Pitching a Concept or Idea
How to Pitch an Idea (Scott Berkin)
Presentation Best Practices
If you read nothing else on this topic, read these two articles (one of them is a slideshow):
But, you really should read all of these articles, then go search YouTube for presentations delivered by these experts…
From Presentation Zen (Garr Reynolds)
Other key blog posts and resources from Garr Reynolds
Key Insights & Practices from Garr Reynolds
- Multimedia Effect – Narration with pictures (visuals) is better than narration alone.
- Modality Principle – People learn better when words are presented as narration rather than text.
- Redundancy Principle – People learn better from narration & graphics rather than narration, graphics, & text.
- Coherence Principle – People learn better when the extraneous visual material is excluded.
Tips for Better PowerPoint Presentations
- Presentations must be both verbal & visual.
- Too much slide information overloads people’s cognitive systems.
- Can your visuals be understood in 3 seconds? If not, redesign them.
- Slide design & delivery must help people organize, integrate information.
Organization & Preparation Tips
- Start with the end in mind.
- Plan in “analog mode.”
- Good presentations include stories.
- Reduce text on your slides to an absolute minimum.
- Do not read the text word-for-word from the slide.
- Written documents are for the expanded details.
From Seth Godin
Blog posts on creating presentations:
Key Insights & Practices from Seth Godin:
Four Components to a Great Presentation:
1. Make yourself cue cards. Don’t put them on the screen.
2. Make slides that reinforce your words, not repeat them.
3. Create a written document. A leave-behind.
4. Create a feedback cycle.
Five Rules to Make Amazing Presentations
1. No more than six words on a slide. EVER.
2. No cheesy images. Use professional stock photo images.
3. No dissolves, spins or other transitions.
4. Sound effects can be used a few times per presentation, but never use the sound effects that are built into the program.
5. Don’t hand out print-outs of your slides. They don’t work without you there.
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