April 24, 2014

[Free Webinar] Unleash “The Power of a Story” in your next presentation

“To involve people at the deepest level you need to tell stories.” Harvard Business Review 2013

It’s a common misconception that presentations dealing with mathematics, science, law or business can’t have stories. And so presenters continue to bore audiences by dumping uninteresting facts and mind-boggling numbers and charts on their slides. Yes, facts lend credibility to your story but as legendary screenwriting coach Robert McKee said, “People are not inspired to act on reason alone...The key to their hearts is story.”

Do you want to be a good storyteller? Do you want audience riveted to their seats till the end of the presentation? Then join our latest one-hour FREE webinar on “The Power of a Story” by the founder of Infinite Growth and an experienced speaker herself Maria Pantalone. The webinar will take place on May 8, 2014* at 10.00 AM Sydney Time (12.00 AM GMT, 5.30 AM IST).
*In these time zones, the webinar will fall on May 7 (5.00 PM PST, 7.00 PM CDT, 8.00 PM EDT)

During this FREE WEBINAR, you’ll learn:
  • How to connect with your audience: Dumping information, data, graphs on your audience isn’t connecting with them. Learn how to intellectually and emotionally engage your audience in this webinar.
  • How to use colour that adds impact: Different colors evoke different feelings in the audience. Learn which colors can enhance your message and leave a strong impact on the audience.
  • The power of the story through images: Pictures are worth a thousand words is an old adage. But which pictures? Learn which pictures are best to convey your story.
  • Where to find great online resources: Get insight into great online resources that experienced speakers use to design presentations and stories.
More about presenter Maria Pantalone:
Maria Pantalone is the founder of Infinite Growth, an award-winning company that works with individuals and groups in developing effective business communication skills. Their team helps clients with all aspects of their presentation, from preparing themselves as a speaker to the content and slide design for a presentation. 

Maria is an experienced speaker and coach to speakers. She knows first-hand the importance of using PowerPoint effectively and the impact that it can have on your presentation. She is committed into ‘tapping into’ an individual’s potential and has been honored with several awards for her leadership and communication skills.

So, don’t lose the opportunity to learn from Maria the craft of storytelling in presentations for free.

The webinar is scheduled on:
Day- Thursday, May 8, 2014*
Time- 10.00 AM Sydney Time, 12.00 AM GMT, 5.30 AM IST
*In these time zones, the webinar will fall on May 7 (5.00 PM PST, 7.00 PM CDT, 8.00 PM EDT)
Duration: 1 hour

Register for the Free Webinar Here- www.authorstream.com/webinars

See you at the webinar!

April 23, 2014

Think twice before using that visual in your presentation!

What’s the first word or thought that comes to your mind when you see this visual?

Beauty. Art. Isolated. Exhibition. Artist. Blank. Thinking. Dilemma. Painting. Reflection. Femininity. Choice. Solitude. Lost. Photography. Antique.

No, these are not hints, but the responses given by a group of people around me when I showed them the same image and asked their thought. Diversely surprised! 

An image, they say, is worth a thousand words. Indeed it is. But those could be a thousand different words told no one ever.

There’s a reason (other than the copyright violations) why you should not pick any image and end up using it in your next presentation. Using an image without understanding the message you want to convey is just like showing your audience the wrong signboard. You both end up travelling your own journey.

Your audience, each one of them, is a person different from who you are. And that’s what makes the task of being a presenter all the more challenging. All the more when you are going to share it on presentation platforms and leave it all to them to understand.

You have to carry them along. All together. You are the bus driver who has this task of taking all the travelers at a place, regardless of who they are, how they interact, where they come from. When you show your audience something and let them free to interpret it, each one does according to his personality, and each one of them does it right. No rights or wrongs there! So, how do you issue them a ticket that will make each one of these end up at the same destination where you wanted to take them?

Understand your objective well. What is it that you wish to convey? What message do you want your audience to understand (and take along)?

Once you have clearly set your objective and the message you want to give, then -
  • Pick up visuals that will carry it strongly, memorably and with least distortion. Choose visuals that will enhance your message and compliment them with words – written or spoken.
  • Put it across to a small group of people (and not the final audience).
  • Take their feedback and understanding of the message, without dropping them a hint of what you meant to convey. 
  • Now that you have both – the message you wanted to deliver and the message they understood; fine tune your presentation – design, visual, text or any element, accordingly. 
  • Repeat. Till the time you end up reaching where you wished to.
Make it a part of your presentation preparations and you might end up surprised at the results you achieve. In my case, I dropped up using the image above after finding out that it did not mean anything close to what I wanted to tell. *Sigh! Just in time.*

Your presentation is much more than a mere talk. It’s an experience that you create for your audience. A sign of trust that your audience places in you. Make sure you do justice to that and see them off with something memorable and valuable.

How do you choose visuals for your presentations? Let me know in the comments below.


April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014: Is your city ‘Green’?

Last year, the Earth Day Network celebrated the Earth Day with an inspiring theme "Are you the face of Climate Change." This year, they have widened the ambit of this theme to go beyond the individual and encompass the city in which we live in. The theme of Earth Day 2014 is thus "Green Cities".

Are you living in a green city? What exactly is a Green City? Is it a city which boasts of the maximum green cover? That is just one, though very important indicator of 'greenness' of a city. Along with it, the continued efforts of a city to use renewable sources of energy like solar and wind energy and lower its dependency on fossil fuels is an important indicator of city's greenness. Did you know that Reykjavik in Iceland meets only 0.1 percent of its power needs through fossil fuels! No wonder, its popularly considered the greenest city in the world.

Implementing environment-friendly laws, promoting a green lifestyle, lower carbon emissions, recycling of waste, and sustainable living are some other indicators that are fit to make some cities greener than others. 
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Here's a list of the top 10 green cities in the world, who are at the forefront of sustainable living:

Is your city a green city? If yes, how? Tell us in the comments below. 

April 17, 2014

Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter. Here’s a look at Holy Week!

Image Credit: Presentation by Nubia Group
The Holy Week has begun! And so have a multitude of events around the world. Prayers, church mass, silent processions, vigil and liturgies, Easter party, and kids’ favorite Easter egg and Easter bone hunts. 

Did you miss watching the Palm Sunday service on April 13 at St. Peter’s Square? Creating a history of sorts, Pope Francis stunned 100,000 Vatican crowd by abandoning his prepared homily and speaking off-the-cuff to the crowds. Later, he climbed off his Popemobile and posed for ‘selfies’ with the young crowd! That’s unbelievable, right!

Watch the Palm Sunday celebrations at Vatican and around the world in the presentation below:  
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Now that Palm Sunday has passed, preparations are underway for Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper before Jesus’ crucifixion on April 17 and Good Friday, the day Jesus died on the cross, on April 18.

Millions will observe Good Friday by fasting and attending church service. It’s also a day of solemn reflection and to remember the sacrifice Jesus made for the world.
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And finally comes the day people look most forward to, The Easter! It’s the time of rejuvenation, of rebirth of life, of resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It’s also the time for lots and lots of chocolate and eggs. In fact, it’s even called Egg Sunday! Here’s why. On this day, you’ll find shops flooded with them, gift baskets overflowing with them, kids searching for the hidden ones in their garden, while others busy dyeing them in bright warm colors.

Then there is the Easter Bunny bringing gifts and candies much like the beloved Santa on Christmas! So, get ready to bask in the lovely colors of Easter this Sunday:
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And hey we forgot to wish you a Holy Good Friday and a Happy Easter! Do share with us how you celebrated these days in the comments below.

April 4, 2014

[Free Webinar] Robert Lane is back with never-shared-before presentation technique “Speaking Visually”

Get ready to have your pre-conceived notions challenged!
On April 18, 2014, founder of Aspire Communications Robert Lane is back with a one-hour FREE webinar “Speaking Visually”, promising users that this won’t be your typical “How to do a better PowerPoint webinar”. It is going to be a mindset change.

Yes, Robert Lane is going to share insights on a never-shared-before PowerPoint technique that thousands of speakers across US are now quietly adopting with great success. It is called “Speaking Visually” and you can learn about this presentation style from Robert Lane by registering yourself for the webinar scheduled for April 18 at 9.00 AM PST. (Tweet This!)

A little light on what Speaking Visually is about:
Visual speaking style is an entertaining and a conversational approach that audiences enjoy and appreciate.

The presentation style you’ll see doesn’t use long, linear slide shows. It forbids bullet points, clipart, silly animations and meaningless stock photos. Instead it focuses on picture roles, picture stories, video, meaningful animations and other entertaining elements. Some say it resembles navigating around within a highly visual, engaging website more than giving a presentation. Whatever you think, though, get ready to have your preconceived notions challenged.

Claim Your Free Handout Before You Join:To help you understand the topic better, Robert requests you to download a free handout and keep it handy during the live session. Robert will ask you to refer to the handout several times during the class. Download it here

More about presenter Robert Lane:
Robert Lane is the founder of Aspire Communications, a thought leader, author and corporate trainer.

He has applied his 20 years of knowledge and expertise in graphic designing to study visually interactive digital communication. He and his team help presenters and speakers across the world to have dynamic visual conversations with the audience rather than showcase them lengthy, canned, text-filled slideshows. 

Robert Lane is also the author of well-known books: Relational Presentation: A Visually Interactive Approach and Selling Visually with PowerPoint. He has conducted three successful webinars on authorSTREAM including The art of using animation in meaningful ways and Learn to make visually engaging presentations.

Key takeaways from the webinar:
You’ll explore four key principles that must be in place to speak this way:
  • Eliminate most text and build richly visual and entertaining content instead
  • Create small, reusable content pieces that span multiple audiences/situations
  • Organize those small, modular pieces so that finding just the right ones at the right moment is easy
  • Embellish presentation materials with user-friendly navigation strategies that enable dynamic, personalized delivery
Applying these four principles makes you more likeable, believable, efficient, relaxed, memorable and relevant. You’ll like the change.

The much-awaited webinar is scheduled on:
Day- Friday, April 18, 2014
Time- 9.00 AM Pacific Time (11.00 AM CST; 12.00 PM EST; 4.00 PM GMT, 9.30 PM IST)
Duration: 1 hour

Register here: http://www.authorstream.com/webinars

PS. Don’t forget to bring along the webinar handout in the session.

See you at the webinar!

April 3, 2014

Convert PowerPoint to Flash with authorSTREAM!

So, you have worked really hard on making a PowerPoint presentation. Sorry, it’s no use if people can’t view it because they do not have PowerPoint installed on their computer. 

Even if they do have them installed, the task of attaching a PowerPoint file on email is way too cumbersome. Luckily, the world has got one of the greatest softwares in Adobe Flash. It’s today the most popular media format be it for viewing videos, movies, and even presentations.

Why Convert PPT to Flash or the SWF Format?
The following advantages make Flash the preferred media for sharing presentations across education and business networks:
  • Flash files are compatible with most operating systems and most devices.
  • Audio can be integrated easily in a flash file.
  • Flash files are accessible as most browsers have the flash plugin installed.
  • Flash files are smaller in size compared to .PPT files.
  • SWF is resolution friendly.
  • The streaming technology enables you to play a video file without waiting for the whole file to download.
  •  Presentations can be easily edited, while Flash files are more secure
Why choose authorSTREAM for converting to Flash?
Yes, there are hundreds of softwares out there that let you convert PPT to Flash. They do the job well but also charge few hundred dollars to do the same. authorSTREAM does the same job for you, without charging a single penny. When you upload a presentation on authorSTREAM, it automatically gets converted to Flash. Icing on the cake, authorSTREAM retains all the animations, transitions, embedded videos, and audio in the flash output so that you can share presentations the way you wanted them to be seen. 
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Save yourself the hassle of downloading PPT to Flash softwares and spending hundreds of dollars on them. Upload your presentations to authorSTREAM and with the single click of Upload button, your presentations get converted to flash format. For free and for the world to see. 

Sign-up for free today. Happy authorSTREAMing!

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