|Presentations have become one of the most common ways for business people to communicate with each other - so you might expect us to be better at them. But we all know from being in the audience ourselves that truly interesting presentations are few and far between, and dull, lifeless presentations that often amount to a waste of time for both the speaker and listeners are the unfortunate standard. While no one sets out hoping to be boring, realistically whether you deliver presentations regularly or you’re preparing to deliver your first one, chances are you’re going to be boring. In this course we’ll cover what usually goes wrong, and what you can do to set yourself apart from the crowd and deliver a presentation you can be proud of.
We’ll review concrete things to consider while planning your:
• Content - Preparing your PowerPoint slides should never be your first step in creating a new presentation. What are the most important things for you to consider before making a single slide, and what elements absolutely must be included to make your presentation the best it can possibly be?
• Design - Don’t blame the messenger! PowerPoint, Keynote and other slide ware programs are often blamed as the reason so many presentations fail. But the fault lies, of course, in the creator of the presentations, not the tools they use. In this chapter we’ll review how to making PowerPoint slides that support your message and don’t sabotage your success.
• Delivery - Your message is clearly crafted. Your slides are prepared. In this chapter we’ll review critical delivery skills you’ll need to ensure your resounding success as comfortable, confident, competent (and not boring!) speaker.