10 tips on making stunning presentations

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  • 1. 10tips onmaking greatpresentations Computers@Home
  • 2. Start with a specific objective 1 What do you want to achieve with thepresentation? Write this down for your own reference
  • 3. Write down your message 2One overall umbrella thought must form the basis of your presentation. If the audience remembers nothing else, they must remember this message. Write this down before you begin
  • 4. Organize 3Start with an attention-grabber opening and go on to structure your presentation so it has a proper intro, body and conclusion—like a story. There should be no loose ends. Summarize, recommend, and suggest action
  • 5. Keep it short 4Less always says more. The more words you use, the more you end up diluting the point. Use slides as your cue cards and talk rather than read out everything on the slide.
  • 6. Be persuasive 5Make it about them—not you. Nobody wants to hear something that makes no difference to them. Make them care
  • 7. Keep it interactive 6People learn by doing. People learn through self discovery And people love hearing themselves talk So keep the audience engaged in activities
  • 8. Energize your audience 7Stick to specifics and encourage your audience to suggest and discover action points on what you are telling them. No message is worthwhile unless it has an actionable aspect to it.
  • 9. Add some dramaIntel’s Craig Barrett 8spices up hispresentation with a blue-faced rock group Everyone loves a good show—and remembers it.Throw in some surprises into your presentation so that it becomes easier to recall.
  • 10. Use pictures that say something 9Presenters love using pictures. But it’s important to use pictures that actually add value rather than just prove a point already well made. Clipart too should be used only sparingly.
  • 11. Get the branding right 10If you’re making a business presentation, make sure your presentation gives the look and feel of your company. Brand is not limited to logo everywhere. Branding is an entire culture
  • 12. Tips on making great presentations1. Start with an objective2. Write down your message3. Organize, summarize4. Keep it short5. Be persuasive6. Keep it interactive7. Energize your audience8. Add some drama9. Use pictures that say something10. Get the branding right
  • 13. Design hints
  • 14. If everything is highlighted -- nothing stands out
  • 15. Be consistent---all through same fonts same picture style same colors same language same names same place
  • 16. Make sure designemphasizes, not overwhelms
  • 17. Reduce processing time Avoid information overload Make standalone instant sense Interpret complex stuff
  • 18. Delivery hints
  • 19. Know exactly what you’re talking aboutSteve Jobs is known to be a nononsense guy who turned Applearound
  • 20. Believe in what you’re sayingBill Gates may have all the frilland fuss about him, but he rarelyconnects with his audience
  • 21. Don’t be avoice-over
  • 22. Relax… Enjoy yourself The key to being relaxed is confidence The key to confidence is being prepared By Venugopal Reddy Chal l a