeline Visuals; Issue #278 January 22, 2013

    In a presentation where you have to share with the audience when some events happened or are planned to occur, don’t use a list of dates and descriptions. While accurate, a simple list does not help the audience to understand the time span involved and when the events occur within that timeframe. Instead, use a… Continue reading Timeline Visuals; Issue #278 January 22, 2013

  • Conference call presentations; Issue #277 January 8, 2013

    Last year a client asked me for some ideas on how to effectively present when your audience is attending via conference call. You have sent your presentation to the audience members via e-mail, and now you go through it while the audience listens to your over the phone. As the presenter, you don’t control what… Continue reading Conference call presentations; Issue #277 January 8, 2013

  • Sharing your presentation online; Issue #276 December 11, 2012

    Recently I offered some ways that you could turn your PowerPoint presentation into a video that could be sent to others or posted to the web (see article here). What if you want to just share the slides without the extra work to add an audio track? In this article, I want to share some… Continue reading Sharing your presentation online; Issue #276 December 11, 2012

  • Paperless Handouts; Issue #275 November 27, 2012

    Is it possible to replace the paper handouts we use for our presentations with a more environmentally friendly electronic version that the audience downloads in advance or just before we start? The answer is changing, and right now it would be a “maybe.” Electronic handouts can save money on printing, save the environment by using… Continue reading Paperless Handouts; Issue #275 November 27, 2012

  • Transforming data dump slides; Slide Makeover #75

    It is too easy to jump dump a ton of data on a slide and hope the audience figures out what it means. This makeover shows what can be done with a huge table of data to make it meaningful to the audience. Click here to watch the video on slideshare (home or corporate viewers)… Continue reading Transforming data dump slides; Slide Makeover #75

  • Stand-alone presentations; Issue #274 November 13, 2012

    This summer one of my clients asked me how to make stand-alone presentations effective. They often have to send their PowerPoint file to a prospective client without ever getting the opportunity to deliver the presentation in person or via web meeting. Since PowerPoint slides are supposed to be used to enhance the speaker’s message and… Continue reading Stand-alone presentations; Issue #274 November 13, 2012