Designing a presentation that’s effective and visually appealing is extremely important. Using outdated templates, themes and even fonts can impact the effect your presentation has on your audience. Here at GoPrezo, we recognize this and offer to build your presentations in either PowerPoint or Google Slides, depending on whichever you prefer.
We’ve been asked on numerous occasions which platform is our favorite, and honestly, we like them both. We’ve highlighted some of the key benefits of each program below: Continue reading “Google Slides VS. PowerPoint”
Growing up, there were three words we lived by: “practice makes perfect”. Whether it had to do with properly throwing a baseball, learning to do algebra, or even as simple as tying our shoes, those three words came into play more often than not.
As we’ve gotten older, it seems that most of us have outgrown that motto for numerous reasons. We’re too busy and simply don’t have time, we have no reason to practice because we’re already a subject matter expert on our topic, and well, who needs to practice when we have the World Wide Web sitting in our pockets?
All valid reasons, but they can’t be applied in all situations. Sometimes, we need to revert back to our childhood days and remind ourselves that “practice really does make perfect”, especially when it comes down to nailing your next presentation.
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The debate… to Q&A, or to not Q&A? Let’s be honest, if everyone in your audience felt like they were an expert on your presentation topic, would they really be listening to you in the first place? Most likely not. Your audience is there for one reason, and one reason only: to learn, absorb and become knowledgeable about your topic.
Your audience has devoted time out of their busy schedules to listen to what you have to say. Therefore, allowing your audience to ask you questions, dig deeper, and feel listened to, will only help both parties be successful in the long run.
If you disagree and are rooting for team “NO Q&A”, read a few reasons why we believe you should always set aside time for your audience to ask questions: Continue reading “Presentations 101: The Importance of a Q&A”
The images you choose to use in your presentation will make or break it. That sounds drastic but trust us, the pictures up on the screen are going to either hold your audiences attention or make them pull out their phones and tune you out. In the last 5 years, we have seen a massive transition from text-heavy slides to image-rich slides. So the images you use hold even more weight than they did before. Follow these three guidelines when choosing the images for your next presentation:
Use High-Quality, Compelling Images
Not all images are created equally. You are better off not using any images instead of using low-quality, blurry, or just straight up boring photos. What do we mean by boring? We mean those cheesy stock photos with the white background. There are tons of great stock photography sites now! Our favorite places to find images are Pix + Post, Unsplash, and Pexels. Continue reading “Presentations 101: The Importance Of Images”
I’m a PowerPoint lover. I admit it. I’m not ashamed of it. I cut my teeth on PowerPoint when it first came out because I worked for an SVP of Marketing who LOVED IT. So, HE decided I was going to become an expert at developing presentations that made him look great. Though I could develop presentations that would showcase the story he was trying to tell in a way that made it visually impactful and appealing, what I couldn’t do is make him a good presenter. He did that all by himself. I’m here to tell you… he was outstanding (not that I would ever tell him that). By watching him, I learned how someone can tell a story with slides behind them in complete synchronicity while causing the audience (myself included… and I’m the one who designed it in the first place) to remain riveted, attentive, interested, and invested.
Here’s just one example: While giving a presentation on marketing warfare, he put a General Patton military cap on and literally paced the stage in the same fashion George C. Scott did in the movie Patton. Using a pointer stick to point to the screen for key strategic points in various slides and talking in calm tones that crescendoed to yelling, he then motioned me at the perfect time (right when the Patton-like speech was getting old) to start handing out books to every single attendee. And then he closed with a quote from Yoda. Yes… Yoda, from Star Wars.
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As much as we all try to “not judge a book by its cover”, and focus on the fact that “it’s whats on the inside that matters, not the outside”… When it comes down to the visual component of your presentation – it ABSOLUTELY does matter.
There are a few things that are stressed when designing an effective and appealing presentation, one being the most obvious, your visuals. Incorporating rich images and graphics are definitely crucial, but what about the words that are on each slide? They are the most important component of your entire presentation. Without your words, your PowerPoint is well… Pointless.
So what should you pay attention to when working with fonts? Follow these three tips when creating your next presentation: Continue reading “Presentations 101: The Importance of Fonts”
So you’ve watched some TED Talks and you’ve decided you want to start a speaking career! You’ve got this! But before you jump in head first, make sure that you have these 3 key things in place:
1. Find Your Niche
This one is pretty straightforward – find a topic to speak about. Chances are if you are seriously considering a speaking career, you’ve already got this one nailed down. But if you don’t, sit down and strategize. Ask yourself these questions:
- Am I an expert on this topic? If not, how can I become one?
- Am I passionate about this topic?
- Who is my audience?
- Does my audience care about this topic? How do I connect with them?
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