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8 Easy ideas to make your presentation memorable | Mark Schaefer

8 Easy ideas to make your presentation memorable | Mark Schaefer | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Let’s take a step back and consider how people actually learn from a speech. A few years ago, a research team led by Stephen Kosslyn and composed of experts from three universities studied how presenters could improve their public speaking.


They discovered three steps that must occur to make your presentation memorable:

1. Information needs to be Acquired

2. Information needs to be Processed

3. Information needs to be Connected to Knowledge


If there is any disconnect with these steps your presentation will fall flat. Let’s look at each of these steps and come up with some ideas to help you connect with your audience in a lasting and memorable way....

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Mark Schaefer speaks up about better presentations.

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Eloquens's curator insight, April 19, 6:22 PM

8 quick tips to give your presentation an instant boost!

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30+ Presentation Tips and Tutorials for the Savvy Presenter

30+ Presentation Tips and Tutorials for the Savvy Presenter | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

We’ve been compiling a list of top presentation resources that will help you become a master presenter.

Check out the resources below nicely divided into categories of articles, infographics, Quora and videos. There’s something for every presenter!

Read (or listen or watch) on and let us know your #1 favorite in the comments below....

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Here's a useful resource for presentation tips, tactics and tutorials.

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20 Tools for Creating and Delivering Amazing Presentations

20 Tools for Creating and Delivering Amazing Presentations | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
If you're in business, you need to know how to create captivating presentations. Whether you're trying to convince your boss to support a new campaign, talking with a prospect to close a deal, or building a new piece of marketing collateral, you need to know how craft a presentation that won't put people to sleep.


The best (and easiest) way to do that? Use the right tools to create and deliver your presentation. 

If you're not sure which tools to use, look no further than this blog post. We’ve compiled our list of the top presentation tools for sales and marketing professionals. They’re listed below, in no particular order. 

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Lots of useful tools for better presentations.

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Top Alternatives to Prezi and PowerPoint - the ultimate list

Top Alternatives to Prezi and PowerPoint - the ultimate list | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

If you are tired of looking for great alternatives to Prezi – look no further, because I have the ultimate comprehensive list of PowerPoint alternatives right here.  No more boring presentations. With this list you can pick the perfect presentation tool or software for your presentation (be it on stage in-front of an audience or online for sharing).


We tested these 10 different alternatives to Prezi and PowerPoint and summarized what we thought about each one.


Via Baiba Svenca
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Several very useful PowerPoint and Prezi alternatives.

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Recep's curator insight, August 21, 2014 10:28 AM

this is truly amazing. 

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, September 7, 2014 8:36 AM

This is pretty much an ad for emaze, but it's good to know what is available commercially in terms of presentations.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 5, 12:59 AM

Interesting list. Worth checking out some of these tools to see if I like them better than Prezi :)

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What Great PowerPoint Slides Look Like | Mr. Media Training

What Great PowerPoint Slides Look Like | Mr. Media Training | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

In this slide show, you'll see several "before and after" PowerPoint slides that show you the worst -- and best -- practices for PowerPoint. Great advice from Brad Phillips and Garr Reynolds.

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Barbara Alevras, PMP's curator insight, January 20, 2014 12:01 PM

I find that PowerPoint can be the worst presentation tool ever, but that's because it's often misused. Here are some examples of ways to use PowerPoint effectively.

 

Ali Anani's curator insight, January 21, 2014 1:06 AM

Compare and learn

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Don't Talk About The Thing. Talk About What's Behind It. | Mr. Media Training

Don't Talk About The Thing. Talk About What's Behind It. | Mr. Media Training | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
In his brilliant pitch for Kodak's slide machine, Mad Men's Don Draper teaches you an important lesson about how to speak about your product, cause or idea.
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For anyone who's ever pitched a product or prospect, spoken to an audience, reached out to a group of employees, this powerful post reminds us that it's the story and not the features that carry the day. great post from media training expert Brad Phillips and a moving clip from a great TV show-Mad Men.

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5 Tragic Ways To Lose An Audience Despite Telling Great Stories

5 Tragic Ways To Lose An Audience Despite Telling Great Stories | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

There is plenty of advice out there on how to create a great presentation. Most of it centers on two pretty common pieces of advice:

Tell more stories.Use bigger fonts.

Neither is always easy to do, but the more events I attend – the more I realize a single fact that still manages to surprise me about why people do (or don’t) connect with you as a speaker.

 

Having a good story or great visuals is not enough.


Via Gregg Morris
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Great tips for speakers and presenters.

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Judith van Praag's comment, March 16, 2013 1:48 PM
Having witnessed two academic lecturers within two days, neither of whom could keep my attention, I'm once again convinced that a great story and no visuals is a no-no for today's audience. Academia looking down on storifying their material miss an opportunity. Looking down on New Media is downright "uneducated". This is a bit beside the point made above, the timing triggers this comment.
Judith van Praag's comment, March 16, 2013 1:49 PM
PS The link leads to incomplete post, perhaps the author took down the rest, or subscription is necessary?
Gregg Morris's comment, March 16, 2013 2:17 PM
Hi Judith, I just checked and the post is totally different than it was yesterday. Rohit must have modified it for one reason or another.
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Public Speaking for Introverts: 6 Essential Tips | Susan Duarte

Public Speaking for Introverts: 6 Essential Tips | Susan Duarte | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Susan Cain is the author of the New York Times bestselling book QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, which is being translated into 30 languages. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed more than 3 million times and was named by Bill Gates as one of his all-time favorite TED talks and by the New Yorker magazine as one of five key talks.


Susan is developing an online course on Public Speaking for Introverts (you can go here for more info). Here are six of her favorite tips....

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I particularly liked the Lady Gaga's a quote:  “When I wake up in the morning, I feel just like any other insecure 24-year old girl. Then I say, ‘Bitch, you’re Lady Gaga, you get up and walk the walk today.’”

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A Necessary Bond: Storytelling & Statistics | Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency

A Necessary Bond: Storytelling & Statistics | Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
A discussion of the necessary bond between storytelling and statistics, and how we can exploit the connection in our presentations.

 

[There are some very useful ideas for using storytelling to make facts and figures come alive ~ Jeff]


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Five Lessons for Presenting to the C-Suite | Sparksheet

Five Lessons for Presenting to the C-Suite | Sparksheet | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Sparksheet is all about big ideas, but sometimes we need someone to tell us how the smaller things are done. Presentation guru Nancy Duarte offers some tips for engaging senior executives.
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Idea Transplant: Creating cartoons with PowToon

Idea Transplant: Creating cartoons with PowToon | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

PowToon aims to enable you to create cartoon-style, animated presentation and video clips without professional illustration and motion graphics software. I test drove the beta version.

 

When you look at many cartoon-style videos you see that they are actually not that complicated from a graphics point of view. Usually they involve a number of scenes (slides), they use static characters, basic entrance, exit, and emphasize animations and sometimes a cute hand that puts items on the slide, all accompanied by some simple music....

 

[Cool tool worth a test drive - JD]

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Ditch Your Elevator Speech: How to Have a Fascination Conversation | Nancy Marmolejo

Ditch Your Elevator Speech: How to Have a Fascination Conversation | Nancy Marmolejo | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

We didn’t go into business to hate talking about our businesses. We went into business for freedom, flexibility, unlimited income potential, a way to impact the world around us while making money and achieving financial success. The classic “30 Second Elevator Speech” in my humble opinion, is everything but freedom. It’s a structure that nobody likes and everyone dreads....

 

[A fresh look at elevator pitches by Nancy Marmolejo - JD]

 

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10 Public Speaking Tips For Introverts | Psychology Today

10 Public Speaking Tips For Introverts | Psychology Today | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Introverts can seize the microphone -- and bring the house down. By Susan Cain...

 

[10 great speaking tips and How to thrive in a world that can't stop talking - JD ]

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7 solutions to make slick presentations

7 solutions to make slick presentations | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Speed and agility are traits that define our society today.We avoid reading extensive articles, watching long how-to videos on YouTube or checking websites that are hard to navigate as we usually look for quick and easy solutions. While a technological progress provides us with plenty of utilities, now finding the right one with user-friendly interface and relevant functions becomes a challenge.


Presenting information in a crisp and concise way is something that we need daily needs such utilities as well. So we took our time to find tools that are time-efficient and offer some class in presenting yourself and/or your project....

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Speaking and presentation tools you can really use. Recommended reading. 9/10

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, April 3, 8:39 PM

fun! If you're too busy or don't feel inspired, here are some easy tools to make your presentations look snazzy in no time.

Cottrell Center's curator insight, April 12, 5:54 PM

Seven fantastic resources to improve presentations.

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5 Best Prezi Alternatives

5 Best Prezi Alternatives | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
5 Best Prezi alternatives list from PowToon - the free animated presentation software for business. The best alternative to Powerpoint and Prezi alternative.

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Thanks to Baiba Svenka for this tip on presentation tools.

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Rose Marie DeSousa's curator insight, November 28, 2014 9:03 AM

Une stratégie de contenu marketing visuelle et animée bien dirigée permet d’attirer plus rapidement l’attention de l'internaute vers votre message.

Fabien LAMORT's curator insight, December 4, 2014 2:48 AM

Prezi alternatives... dont' put your eggs in one basket...

Gobbo Domitille's curator insight, January 19, 2:33 AM

Petit florilège de solutions pour vos présentations dynamiques.

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10 Pretty Awesome Things You Can do With PowerPoint

10 Pretty Awesome Things You Can do With PowerPoint | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Those who are experienced with some of these functions may find them a bit mundane, but I still remember how cool it was to find and use them for the first time. While many may be aware of some of these techniques, I think most readers will find something fun and new here.

Following are 10 pretty cool things you can do with the popular presentation tool. Some are really easy, others will take more time and effort to get familiar with. Just be sure not to go overboard with these – use them sparingly for emphasis and to keep it interesting, not to create a kaleidoscope of visual chaos....

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10 cool tips to make your PowerPoint presentations more powerful.

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Marco Favero's curator insight, September 19, 2014 9:49 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Multimedia History Presentations With Digital Artifacts

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Multimedia History Presentations With Digital Artifacts | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

...The National Archives Digital Vault poster and video creation tools allow students to drag and drop digital artifacts into a poster or video. The National Archives provides images, documents, and audio in an easy to use editor. When making a poster students can combine multiple images, change background colors, and create captions to make collages of digital artifacts. See the screen capture for a demonstration of poster editing....

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Really useful tool for presentations and blogging too.

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How I Hacked SlideShare to Optimize Twitter

How I Hacked SlideShare to Optimize Twitter | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Following my first couple of weeks at Salesforce’s Desk.com, I created a deck called “50 Customer Service Quotes You NEED to Hang In Your Office,” which currently has more than 205,000 views. Right off the bat I knew this was going to be a great deck and would receive a lot of attention — people love quotes and they love to tweet about them. However, I did not want users to be limited to only sharing the deck along with the title. I wanted viewers to actually tweet the quotes!


That is why I came up with a way for viewers to tweet an actual quote from an individual slide. Click here to see what I mean, and view the presentation below for step-by-step instructions on how to do this....

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This was a really smart approach to content marketing and integrating it into several social media channels.

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Patricia Robinson's curator insight, July 25, 2013 12:40 PM

Pretty coool.

Christel Binnie's curator insight, July 25, 2013 1:57 PM

Great cross-platform integration!

Jenifer Rettler's curator insight, July 25, 2013 4:39 PM

Learn how to embed links into your SlideShare slides which will allow people to easily tweet your content using "Clicktotweet".

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Emaze - create amazing presentations

Emaze - create amazing presentations | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Emaze vision – to change the way people create presentations through a simple, fully automated process that generate powerful and engaging showcases.


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On first look, this tool is definitely worth exploring.

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Two Pens's curator insight, June 10, 2013 1:13 PM

It's an early beta but looks promising for making more interesting presentations. Not at "swoopy" as Prezi (that's good).

diane gusa's curator insight, July 20, 2013 9:27 AM

"Variety is the spice of life"

Maria Zambonino Gordillo's curator insight, December 17, 2013 12:00 PM

gracias deseo innovaciones tecnologicas

 

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Convert Any Presentation Into a Talking Video in Your Preferred Language: SlideTalk.net

 

 


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Definitely qualifies as a "cool tool." Well worth experimenting and the digital voices are getting better and more realistic all the time.

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Javier Arana's curator insight, July 3, 2014 10:18 AM

Un manera de subir presentaciones, escribir texto y que una voz profesional de voz a texto grabe la presentación. La cuenta libre permite hasta 15 slides por presentación. Me parece, interesante. Lo comparto.

Minerva Bueno's curator insight, July 12, 2014 9:19 AM

añada su visión ...

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, July 13, 2014 9:54 AM

For more resources on Advanced Manufacturing and STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl


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11 Foolproof Ways to Ruin Your Presentation Slides

Avoid making a great presentation by following these 11 tips from MarketingProfs for bad presentation slides... or do the opposite and have rocking good ones.
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Very entertaining set of slides and presentation and speaking lessons.

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Public Speaking Body Language Part Five: Posture | Mr. Media Training

Public Speaking Body Language Part Five: Posture | Mr. Media Training | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Everything about your physical presence should convey the sense that you feel comfortable being in control of the room.

 

Your posture contributes mightily to that impression.
Stand upright and avoid slouching. Square your shoulders with the audience – face them directly instead of tilting your body at a slight angle away from them (unless you’re soliciting audience feedback, in which case turning your body at a slight angle can help encourage audience participation)....

 

[Speaking tips you can use from Brad Phillips - JD]

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Idea Transplant: Even CEOs cannot wing it

Idea Transplant: Even CEOs cannot wing it | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Everyone would agree that Steve Jobs was a pretty good presenter. But he is said to have practiced two to three full time days before a major product launch speech. Two to three full time days! I bet if you put in that effort before your next presentation, you would be pretty close.


Practice means real practice: standing up, going through the slides first to last without interruption or a quick skip back when you make a mistake, you cannot do this on stage either. Make a video of yourself if you can. Put your screen where your monitor laptop will be (so you do not have to look back at your screen to see what slide is on).

 

It may sound counter–intuitive, but you actually need to know your story inside out to be really spontaneous. There is no such thing as “winging it”. Your audience will notice, you will use “uh” and “oh” all the time, the key lines will not come out the way they should, you will repeat yourself all the time....

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Applying Storytelling Techniques to a Presentation Title | Lou Hoffman

Applying Storytelling Techniques to a Presentation Title | Lou Hoffman | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
The Art Of Storytelling In Business Communications And Public Relations...

 

It’s hard to beat the TED Conferences when it comes to oral storytelling.

 

It turns out the speakers – or the folks helping the speakers behind the scenes – craft the titles of their talks with the same quest for attention. Ten of my favorites...

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21 Questions To Ask Before Every Presentation | Mr. Media Training

21 Questions To Ask Before Every Presentation | Mr. Media Training | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Here are 21 questions you should ask yourself before every speech or presentation you ever deliver.

 

This post could easily have included 137 questions, but I’ve limited it to 21 questions you should ask before every speech or presentation....

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