Seeding Your Presentation


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Seeding is a great way to stay on top of your presentation, go without notes, leave the podium and mingle with the audience. You can create your own seed icons, text and colours. I use the light blue which I can read ten feet away and the audience cannot. If you are nervous or new to presenting, use the seeding technique. Hope it works for you!

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Seeding Your Presentation

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  2. 2. Seeding advises you in advance about: 1. what’s coming up next 2. if the next slide carries on from the current slide 3. if this slide is the last in a series 4. if the next slide starts a new topic 5. where animated bullets stop 6. your introduction to the next slide Seeding is a set of icons and text that you create. 2
  3. 3. Your SEED icons and SEED text are located at the very bottom of your slide. Right about And have no fear, the audience cannot read your notes…. As you an see, no podium, no notes and I am away from the screen… when needed, I glance at the lower part of the screen to note the seeded icons or transition statement…
  4. 4. Use this icon to indicate the next slide continues on from your current slide. Combine this icon with a transition statement that you say prior to clicking to the next slide. Let me show you the graph now… Let me show you the graph now… 4 See below. Here’s how your seeded text and icons look. You can adjust sizing and the light blue colour to suit your own vision from a few feet to ten feet away.
  5. 5. Use this icon to indicate the end of the current topic – and the next slide starts a new topic. Combine this icon with a transition statement that you say prior to clicking to the next slide. Now we move to the latest trend… Now let’s talk about marketing 5 If you know your presentation well enough you may never look at your seeded prompts. BUT… sometimes something will cause you to forget, just for a split second… seeding will keep you on track.
  6. 6. Use this icon to indicate the place where animated bullets stop and save yourself from clicking forward and then having to back up. Always number your bullets. Combine this icon with a transition statement that you say prior to clicking to the next slide. Any questions about that last bullet? Any questions about that last bullet? 6 1. Idea #1 2. Idea #2 3. Idea #3 4. Idea #4 5. Idea #5 Quite often you’ll be clicking away to reveal your animated bullets and suddenly you’ve forgotten, was it 5 or 6? Adding this seed line prevents clicking forward to reveal the next animation or slide – and if you do run ahead you do not look so professional! Don’t forget to seed whether or not to pause after the last bullet and perhaps ask a question or click on to the next slide.
  7. 7. If you use handouts here’s a way to make sure you do not repeat what’s in the handout – only presenting new content. Green = the information on this slide is in your handout – no need to write it down or make notes 7 Red = the information on this slide is NOT in your handout – better make notes, ask questions. If your audience has post-presentation access to your slide deck but not a recorded version of your presentation then it is important to let them know when to make notes. I usually place this seed icon at the top right of the slide and advise my audience to check that location. This seed also prompts your “make notes” comment as and when.WB9 You can also use this seed to state which page in the Work Book your slide refers to.
  8. 8. 8 TYPE YOUR QUESTION HERE… AND THEN ANSWER IT. “How will we reach our sales goal?” Seeding your presentation with questions is not a new technique. It is however a seeding technique and one that just works – especially for new and nervous presenters. Make sure your question is nice and bold, large and can be read from the back of the room. You’ll use a transition such as. “…and here’s something we need to talk about (REPEAT THE QUESTION ON THE SLIDE) and let me kick this off…. Here’s what I think…”
  9. 9. 9 If you need more HOW versus WHAT you might like my latest eGuide shown to the right. I generally write for the travel industry however the tips favour every presenter. So… seed away. Create your own seed language… play with the text colour and sizing so that only YOU can read what you seed and understand it. If you work with a corporate team – make sure the seeded icons are shared with everyone. Contact information on the next slide:
  10. 10. 10 Steve Crowhurst Travel Trade Author, Columnist, Trainer & Speaker