Innovative Presentations For Dummies book cover

Innovative Presentations For Dummies

Authors:
Ray Anthony ,
Barbara Boyd
Published: June 16, 2014

Overview

Be the speaker they follow with breakthrough innovative presentations

Innovative Presentations For Dummies is a practical guide to engaging your audience with superior, creative, and ultra-compelling presentations. Using clear language and a concise style, this book goes way beyond PowerPoint to enable you to reimagine, reinvent, and remake your presentations. Learn how to stimulate, capture, and hold your audience in the palm of your hand with sound, sight, and touch, and get up to speed on the latest presentation design methods that make you a speaker who gets audiences committed and acting upon your requests. This resource delves into desktop publishing skills, online presentations, analyzing your audience, and delivers fresh, new tips, tricks, and techniques that help you present with confidence and raw power.

Focused and innovative presentations are an essential part of doing business, and most importantly, getting business. Competition, technology, and the ever-tightening economy have made out-presenting your competitors more important than ever. Globally, an estimated 350 PowerPoint presentations are given every second. When it's your turn, you need to go high above and far beyond to stand out from the pack, and Innovative Presentations For Dummies provides a winning game plan. The book includes extensive advice on the visual aspect of presentations and, more importantly, it teaches you how to analyze your audience and speak directly to them. A personalized approach combined with stunning visuals and full sensory engagement makes for a winning presentation.

  • Learn how to be an innovative, not just "effective" presenter in any situation
  • Understand how to read and cater to specific audiences
  • Create captivating visual materials using technology and props
  • Creative customize presentations to best communicate with audiences

More and more employees are being called upon to make presentations, with or without prior training. With step-by-step instruction, vivid examples and ideas and a 360-degree approach to presentations, Innovative Presentations For Dummies will help to drastically improve your presentation outcomes as never before.

Be the speaker they follow with breakthrough innovative presentations

Innovative Presentations For Dummies is a practical guide to engaging your audience with superior, creative, and ultra-compelling presentations. Using clear language and a concise style, this book goes way beyond PowerPoint to enable you to reimagine, reinvent, and remake your presentations. Learn how to stimulate, capture, and hold your audience in the palm of your hand with sound, sight, and touch, and get up to speed on the latest presentation design methods that make you a speaker who gets audiences committed and acting upon your requests. This resource delves into desktop publishing skills, online presentations, analyzing your audience, and delivers fresh, new tips, tricks, and techniques that help you present with confidence and raw power.

Focused and innovative presentations are an essential part of doing business, and most importantly, getting business. Competition, technology, and the ever-tightening economy have made out-presenting your competitors more important than ever. Globally, an estimated 350 PowerPoint

presentations are given every second. When it's your turn, you need to go high above and far beyond to stand out from the pack, and Innovative Presentations For Dummies provides a winning game plan. The book includes extensive advice on the visual aspect of presentations and, more importantly, it teaches you how to analyze your audience and speak directly to them. A personalized approach combined with stunning visuals and full sensory engagement makes for a winning presentation.

  • Learn how to be an innovative, not just "effective" presenter in any situation
  • Understand how to read and cater to specific audiences
  • Create captivating visual materials using technology and props
  • Creative customize presentations to best communicate with audiences

More and more employees are being called upon to make presentations, with or without prior training. With step-by-step instruction, vivid examples and ideas and a 360-degree approach to presentations, Innovative Presentations For Dummies will help to drastically improve your presentation outcomes as never before.

Innovative Presentations For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Sooner or later in your professional life, you’ll have to give a really important presentation. By focusing on several distinct and unique aspects of creating a presentation (topic selection, audience analysis, visual design, and delivery technology and techniques), you can develop the skills to give innovative, stimulating presentations with consistently positive results.

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Innovative Presentations Model and Process

At some point, everyone has had to sit through boring, pedestrian presentations. You can't expect to have a meaningful impact on your audience if you subject them to a run-of-the-mill presentation. So how do you go about reimagining, reinventing, and remaking your presentations? The following figure outlines the four basic steps.

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Presentation Evaluation Sheet

Whether presenting as part of a team or alone, asking someone to evaluate your performance during rehearsal can help hone your presentation and skills. Ask a trusted colleague or mentor to watch your presentation — ideally someone who is similar to a typical audience member or can put himself in the audience’s state of mind.

After your presentation, the evaluator can either complete this form or give you verbal feedback on the aspects of the presentation. Some of the questions relate to the content, so you can determine if you delivered your desired message, while others are about your specific performance.

  • What was the title of my presentation?

  • What three main points did I make?

  • What is the call to action I want the audience to take?

  • What parts of the presentation were confusing?

  • Did I use any jargon or words that you didn’t know or understand?

  • Which parts of the presentation are too simplistic or contain information that the audience already knows?

  • Were my visuals interesting or boring, helpful or distracting?

  • How did you feel during and after the presentation?

  • Objectively describe me — during the presentation — in two or three words, such as professional, nervous, knowledgeable, warm, confident, cold, unorganized, pushy.

  • Did I do any of the following:

    • Talk too fast

    • Talk too slow or in a monotone voice

    • Pace or shift my weight nervously

    • Display a nervous tic, such as grimacing or playing with an object

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10 Apps to Enhance Your Presentations

When putting together a presentation, there are a bazillion apps that can help you create cool content. The ten apps we list here let you sketch, make graphs, edit photos and video, and add special effects. For the most part, you create the content and then either save it as a PDF or import it directly into your presentation app (PowerPoint, Keynote, or whatever you use).

  • Sketchbook Pro 6: Windows or Mac, free trial, $59.99

    This well-known best-selling sketch app offers full drawing and painting capabilities and compatibility with Wacom tablets so that you can create visuals with a handheld stylus.

  • FX Photo Studio: Mac, , $9.99, pro version $19.99

    Apply filters and special effects to your photos to create the mood and impact you want.

  • Photo Editor: Windows or Mac, Free

    Apply filters and frames and touch up your photos with this app.

  • Meme Generator: Windows, Free

    Use this quirky app to generate memes with your own photos or choose one from the in-app gallery. Memes can be a fun, and memorable, way to open or close your presentation.

  • Art Text Lite: Windows or Mac, Free, full version $9.99

    Add special effects to your text to create logos or eye-catching, outstanding words. Drawing tools let you create and add your own shapes, too.

  • Omnigraffle: Mac, $99

    The ultimate tool for creating diagrams, charts, and shape-based graphics.

  • TeraPlot LT: Windows, Free

    Create two- and three-dimension plotted graphs based on data or mathematical expressions.

  • ArcSoft ShowBiz: Windows, Free

    Turn your video into an edited movie with special effects, transitions, and audio.

  • CuteCut Pro: Mac, $29.99

    The simple drag-and-drop interface makes editing and producing movies easy for the non-professional. Add special effects and draw directly on your movie.

  • Doodleinator: Windows, Free with ads, $1.49 ad-free

    Turn your sketches and doodles into an electronic animated flipbook.