Andreas von der Heydt, contributed a terrific article on LinkedIn, entitled “12 Minutes To Create a Mind-Changing Presentation“ in which he shares some wisdom from the experts on how to draft great presentations and become a more effective and convincing presenter–a skill that will serve anyone well, whatever their position or profession.
His sources of inspiration are communication expert Garr Reynolds and communication expert Nancy Duarte. In Garr Reynolds’ book Presentation Zen, he lays out solid design principles based on Zen-like simplicity.
Some of Mr. Reynolds’ main points::
Use multimedia wisely.
Include short stories to explain your main points.
Respect your audience.
Limit your ideas to one main idea per slide.
Move away from the podium.
Take it slowly.
Keep the lights on.
(See Mr. von der Heydt’s article for more in-depth commentary.)
Nancy Duarte is the author of two highly-recommended books on effective presentations: Slide:ology and Resonate. She takes an intuitive, no-nonsense approach, of which you can get a feel by watching the short video below.
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- Harvard Business: Five Presentation Mistakes Everyone Makes (blogs.hbr.org)
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