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11 Jul 11 Tips for Effective Corporate Presentation

A good corporate presentation before the board members or a panel of good judges is what we all love to watch, experience and give. But how many of us know what it takes to deliver a perfect corporate presentation before the audience. Here is a list of factors that make a good presentation.

Eye contact with the audience

What’s most important in a formal presentation is making eye contact with the audience. Look into the eyes of your audience, sitting in front of you. Don’t make eye contact with a specific person, but with your entire audience. Otherwise you are not engaging your audience, you are just giving presentation and talking to your own self. If your eyes are wandering here and there, or gazing at the PowerPoint slides or looking down you are actually responsible for the lack of attention of your audience. They may get bored and look for some other subjects of interest. Make enough of eye contact, but don’t keep staring at someone for long it may look flirtatious or intruding into privacy.

Let your personality speak

Your personality has an aura, let it radiate when you are presenting. Be yourself, let your true self impress all. Don’t think much about the audience in front of you, just shoot your best. Whether the audience is corporate members or critics, show your character, charm, right voice pitch, pronunciation, command over the subject, confidence and knowledge. Don’t present like a robot, add spice to the presentation. You may make some movements, but it should be natural.

Too much of text

Too much of text can be fatal for your presentation. Always remember people are not interested in reading long paragraphs, they are interested in listening to you instead. So keep your text input bare minimum, don’t let it destroy nice visuals or the layout. You may use text in form of short sentences, bullets, flowcharts, and as headers.

Don’t preach, interact

No one likes to be preached, taught, so talk to your audience, interact with them in the language they know. Keep the presentation formal yet conversational. It will also keep them interested and attentive. You may ask questions, ask for suggestions and tips, let them ask questions.

Keep it light and amusing

Despite the fact that it’s a formal presentation keep it simple, light hearted and interesting. It’s always good when people laugh with you. It will not only keep the audience engaged and alert, but they will look forward to hear more from you; because they may learn from you and not get educated and taught.

Keep these simple things in mind and your presentation may take you to places.

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23 May 11 Tips for Making a Good Video Tutorial

Making a video tutorial and posting them on various video archive websites and social media networks is quite common these days. However, very few can create exceptionally good video tutorials meeting actual purpose of learning. Few basic tips can help you procure great video tutorials. Here are some simple tips for you.

High quality picture

What is very important for a video tutorial is its picture quality. Make sure picture resolution is high, with maximum clarity. Good finishing at the editing table is important too.

Subtitles, thought bubbles, supers

A video tutorial is never complete unless it has texts in forms of subtitles, texts in between scenes, thoughts bubbles, supers (text on screen) supporting the audio-visual input. People may think even a voice over (VO) can do the job, but it’s more effective and memorable when people read the same on screen. These supporting texts can do wonders.

Add some value to it

Don’t make just another video tutorial of no much substance in it. Make a video tutorial if you have enough knowledge of the subject, know it in-depth and have done enough research on the same before making the video tutorial. If you do not add something new to your video, no one will be interested in it.

Script has to be strong

No video tutorial comes out well, unless it has been developed on rock solid script. Don’t start a video tutorial without any script in front of you. It is the first step towards video making. Just special effects can’t do a magic to your video tutorial with no strong script in it.

Checklist at the end

Don’t forget a video tutorial remains incomplete unless it has a checklist at the end, summarizing the content communicated in the video. Checklist helps the audience to complie the entire content, to recall and memorize the main points and feel enriched.

Don’t make it dramatic

Always remember video tutorials are not films, or daily soaps. They don’t need acting skill or screen presence. Don’t develop a dramatic script, with twisted dialogues and pretentious moves. Keep it simple, straight on face, clear and substantial. At the same time, it shouldn’t be boring. Maintain the pace, neither fast nor too slow. Keep it conversational, interesting. Remember, it’s not entertainment, it’s information transmitted through interesting video with aids like live examples, demonstrations. Don’t forget its objective behind.

So what are you waiting for? Start with your video tutorial. Just follow these simple tips while making your video tutorial.

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06 Mar 11 Mistakes to be Avoided while making and Delivering a PowerPoint Presentation

PowerPoint aided presentation is an integral part of formal presentation before the audience. It not only enhances depth of the presentation but also brings many more things on table like – easy to understand flowcharts and graphics, constant textual reminder, short and easy to comprehend points, sum up checklists towards end, a compact understanding of the entire topic. But while preparing and delivering a PowerPoint presentation speaker often loses focus and commits several notable mistakes. Don’t repeat these mistakes.

Too much of text

We are often tempted to overstuff our PowerPoint slides with too much of text and long paragraphs. Don’t forget presentation is all about putting points on slides and narrating or elaborating them in detail verbally. Don’t suffocate your presentation with too much of text. No one is interested in reading long texts. So write in bullets or points. Elaborate those verbally. Make sure you leave blank space in your slides.

Too much of animation

Many presenters love to show off their technical skills by animating each line or graphic of the slides. Remember, simplicity always sells. Don’t let the whoosh sound of your presentation distract the audience. It’s highly annoying when repeated. Keep slides simple, minimalistic, and elegant. Don’t animate each and every text or header or graphic element in it. Too much of rotation, blinking, floating, swinging of elements worsen a good content. Don’t use those animated sounds which are highly disturbing.

Baseless data

Presenters often put factual data, without mentioning the source. It’s a strict ‘no no’. Never put facts and figures, graphs without mentioning its source. No data seems authentic and valid without the source mentioned. People may doubt credibility of your presentation.

Reading out from the slides

Often presenters are seen doing nothing, but simply reading out whatever is there on the PowerPoint slide. It not only bores the audience, but also doesn’t add any value to the entire presentation session. You can add substantial value to a presentation only when you give your valuable inputs besides reading out from the slides alone. It also shows presenter’s lack of confidence, public speaking fear and lack of knowledge.

Make sure you avoid these mistakes.

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