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How to Create an Awesome Presentation – Slide Content

So you need to create an Awesome presentation

Why content is king when creating an awesome powerpoint presentation.
Now that you know why you create an awesome presentation, you now need to think about the structure and flow of your presentation and this leads to the question of what content do you put on a slide to really make an impact yet not take away from your presentation? Watch this short Powerful Points presentation to learn more.   Before we talk about that, you need to know the difference between 2 very different types of memory – Verbatim and Gist.
Verbatim comes from the Latin word Verbum which means “word for word”
Verbatim comes from that latin verbum, meaning “word” and is where you learn something “word for word”. As you would suspect, presentations are a good place to try and get someone to learn something verbatim, although many speakers seem to think you can…without much success.
Gist on the other hand is where we get the “general” meaning of something like an idea.
“Gist” memory on the other hand is where we get the substance or general meaning of an idea and, of course, presentations provide a perfect forum for this. So what role does a speaker play in the presentation if the slides are to deliver or evidence a key message? Well, the speaker must give context and meaning to that key message…they must make the connection between that message and what it means for the audience. In other words, they must get the “gist” of that key message across to the audience!
How do we create slides that support that?
There is a tendency for all presenters to want to put “commentary” on their slides. This is usually in the form of bullet points and this is part of the reasons we end up with too much text on a slide. Useful for verbatim memory, unnecessary for gist memory. So to create an effective slide, you need to take all the “commentary” off and just leave the key takeaway on the slide. The substance or general meaning can then be delivered by the speaker who is, after all, the most effective part of the presentation’s communication. In our next blog, we look at how to remove text.   Lee Featherby (@mrpresentations)
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Theresa May Speech from Hell

Well done Theresa May: How to maintain grace under fire!

Just had to blog this up and tell the world.

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You may not have heard about the UK's Prime Minister's speech from hell yesterday (the article is below but I will summarise). First an "in your face" heckler, then a serious bout of coughing then finally, the sign behind her falling apart. Throughout it all, she maintained her dignity and carried on.
If disaster hasn't befallen you during a presentation at some stage don't fret, it will.
Once, for me, my PC decided to reboot halfway through a senior presentation to a global insurance firm. When it does, take a leaf out of Theresa May's book. Don't panic and keep going. You will usually find your audience supportive of you in these situations. If you can not take it too seriously, you will also add to your support. You can read the article here -
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How to Create an Awesome Presentation – Why use a powerpoint presentation?

When you really need to get your message across, use a powerful powerpoint presentation

Everyone knows to deliver a strong message their presentation slides should be simple, clean and concise right?
Yet everyone that I have spoken to do exactly the opposite … WHY? Watch this short Powerful Points Presentation to learn more
How to create presentations: what is the point of having a presentation slide?
Ok, you should now have the content of your presentation, generally in the order you need it. The next challenge is to craft it so that it works as a presentation and this is a challenge for many people. This is an area where just about everybody struggles and we will be spending a few of these video blogs to help you with this. Everybody I have ever spoken to knows that their slides should be simple, clean and not have a lot of text, yet most have the usual cluttered slides…why?
Well the first problem is, they don’t really know what role slides play in a presentation, so let’s start with that.
Firstly, to dispel a major myth…the slides are NOT there for the speaker. Quite the contrary…if you are creating slides to remind you what to say you are heading for a disaster. Yes, slides are there to support the speaker but not by reminding them what to say. If the speaker is that ill prepared that they need the slides for that reason, your presentation is doomed from the start.
What are slides for then?
Its simple…they are there to deliver or support a key message and that is all. If you go through your previous presentations and look at each slide asking if each slide is doing that, I'm sure you will quickly find a lot of unnecessary slides. Your next job then, is to identify what are the key messages you need to deliver in your presentation. These should be based around the groups of questions you have previously developed. Look at those groups and try and identify what are the key points you need to communicate around those.
One guideline we use is by asking this question:
“What would I like the audience to talk about when I have left the room?”
Make a list of those key points, preferably noted as short, positively framed sentences, like “Product XYZ is the most appropriate solution to your challenges”. This is a key message, you will now need to evidence that with slides as well.   More on this topic in our next issue. Bye for now. Lee Featherby (@mrpresentations) PowerfulPoints 272 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest 2065 +61 2 8212 4573 Reach out to us at powerful points, lee featherby, presentation slideshow, create awesome presentation