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  • It’s not a cinch to figure out your ‘why’, but you can make it work. I like to start with this statement and fill in the blank. You can put that in your proposal if you want, but you’ll need to connect it to audience, too. You have to make a gut emotional connection based on the ‘why’.That’s the next step. Hopefully you’ve done this before – it’s kinda what marketing is.
  • I usually fill in the blank in this statement to make this work. It’s not perfect, but it can help. Here’s an example for us:
  • You should be able to tell the whole story w/o slides, first. Slides are a storytelling AID, not the story.
  • Why were David’s hands and head so big? To be better scene from below/at a distance.
  • Why were David’s hands and head so big? To be better scene from below/at a distance.
  • But don’t be a slave to it
  • just do it equally/equitably
  • unless it specifically makes sense
  • just do it equally/equitably
  • We say ridiculous things.
  • You deserve this!!!!
  • just do it equally/equitably
  • 30 tips for awesome presentations

    1. 30 TIPS FOR AWESOMEPRESENTATIONS The Portent Webinar Series Ian Lurie @portentint ian@portent.com
    2. portent.co/ian-proposalsYes, like this, no ‘m’.
    3. #portentuThis is the hash tag
    4. WHY DO PRESENTATIONS SUCK?
    5. PRESENTATION <> SLIDES
    6. TIP #0USE YOUR TIME WISELY
    7. WRITE SLIDES REVISE REHEARSE PREP
    8. TELL ME WHYCONNECT THE HOWUSE STRONG LANGUAGESUPPORT YOUR AUDIENCE
    9. TELL ME WHY
    10. WHY ASK WHY?
    11. BECAUSE ‘WHAT’ IS BORING.
    12. THIS IS A DOG-SIZED SEMI-AQUATICRODENT WITH THICK FUR. yawn
    13. IF YOU LIKEDOG-SIZEDRODENTS THATALWAYS LOOKSMUG, THENCAPYBARAS AREFOR YOU. @!#*& yeah.
    14. I’M TELLING YOU THIS BECAUSE IBELIEVE THAT_______________________________
    15. IF YOU _______________________THEN YOU’LL WANT TO LISTEN. tip #2: Fill in the blank
    16. WHY = VALUE
    17. TIP #3: WRITE IT FIRSTWHY = VALUE
    18. TIP #3: WRITE IT FIRST
    19. TIP #4: HAVE A STRUCTURE
    20. SAY WHAT YOU’LL SAYSAY WHAT YOU’RE SAYINGSAY WHAT YOU SAID
    21. HAVE STOPSALONG THE WAY
    22. CONNECTWHY TO HOW
    23. IMPUTED VALUE
    24. IMPUTED VALUECONNECTS WHY, HOW & WHAT
    25. IMPUTED VALUEIT’S ABOUT DETAILS
    26. LOW IMPUTED VALUE
    27. LOW IMPUTED VALUELOOKS BEAT UP
    28. LOW IMPUTED VALUEBROKEN FACE WATER DAMAGE
    29. HIGH IMPUTED VALUE BLEEP
    30. HIGH IMPUTED VALUE LOOKS COOL BLEEP
    31. HIGH IMPUTED VALUE MOSTLY INTACT ANATOMICALLY BLEEP CORRECT
    32. IMPUTED VALUEYOUR PRESENTATIONMUST HAVE IT
    33. TIP #5NO BULLETS
    34. TIP #5NO BULLETS(except for lists)
    35. TIP #6AVOID ARIAL
    36. BLOCK FONTS ARE FUNGOTHAMARIAL BLACKFRANKLIN GOTHICKNOCKOUT IS PRETTY AWESOME
    37. BUT DON’T BE AFRAIDTO TRY UNUSUAL STUFFACADEMY ENGRAVEDBAUHAUSIMPRINT
    38. TIP #7READABILITY IS PARAMOUNT
    39. THE 10-FOOT TESTTIP #6THE 10-FOOT TEST
    40. TIP #8THINK BIG
    41. at least 32 pt typeTIP #8THINK BIG
    42. TREAT TYPE AS ART
    43. TIP #9COLORS FOR EMPHASIS
    44. TIP #10PLAY WITH LINE SPACING FORDIFFERENT EFFECTS. THISFEELS REALLY ‘TIGHT’ ANDTOGETHER. BUT IT’S HARDERTO READ W/ LOTS OF WORDS.
    45. TIP #10FOR JUST A FEW WORDSIT WORKS GREAT, THOUGH.
    46. TIP #11FOR SUPER EMPHASISVARY TYPE SIZES.
    47. TIP #12VARY SIZES AND SPACING FOR ANICE SQUARE LOOK
    48. TIP #13NO WIGGLING
    49. TIP #13NO SQUIRMING
    50. TIP #13NO SMALL MOVEMENT
    51. TIP #13NO WIGGLING i am in a zen state.
    52. TIP #14USE FILLS FOR CONTRAST
    53. TIP #14USE FILLS FOR CONTRAST
    54. TIP #14USE FILLS FOR CONTRAST
    55. TIP #14USE FILLS FOR CONTRAST
    56. SHOW YOUR PERSONALITY FILLED WITH PHOTO BG COLOR, 50% TRANSPARENCY.
    57. TIP #15LEARN THE GOLDEN RATIO
    58. 1.6 1
    59. 1.6 1 BLEEP
    60. TIP #15LEARN THE GOLDEN RATIO(but don’t let it rule your life)
    61. TIP #16CAREFUL WITH COLORS
    62. FAVOR A NATURALCOLOR PALETTE From Tim Beard
    63. TIP #17USE PHOTOS THE RIGHT WAY
    64. CONFRONTATION
    65. WISDOMGURU-NESSJUST SILLY
    66. ANXIETYMY LIFE
    67. I’M POORLYGROOMED?
    68. TIP #18AVOID OVERUSED PHOTOS
    69. TIP #19USE YOUR COMPUTEROR TEST EVERYTHINGOR USE PDF
    70. TIP #19USE YOUR COMPUTEROR TEST EVERYTHINGOR USE PDF
    71. IMPUTED VALUECONNECTS WHY, HOW & WHAT
    72. USE STRONGLANGUAGE I DONT GIVE A $##@
    73. TIP #20LOOK ‘EM IN THE EYE
    74. TIP #20‘YOU’ ‘US’ ‘WE’
    75. IMPUTED VALUEPRESENTATIONSMUST HAVE IT
    76. IMPUTED VALUEYOUR PRESENTATIONMUST HAVE IT
    77. TIP 21: USE DATA SPARINGLY
    78. TIP 21: USE DATA SPARINGLY30,000! !6,000!!25,000! !5,000!!20,000! !4,000!!15,000! !3,000!! SEO!visits! NB!SEO!visits!10,000! !2,000!! 5,000! !1,000!! 0! !"!!!! Sep"10! Oct"10! Dec"10! Nov"10! Jan"11! Apr"11! Oct"11! Dec"11! Nov"11! May"11! Feb"11! Mar"11! Sep"11! Jul"11! Aug"11! Jun"11!
    79. TIP #22SHOW YOUR PERSONALITY
    80. I’M A GEEK
    81. DAMN PROUD OF IT
    82. TIP #23DO REFERENCE GENDER
    83. MAN/WOMANBOY/GIRLMAN/GIRLBOY/WOMAN
    84. TIP #24CULTURAL AWARENESS
    85. SUPPORT YOURAUDIENCE
    86. TIP #25UPLOAD TO SLIDESHARE
    87. “PEOPLE PAY TOATTEND CONFERENCES”
    88. CONTENT = WORKCONTENT = PRODUCT
    89. YOURPRODUCT
    90. TIP #26EMBED ON YOUR BLOG
    91. TIP #26EMBED ON YOUR BLOG
    92. TIP #27CREATE A LINK BUNDLE
    93. TIP #28DON’T REPEAT
    94. TIP #29DO RECYCLE
    95. TIP #30DO ANSWER QUESTIONS
    96. BONUS TIPDO ENJOY YOURSELF
    97. TELL ME WHYCONNECT THE HOWUSE STRONG LANGUAGESUPPORT YOUR AUDIENCE
    98. WRITE SLIDES REVISE REHEARSE PREP
    99. @PORTENTINT WWW.PORTENT.COM PORTENT.CO/ian-proposalsNEXT WEBINAR:TIMING IT RIGHT: USING GOOGLE ANALYTICS FOR MARKETING PUNCTUALITY http://portent.co/timingitright
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