These days I’ve been immersed in a project with a client, helping them to change their boring PowerPoint deck into a compelling presentation. In this 14-minute podcast, with a little help from some experts, I share some tips for making your next presentation memorable.

Please listen and let me know what you think! You can  download the show right here or subscribe through iTunes.

Here are the show notes:

Comment line: 206-338-4200

00:01 Intro and welcome
01:00 Is your PowerPoint presentation getting your message across?
02:10 Example of a current project, where the "deck" does not appear to be the best way to communicate
02:40 Typical problems include too much small type on too many slides; ugly visuals; details that should probably be put into collateral material; confusing diagrams
03:05 What if your presentation bores people or doesn’t differentiate you?
04:30 Always ask: "Do we really NEED a PowerPoint presentation deck?"
05:00 Think about the best presenters you’ve seen lately. Here’s my list: Mitch Joel, Shel Holtz, Tod Maffin, Darren Barefoot
[05:30] The best presenters tell a story
[06:10] Common pitfall of using PowerPoint slides as a crutch
[06:50] If the whole presentation is not on the slides, the presenter has to rehearse more and work a little harder
[07:14] The Apple product, Keynote ’08, is a beautiful tool for creating presentations

Some resources for you
07:30 Presentation Zen is a blog that offers many useful tips, advice and examples, such as: keep it simple, surprise people; use natural speech and concrete examples; give meaning to statistics; make people feel something.
09:15 Also check out Great Presentations Mean Business blog
09:27 Beyond Bullets by Cliff Atkinson

09:43 Recap: ditch the small type; get rid of bullet points wherever possible; think BENEFITS; tell a story; don’t use your slides as a crutch; try interesting visuals
10:10 Where to send comments: email to Donna AT trafcom DOT com, call the comment line at 206-338-4200 or post a message to the Trafcom News Podcast blog
10:30 Promo from Gary Schlee for Talk is Cheap, November 15, Centennial College, Toronto
11:55 If you like this podcast, please subscribe through iTunes; tell your friends
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12:40 Comment from Andrea Vascellari  
Theme music is "Beneath Your Surface" by the Elisabeth Lohninger Quartet from the Podsafe Music Network


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