Master Presenter Lessons from the World's Top Experts on Becoming a More Influential Speaker, The Best of PresentationXpert

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  • Copyright: 2013-07-01
  • Publisher: Pfeiffer & Co

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A reader-friendly collection of the best tips, tactics and lessons learned from the world's top presentation coaches on becoming a more influential, tech-savvy presenter. Eminently practical, the book offers advice crafted only for the real world, where time-starved businesspeople often have little time to design slides or rehearse presentations, have yet to discover many of the little used-but-valuable features of PowerPoint that can save time or enhance slide design and still adhere to "urban myths" of the presentations field. The book will also be among the first titles to offer offering practical advice on how to use mobile devices for greatest presentation impact, how to use design software other than PowerPoint; how to apply social media tools like Twitter to aid in delivering presentation messages; and how to use webconferencing not just to reduce travel costs, but to deliver more effective informational, training or motivational presentations across geographies. Part 1: Planning, Creating and Visualizing Presentations Chapter 1: The Presentation Blueprint: Groundwork for Success Chapter 2: Shaping Audience-Centric Messages: Achieving Balance and Flow Chapter 3: Perfect Practice: How to Maximize Your Rehearsal Time Chapter 4: Making Anxiety Your Ally Part II: Mastering Presentation Technology Chapter 5: Best Practices in Using PowerPoint, Keynote and Other Design Software Chapter 6: The iPad and Beyond: Using Mobile Devices to Present Chapter 7: Webconferencing, Webcasting and Podcasting Chapter 8: Using Video and Sound Part III: The Art of Moving Audiences to Action Chapter 9: How Influence Really Happens Chapter 10: Winning the Pitch: Delivering Memorable Sales Presentations Chapter 11: Even You, Mr. Ordinary Presenter, Can Become a Great Storyteller Chapter 12 : Tuning the Instruments: Using Your Voice, Hands and Body for Greater Impact Chapter 13: Disaster Recovery: What to Do When Things Go Wrong

Author Biography

David Zielinski is editor of PresentationXpert, (www.presentationxpert.com), the premier monthly e-newsletter dedicated to sharing the best, most relevant information about designing and delivering face-to-face and online presentations.

Table of Contents




Chapter 1: Creating the Presentation Blueprint

Presenting with Impact: How to Craft a Memorable Message, by Dianna Booher

Six Tips for Creating Powerful Presentation Scripts, by Tom Mucciolo

Use Unexpected Openers to Capture Audience Interest, by David Green

Shining a light on Urban Myths of Presenting, by Jim Endicott

Three Steps to Help Your Data Stand Out and Be Remembered, by Mike Parkinson

Seven Tips for Powerful Sit-Down Presentations, by Dianna Booher

Six Big Don’ts for Ending Your Presentation, by Ben Decker

Chapter 2: What’s in It for Them? Developing Audience-Centric Messages

How to Give a Presentation the “Steve Jobs Way,” by Carmine Gallo

Are Your Key Takeaways a Needle in a Haystack? by Jim Endicott

Change Focus from Your Data to Your Audience, by Dave Paradi

Use Menus to Create Audience-Centered Presentations, by Ellen Finkelstein

How to Use Analogies in Presentations, by Scott Schwertly

Leadership Communication Asks More of Us, by Jim Endicott

Good Audience Interactivity as Part of Your Style, by Dianna Booher

Calculating the Real Cost of Poor Presentations, by Dave Paradi

Chapter 3: Perfect Practice: Maximizing Your Rehearsal Time

Eight Guidelines for Perfect Presentation Practice (Marjorie Brody)

Seven Secrets to Psych Yourself Out of Pre-Presentation Jitters, by Dianna Booher

Mark Twain’s Fingernails . . . and Other Potent Memory Devices, by Jerry Weissman

Repetitions and Reputations, by Jim Endicott

Secrets to Practicing Your Presentation When You Have No Time, by Michelle Mazur

Chapter 4: Tapping PowerPoint’s Hidden Potential

Cultivating a Healthy Relationship with Your Slides, by Nancy Duarte

PowerPoint Slide Design for the Artistically Challenged, by Ellen Finkelstein

Take the “Three-Word Challenge” to Test Your Bullet-Point Strength, by Rick Altman

Avoid These Sins of Combining Colors in PowerPoint, by Robert Lane

The Lunacy of the Leave Behind, by Rick Altman

Honoring Online Copyright: One Picture Can Be Worth 1,000 Headaches, by John Billington

How to Create a Slide Master (or Two) in PowerPoint, by Ellen Finkelstein

The Most Valuable PowerPoint Feature You’re Not Using, by Rick Altman

Stand Out by Using Visual Alternatives to PowerPoint, by Angela DeFinis

Chapter 5: Graphics Design for the Non-Graphics Professional

Create Simpler, More Easily Understood Charts and Graphs, by Geetesh Bajay

Four Ways to Transform Disorganized Graphics into Influential Art, by Mike Parkinson

How to Insert SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint, by Geetesh Bajay

How to Use Excel More Effectively in PowerPoint, by Dave Paradi

Working with Graphics Created Outside of PowerPoint, by Dave Paradi

Presenting Financial Data: Put Your Numbers on a Diet, by Dave Paradi

Chapter 6: Mastering New Presentation Media: Webinars, Mobile Presenting, and Social Media

Presenting with Your iPad: First Questions First, by Geetesh Bajaj

Struggling with Web-Based Presentations? Try These Tips, by Dave Paradi

Is Twitter a Presenter’s Dream Come True . . . or a Nightmare? by Cliff Atkinson

Consider Alternatives to Using Video in Web Presentations, by Dave Paradi

How to Post Your Presentation as a Video to YouTube, by Ellen Finkelstein

Chapter 7: The Art of Persuasion: How Influence Really Happens During Presentations

Facts Just Aren’t What They Used to Be, by Jim Endicott

Presenting to Persuade, by Dianna Booher

Hallways of Influence: Mastering the Art of Impromptu Presentations, by Patricia Fripp

Audience Trust: It’s Yours to Lose, by Greg Owen-Boger

Chapter 8: Winning the Pitch: Delivering Effective Sales Presentations

The Twelve Biggest Mistakes Salespeople Make in Presentations, by Patricia Fripp

How to Customize Generic PowerPoint Slides for Sales Prospects, by Dave Paradi

Six Ways to Boost Results from Team Sales Presentations, by Steve Mandel

Getting Proposal Graphics Right the First Time, by Mike Parkinson

Seven Simple Steps to Beat the “Demo Demons,” by Jerry Weissman

We Are Programmed to Forget . . . and How It Impacts Sales Demos, by Peter Cohan

Chapter 9: The Power of Story: Honing Your Storytelling Skills

The First Five Slides: Unlocking the Story Buried in Your Presentation, by Cliff Atkinson

Why Some Stories Work and Others Fall Flat, by Doug Stevenson

Presentation Tales: It’s About the Story, Not the Storyteller, by Jim Endicott

Chapter 10: Tuning the Speaking Instruments: Body Language, Vocal Techniques, and Eye Contact

Ah, Um, Er . . . How to Eliminate Your Speaking Tics, by Lisa B. Marshall

Three Lessons You Can Learn from Your TV Weatherman, by Jim Endicott

The Power of One-on-One Eye Contact, by T.J. Walker

Use These Vocal Techniques to Set Yourself Apart, by Tom Mucciolo and Leila Jahangiri

Chapter 11: Disaster Recovery: Managing Challenging Presentation Situations

What to Do When You’re Losing Your Audience, by Olivia Mitchell

How to Recover When You Lose Your Train of Thought, by Jeremey Donovan

Ten Dynamics in Dealing with Disruptive Audience Members, by Dianna Booher

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