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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.

  • 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 Continue reading

  • Don’t start with an apology; Issue #273 October 30 2012

    It happens at too many conferences every day. A speaker starts with an apology, and by doing so, sets the wrong tone for their presentation. Apologies destroy your credibility with the audience and put you in the wrong frame of mind, which leads you to not deliver the presentation you had hoped. I see it… Continue reading

  • Presenting legal/regulatory quotes; Issue #272 October 16, 2012

    Yesterday I spoke to a conference of real estate and legal professionals about how to create more effective PowerPoint slides when giving training sessions. They commonly show quotes or regulations from legal documents in their training sessions. Often presenters end up just reading the text of a paragraph because there doesn’t seem to be any… Continue reading

  • Repurpose your presentation as a web video; Issue #271 October 2, 2012

    Presentation Tip: Repurpose your presentation as a web video If you read the statistics about online video, you will see that online video is growing dramatically. And it is not just people watching funny cat videos. Executives and professionals are watching video online and making decisions based on the content and quality of what they… Continue reading

  • Presentation resource: Presenting PowerPoint on an iPhone

    My recommended solution for presenting PowerPoint presentations on the iPad has now come to the iPhone! SlideShark is now available for your iPhone as well as your iPad. Both use the library of presentations that you load to the SlideShark website, so you can access all the presentations on either device, a great time saver.… Continue reading

  • Determining the goal of your presentation is hard; Issue #270 September 18, 2012

    Presentation Tip: Determining the goal of your presentation is hard The foundation of every presentation should be a clear statement of the goal of the presentation. While I am sure you would agree with this, stating a clear goal is much harder than it seems. Don’t always assume that the first goal you come up with… Continue reading

  • Presentation resource: History of PowerPoint

    A couple of weeks ago Geetesh Bajaj interviewed one of the founders of PowerPoint, Robert Gaskins, on the 25th anniversary of the software being released. It is a great interview and it includes a link to download a book by Mr. Gaskins on his memories of bringing PowerPoint to life. Read the interview here. Continue reading

  • Presenting software/website usage; Issue #269 September 4, 2012

    Presentation Tip: Presenting software/website usage Have you seen a presenter attempt a live demonstration of software or a website? Too often the demo goes wrong, with the software locking up or the Internet connection not working. Even large companies like Microsoft and Apple have these problems happen to them. Instead of live demos, I suggest… Continue reading

  • Presentation Resource: Survey of PowerPoint vs. Prezi from a user perspective

    A commonly touted solution to poor presentations is to change the tool that you use. You may have heard that Prezi, an online presentation tool is a popular option. It is one of many tools that exist, and I have seen ineffective Prezi presentations as well, so the tool is not the issue. You will… Continue reading

  • Presenting a Recommendation; Issue #268 August 21, 2012

    Presentation Tip: Presenting a recommendation In most cases, there is more than one possible solution for a problem. When you have been asked to investigate possible solutions and present your recommendation, you want the decision makers to act on that recommendation. In this article I will discuss how to make the presentation effective and get… Continue reading