PowerPoint Slide Design: How Simple is Too Simple?

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Presenters often find themselves in a fix when choosing a design for their next presentation. “Should we keep it simple and clean with a soothing background color and company logo in the footer or should we make it colorful and dynamic like an infographic?” “When does simple become too simple?” Do you face this dilemma too? Perhaps this wonderful discussion initiated by Sukhpreet Kaur, SEO Specialist at BirdBrain Logic, in our LinkedIn group authorSTREAM Present Better would help you dissipate…

7 Things No One Wants to See in a Presentation

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Similar to the actual Seven Deadly Sins, the Seven Deadly Presentation Sins run rampant in PowerPoints across this land. These written crimes might not lead to your arrest, but they have the ability to bore your audience to a metaphorical death. Know your enemy and familiarize yourself with these “fatal-ish” no-no’s: 1. An Infinity Loop of Jargon – “Empowered core competency,” “a turn-key pioneer in creating effective learning situations,” “actionable baselines,” …all of these phrases sound important yet convey nothing.…

Use the power of Cognitive Dissonance to convince your audience

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“Cognitive Dissonance what?” That’s the first reaction many have when they are introduced to this concept.Yes, it’s a hefty word that seems to have come straight out of some geek’s dictionary. Yet these two words are more powerful and relevant to our life than we imagine it to be. If you have ever been in ‘two minds’ over something, then you have experienced Cognitive Dissonance!Coined by social scientist Leon Festinger back in 1957, it simply means tension or conflict in…

Presentation Wisdom from Ancient Greeks: 3 Powerful Persuasion Techniques

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“Of the modes of persuasion furnished by the spoken word there are three kinds. The first kind depends on the personal character of the speaker; the second on putting the audience into a certain frame of mind; the third on the proof, provided by the words of the speech itself.”  – Aristotle, Rhetoric If you wish to master the art of persuasion, it’s imperative that you begin with Aristotle. The Greek philosopher and the father of many disciplines laid the foundation…

Inject suspense and drama into your presentation with the dramatic pause

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“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”  – Mark Twain Many a speech has achieved glory thanks to the right use of a pause. Take John Kennedy’s epic address for example: “Ask not what your country can do for you [pause] ask what you can do for your country.” Or Franklin Roosevelt’s, “The only thing we have to fear is [pause] fear itself.” However, one has to be careful not…