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Handouts: Proof of Value

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It is quite common, even expected, when you attend a presentation to walk away with a collection of goodies: Handouts. There are three questions to ask yourself: Why? What? and When? Why prepare a handout? Depending on the occasion and your audience you may want to use the handout to provide a summary of your main points. You may want to help …

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Presentation Legends

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Preparing a presentation, practicing how to deliver it and, finally, presenting in front of a live audience is not an exact science. It is rather a collection of good practices and hours spent observing speakers and listeners. It is the result of experimentation and in many cases of personal trial and error. However, there is consensus among presenters, supported by …

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Headlines: 140 characters or less!

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An effective message needs to be: concise, clear, direct and specific. In a presentation this holds true for all types of text used, from the title to the headlines, from quotes to details. As a presenter do not confuse the written version of your talk with the content of your slides.” Save the words for speaking” is a general instruction to presenters. …

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The creation of meaning is art

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Pictures are (or should definitely be) an integral part of each presentation. There are two channels of communication speakers usually employ: verbal and visual. While you may be addressing the former with your physical presence, you employ the latter to enhance, support or explain your message even further. A picture is worth a thousand words. However, in the case of …

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Mirror, mirror…!

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If your knees shake before you give a presentation, if you get butterflies in your stomach at the thought of standing before an audience, think of the following: You are unique. Nobody else is like you. The audience in the room wants to share your expertise, to learn from your experiences, to find out what you think. You are creating …

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Digital storytelling and the iPad

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Everyone has stories to tell, including our students. Stories come from a variety of places, from a person’s past to their imagination. Some can be funny, some can be painful, but all are personal. Digital storytelling is the process of writing about that story, and adding the multimedia elements of voice, imagery, and music to create a visual story (Jakes …

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Toss the script

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Have you been to a play only to find the actors holding the script in their hands and reading from it during the performance? Absurd you would say. Have you been to a talk at a conference or at work only to find the speaker reading from his notes totally ignoring you? In my experience, quite often. Are Actors more …

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Charting Outside the Box

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One of the trickiest problems in a presentation concerns the results of research or surveys. They usually deal with numbers which provide the necessary evidence or examples for your main points. Any presentation software you may use comes with a facility which can convert your results into colourful charts. However, these charts can be repetitive and difficult to read from …

Is experience simply the name we give our mistakes?

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So you have been presenting for years, right? You have exposed yourself to different audiences, right? You have dealt with a variety of topics from the more mundane to the more sophisticated and demanding ones, right? So you have been ther, you have done that! There is nothing more to learn, right? Well, life is not as simple as that. …

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The benefits of storyboarding

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While storyboarding is not a new sport, it can contribute immensely to the fitness and wellness of your presentation. As a presenter you are providing your audience with a narrative that should have all the qualities of a good story. It should have an exciting plot, electrifying characters, unpredictable twists and turns to surprise your audience and a unambiguous message.  …