Practically Perfect Presentations or How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint

Yep, it’s day 7 from the best of ABA TECHSHOW.  Today we tackle presentation faux pas, starting with:

10 Essential Tips for Improving Your Presentations

  1. Figure out where your strengths are – don’t use tech if you’re not comfortable using it – tech can hinder your message – via @psuba98
  2. “@rajuip: “The thought behind PowerPoint is to make a point, not a distraction.” @pauljunger – via @MEKowalski
  3. You can increase info retention 10-20% if you repeat and repeat your points in slides/presentation – 45% increase if msg simple – via @psuba98
  4. Clarify and simplify your message in your presentation – distill it to your message – you are the filter – @rajuip – via @psuba98
  5. If your presentation is a story it should have a beginning, middle and an end…so maybe we all need screenwriters now b4 trial – via @psuba98
  6. De-Bullet your presentations by using images and using your voice – @pauljunger – via @rajuip
  7. Keep your slides simple – for no scientific reason, @rajuip says use 7 words per slide (hey, it might work) – via @psuba98
  8. If you’re reading your slides, you’re doing it wrong. People need to have the relationship with you, have them trust you – via @psuba98
  9. RT @rajuip: Orienting responses (moving, voice pitch changes, ppt slides) increase information retention. @pauljunger – via @scrappydoo6
  10. Use (cool) fonts, you can download them and add them to your presentation @rajuip uses Font Squirrel – via @psuba98

PowerPoint Isn’t the Only Game in Town

RT @psuba98: HaikuDeck, Prezi, SlideRocket, there are lots of presentation tools out there (besides @rajuip) – via @IntermixLegal

We’d love to see more lawyers embracing Haiku Deck’s high-impact messages and visuals! For iPad & web – via @HaikuDeck

Zooming feature in @prezi adds emphasis & scale. #prezi – via @ lucasboling: @bdwassom

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