Finding the Zen in Your Presentation

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  • Presentations to Co-WorksPresentations to OrganizationsPresentations to ClientsPresentations to JuriesFirst, let’s talk about the audience.
  • Definition of “Audience”Lifeless individuals who receive information passively Audience is sitting thereDoing NothingNot participatingOne-Way ConversationYour Job as the Presenter is to be captivating and engagingWay Audience Receives Information
  • 50% How it Looks – The PowerPoint, the speaker’s movements and eye contact40% How it Sounds – My voice, variations in my voice10% Actual Material – What I am presenting
  • 50% How it Looks – The PowerPoint, the speaker’s movements and eye contact
  • 40% How it Sounds – My voice, variations in my voiceMost boring presenter … ever!
  • 10% Actual Material – What I am presentingAccording to a UCLA StudyTHE PROBLEM IS …
  • Really Bad!
  • Really Bad!
  • Example
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  • Do Not Use So Many WordsLawyers put WAY too much text on slidesPlus the more text on the screen, the smaller the text has to be. General rule is 25 words max on a slide. An easy way to check text size is to stand about 5 yards away from your computer and read your slidesBecause if you do …
  • Bullets – Don’t Use themLawyers put WAY too many bullets on slidesIf You Are going to use them …
  • In the End …
  • Stick With HeadlinesLawyers also use WAY too many slides …
  • Lawyers put WAY too much text on slides and WAY too many bulletsThey also use WAY too many slides …
  • Lawyers put WAY too much text on slides and WAY too many bulletsThey also use WAY too many slides …
  • 10 / 20 / 30 Rule10 Slides20 Minutes30 pt Font Size
  • istock photogoogle imagesflicker
  • Stick With White or BlackIt also helps on images selection …
  • Stick With White or BlackIt also helps on images selection …
  • Why is Your Audience There?(to get information)
  • The whole reason you are there is to CONNECT! The reason the attendees are there is to learn. So provide them a takeaway after the event. Or even better, ask for the business cards and you will email them materials. But be careful about giving all your information away up front. If you give them the PowerPoint in printed form, you will most likely see something like this the entire presentation.
  • Why is Your Audience There?(to get information - and be entertained)Why Are You There?(to connect).
  • The whole reason you are there is to CONNECT! The reason the attendees are there is to learn. So provide them a takeaway after the event. Or even better, ask for the business cards and you will email them materials. But be careful about giving all your information away up front. If you give them the PowerPoint in printed form, you will most likely see something like this the entire presentation.
  • Why Are You There?(to connect). The whole reason you are there is to CONNECT! The reason the attendees are there is to learn. So provide them a takeaway after the event. Or even better, ask for the business cards and you will email them materials. But be careful about giving all your information away up front. If you give them the PowerPoint in printed form, you will most likely see something like this the entire presentation.
  • The whole reason you are there is to CONNECT! The reason the attendees are there is to learn. So provide them a takeaway after the event. Or even better, ask for the business cards and you will email them materials. Different ways to give handouts: PowerPoint Handouts PowerPoint Notes Custom Handout No HandoutsAsk for Business CardsBut be careful about giving all your information away up front. If you give them the PowerPoint in printed form, you will most likely see something like this the entire presentation.
  • In Summary Don’t Read Your PowerPoint Keep Your Text to Headlines Small Amounts Bullets Use Simple Graphs Use Powerful Visuals Don’t Overuse Animation Don’t Overuse Colors Spell check 10 / 20 / 30 Rule Your PowerPoint Supports Your Speech Keep it Simple
  • Presentations to Co-WorksPresentations to OrganizationsPresentations to ClientsPresentations to JuriesFirst, let’s talk about the audience.
  • Finding the Zen in Your Presentation

    1. 1. Finding The "Zen" in Your Presentation Michael Blachly Director of Client Development Looper Reed & McGraw© Looper Reed & McGraw, P.C.
    2. 2. The “Audience”
    3. 3. So How Does an Audience Receive Information?
    4. 4. How it Looks – 50%
    5. 5. How it Sounds – 40% (Bueller … Bueller …)
    6. 6. The Actual Material – 10%
    7. 7. The Problem is …
    8. 8. 95%of PowerPoints are Bad
    9. 9. Really Bad!
    10. 10. What MakesThem Bad?
    11. 11. A I K Y P K U D F IH G P K H D G Q M TK Q F D O F D P T YS R S N O T S F D ML Y Z U S E H I A FS H C S O J L O F SD U V M A N Y J M SB M F W O R D S C SS C B U J B I M H DY D H M B D J B X G
    12. 12. Because if you do …
    13. 13. Simplicity - Keep it Short
    14. 14. Don’t Use Bullets
    15. 15. • Please • And • As• Don’t • Then • It• Present • Read • Will• Your • Them • Bore• Speech • To • Them• With • The • To• Bullets • Audience • Tears
    16. 16. Bullets Kill (presentations)
    17. 17. Stick With Headlines
    18. 18. Can You HaveToo Many Slides?
    19. 19. Attention Span to Number of Slides100.00%80.00%60.00%40.00%20.00% 0.00% 5 10 15 20 30 40 50 60 100
    20. 20. Attention Span to Number of Slides100.00% 80.00% 60.00% 40.00% 20.00% 0.00% -20.00% -40.00% Point of No Return: You will be beaten -60.00% to death -80.00%-100.00% 5 10 15 20 30 40 50 60 100
    21. 21. Less SlidesThe Better
    22. 22. We Love Charts
    23. 23. 5 Simple!43 Series 1 Series 22 Series 310 Category 1
    24. 24. 6 But It Can Be Abused!54 Series 13 Series 2 Series 3210 Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4
    25. 25. But It Can Be Abused! 54.5 43.5 3 2.5 Series 1 2 Series 2 1.5 1 Series 3 0.5 0 Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4
    26. 26. But It Can Be Abused!54 Series 13 Series 2 Series 32 Series 1 Series 3 Series 21 Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 30 Series 2 Series 1 Category CategoryCategory 1 2 Category 3 4
    27. 27. But It Can Be Abused! Series 1 Series 2 5 Series 3 4 Series 1 3 Series 2 Series 3 Series12 Series Series 3 2 Series 3 Series 2 Series 1 Series 1 Series 3 1 Series 2 Series 2 Series 1 Series 3 Series 3 0 Series 2 Series 1 Series 1 Series 2 Series 3
    28. 28. What The Hell is That? Category 1 6 5 Series 1 4 5 Series 1 3 Series 2 4 2 Series 3 1 Series 1Category 4 3 0 Category 2 Series 2 Series 3 2 Series 1 1 Series 2 Series 3 0 Series 2 Category 3 0 2 4 6 Series 3
    29. 29. Keep it54 Simple3 Series 1 Series 22 Series 310 Category 1
    30. 30. Or EvenBetter
    31. 31. Don’t Use The Boring PowerPoint Clip Art
    32. 32. Use Powerful Visuals
    33. 33. ColorsAre Great!
    34. 34. But KeepBackgrounds Simple
    35. 35. PLEASE!!!
    36. 36. Just Stick With …
    37. 37. White Black
    38. 38. Less Animationthe better
    39. 39. Keep itSimple
    40. 40. Spealcheck!
    41. 41. The Red LinesMean Something
    42. 42. Should You Use Handouts?
    43. 43. Why is YourAudience There?
    44. 44. The Audience Is There to Learn
    45. 45. Why AreYou There?
    46. 46. To Connect!
    47. 47. You Connect Through Your Presentation Handouts Provide The Information (but don’t pass them out too early)
    48. 48. In Summary:• Don’t Read Your PowerPoint• Keep Your Text to Headlines• Small Amounts Bullets• Use Simple Graphs• Use Powerful Visuals• Don’t Overuse Animation• Don’t Overuse Colors• Spell check• 10 / 20 / 30 Rule• Your PowerPoint Supports Your Speech• Keep it Simple
    49. 49. Because a Great Presentation WillMake the Difference Between This …
    50. 50. And This …
    51. 51. Thank You! Michael BlachlyDirector of Client Development Looper Reed & McGraw

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