This ebook series uses condensed and curated content from the author’s acclaimed title Awful Presentations: Why We Have Them and How to Put Them Right; content that has been redeveloped into short, focused, and practical 15-minute reads.
The complete series is comprised of:
The biggest problem people have, when giving with presentations, is nerves. For many, they can be crippling. But our understanding of this issue is all wrong. Nerves on the day actually make you better, not worse. You simply need to recognise them and roll with them. There is another type of fear, however – which can be termed ‘caution’ – that ruins the content of most presentations before the speaker even stands up to talk.
Designed as a 15-minute focused and practical read, this ebook will help you to calm your nerves and use them to your advantage, while also understanding ‘caution’ and preventing it from ruining your presentation content. It will look at:
We have all experienced ‘Death by PowerPoint’ where presenters fill slide after slide with bullet points and then read them out, word for word. This is not just bad for the audience but it is also bad for the presenter who ends up gawping at his or her own slides to remember what was written there. Why do people do this – again and again – and what should you do instead?
In this 15-minute focused and practical read, we shall examine how the basics of how images work in a presentation and give you simple guidelines on how to construct effective visual aids. It will look at:
Many presenters think that their content is boring and look for ways to spice it up. This is totally wrong-headed. In truth, no topic is boring if you centre your presentation not on what you know, but on what the audience needs.
In this 15-minute focused and practical read, learn how to properly orient your presentation so you are communicating not facts, but insights. It will show you how to ‘advise’ your audience – not just throw information at them – and in that way become a compelling communicator. It will look at:
The ability to interact with the audience is a presentation’s greatest strength over other forms of communication, and yet it is a feature that many presenters shun. In a breathless effort to ‘cover’ their material, they shut the audience out. Interaction not only allows the audience to ask important questions, it creates an inclusive atmosphere where people – even if they don’t interact – are more enthused and involved.
This 15-minute read will describe the many different levels of interaction you can introduce into your talks depending on the audience and your natural presentation style. It will look at:
Despite the fact that most people don’t like giving presentations, the majority of them run over time. Presenters always seem to have too much to say and find it impossible to cram years of knowledge into minutes of presentation. However, we don’t have this problem in conversations where we slide in and out of different levels of complexity effortlessly.
This focused ebook will explain how a presentation fits into a broader chain of communication, enabling you to decide what should go into the presentation and, crucially, what should be left out. It will look at:
This series has been developed from Awful Presentations: Why We Have Them and How to Put Them Right