5 Practices for Creating Presentations That Matter

A big part of my job these days it seems is creating and delivering presentations. I’m far from the greatest talent, but I’ve learned a few things along the way about what makes an effective presentation. I’ve also come to conclude that mastering this skill, or at least becoming just a little more effective, is the most valuable personal development project you can undertake for your career.


I wrote an extensive piece on five best practices for presentations over at COLOURLovers.
1) Start Analog – map out your presentation on paper first so you can see the entire map
2) Think About the Journey – You need to lead your audience in ways that help them come to your point of view
3) Tell Your Story – Great presentations are like great movies
4) Less is More – Lose the bullet points and focus on using your slides as partner instead of a crutch
5) The Presenter’s Mindset – You are not there to impress or even teach, you’re there to mentor

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Weekend Favs August Fourteen

My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week.

I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr.

Image credit: kikmoyoo

Good stuff I found this week:

COLOURLovers Videos – I’m doing a series of interviews with entrepreneurs doing fun and creative marketing. Know anyone that I should interview?

CloudApp – Very nice Mac App that allows you to share images, links, music, videos and files

55 Examples of Beautifully Integrated Social Media Links in Web Design – Some nice inspiration and integration. This has become pretty standard these days.

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