How can I polish my PowerPoint to make my presentation more compelling?
The 1mandments I teach new instructors n The 1 Commandments of Presentations 1. Identify and then tell the story When we give a presentation we are doing it to tell a story that has one or two goals. We are trying to i nform italic the audience about something we know that they don we are trying to persuade italic the audience to adopt a view that we have or abination of the two. We need to identify the beginning middle and end of the story that aplishes our goals and then use the presentation to tell the story. A presentation should not just be a data dump. If our goal is just to provide data then we would be better off cancelling the presentation and just sending out the data. The presenter is providing a perspective that the data cannot provide by itself. 2. Do not present too much information Dating back to Aristotle speakers have known that an audience will only walk away remembering a few ideas from a speech. Aristotle called this the Rule of Three. Pick three ideas you want to present and present those. Each of those might be broken into three parts to ex but don bother adding a fourth main point because they won remember it. For a modern example look at the Apple presentations given by Steve Jobs 3 they were always structured around the Rule of Three. 3. Do not add content unless it supports your main points The slide is a canvas used to paint your story. There should be nothing on the slide that is not working to tell the story. Extraneous details in templates graphs figures and tables should be removed. The process of absorbing and using information is called cognitive loading. Extraneous details use up cognitive load and make it harder for the audience to follow along and learn. 4. Do not use PowerPoint as a teleprompter Do not read your slides to the audience. Do not fill your slides with everything you need to say. Do not make the audience question what value you the speaker is adding to the presentation. The slides are for the audience not the speaker. If something is on a slide it is because it is needed to understand what the speaker is saying. 5. Use PowerPoint to clarify and amplify your message The purpose of projecting an image on the wall adjacent to the person speaking is to provide a visual representation of the topics being spoken of. The visuals are to augment not repeat the words of the speaker. Slides should convey graphically what words cannot. If the words are so straightforward that they need no clarification or amplification then don use slides. 6. Do not use PowerPoint for reasons it is not intended A slide is intended to augment a speaker 3 it is not intended to stand alone and serve as a document. PowerPoint slides should be viewed as ephemeral 3 only existing while the speaker is talking. A PowerPoint presentation is not supposed to be a permanent documentation of a topic. 7. Never give out copies of the presentation PowerPoint slides support the speaker 3 they are not supposed to stand alone. When we get in the habit of handing out copies of our presentation we get in the habit of designing our presentations to be handouts. If they be effective at standing alone they be less effective at supporting the speaker because they be crowded and repetitive. 8. Prepare a dedicated handout Rather than giving out a copy of the presentation prepare a dedicated handout that includes abination of the most important visuals from the presentation with the most important words from the speech. Written in full sentence narrative this handout would be able to stand alone and would still make sense to the audience three months after the presentation. For some presentations this handout might be a simple as a one page summary of the presentation. For other presentations it might be a full white paper that includes the supporting data that led to the arguments made in the presentation. 9. Involve the audience in the presentation Whether your goal is to inform or to persuade the goal will be more likely met if the audience has a participative role in the presentation. People don like to be talked to 3 they like to be talked with. Include questions for the audience. Solicit opinions and experiences from the audience. Turn the presentation into a ged discussion with visual support. 1. Ensure that the presentation is legible from anywhere in the room Do not use fonts or graphics that cannot befortably understood from the back of the room. Most experts rmend not using a font size smaller than 28 points. If you find yourself needing to go below 28 you have too much on each slide.
How can I make a PowerPoint presentation fun?
First forget about the PowerPoint presentation. Retrofitting what you want to say into a pre-existing format of slides and what they allow you to do impair your creative thinking. Set it aside. Assume you won use it. Grab a few markers and an easel or a nice big white board. Step back. What do you want your audience to leave with? It should be one thing maybe two. How would you want to ex it? It must be something important to you and you have to tell me why it would be relevant to me so it can be important to me too. If what you intend to say is not really important to you and you don truly care there is zero chance that anyone will be interested in what you have to say. Your audience is your mirror. You don care they don't care. Think about how you want to walk your audience through this one thing that matters to you so that they easily grasp it and connect with it. It cool that you care. Why would I care? Once all that is clear regard PowerPoint and its possibilities. How can you use it to make what you want to say easier to follow? In other words PowerPoint is not a tool for the speaker. It a tool for the listener. If you are using it to read or to remind you of what you want to say throw it out and start over. If your PowerPoint deck ispeting with you for attention 3 if I as the audience have to choose which one of you to look at 3 throw it out and start over. It there as a nice to have not to steal your show. Finally give it a quick glance. Is it more than 8 to 12 slides? Does each slide have a lot of words? Does it haveplicated graphs? Please don put anyone through that. You will lose your audience. Throw it out and start over. When you speak to an audience you arepeting with their busy brains. You arepeting with the fact that they are tired bored frustrated overwhelmed and really don want to see someone else presentation. They would much rather be outside. (Or maybe that just me.) You arepeting with their mobile devices which means you arepeting with their friends their family their kid. You can afford to not be fascinating. You can afford to not be inspiring. And no matter what you cannot keep their attention for very long.
Why is paste no longer working on Quora (May 21, 2020)?
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How did you become a good writer?
Same way you get to Carnegie Hall. Three steps to repeat read write and edit. Certainly being fluent in the language you have chosen to write in is key and that starts with reading a lot of good writing so you can recognize it if you see it in your own work. If you read Mencken and Thurber and C.S. Lewis and Asimov and Nabokov (careful about translations and careful about assumptions - Nabokov wrote Lolita in English) you will absorb vocabulary and pick up a style that is right for you. There's nothing magic in my short list; I only mean that the more truly great writing you read the better models you'll have. Then write. Write and write and write. I know that writing has made me a better writer in the past four years. I've written close to 1 answers and probably morements than that. I just find it much easier to write now than I did a short time ago. Sadly I can no longer stop writing even within a given answer and have said many times that I can pack 1 words worth of ideas into a concise 15 word entry. But it's embarrassing for me to be asked this question not because I think I'm a bad writer but because I haven't consistently (or even often) carried out step three edit. Rewrite. Take words out unless they are necessary. Use simple phrases where possible. Don't use the same word over and over again unintentionally. I think I write good first drafts on Quora. They made me a Top Writer. I think I'm a 9th percentile writer (though that's obviously as long as I get to pick the group I'm beingpared to whether that's all humans or all Quorans or all the people arguing on the internet etc. Quora has been kind enough to arrive five or six of my answers to be published on Forbes and Slate and Huff Post. I am given whatever time I have asked for to clean up the answer before it goes to one of those sites. And I make lots of changes. I think those answers got lifted into the 94th percentile. And that's good enough. (Note also that if you have a friend who can help or Simon and Shuster will pay someone to help having an editor is invaluable because they have fresh eyes. You can usually reject their edits if you like.) I wish I could write like some other Top Writers or even like Umberto Eco et al. But I wish I could play the piano like Elton John. I just didn't practice enough toe close and there is an outer limit based on natural ability of course.
How can I convert a PDF to Word?
There is no good way to use Microsoft Word to edit PDFs. Microsoft Word is used for authoring an original document not modifying a portable document. True Word can import some data from a PDF. That feature is useful when you are authoring a new document and wish to salvage data from a PDF to prevent time spent entering data. In that case it is best to import the PDF into a file by itself and strip it of formatting then copy and paste it into your pre-formatted document as Normal . Then you will proceed to make other formatting changes for headings section numbering etc. If you must edit a PDF directly your edits should be minor. Even in Adobe Acrobat DC Pro you are limited in how much editing you can do. Fix a misspelled word maybe replace a word here or there. If you try to rearrange a document or make edits that cause significant changes regarding allocated space you will not get what you expect. The way flows in a PDF is not always what you expect so shortening or lengthening paragraphs will give strange results oftentimes. PDF editors are not page layout programs. So if your edits are minor and you must edit the of an existing PDF get your hands on a PDF editor (not free). If you can get away with obscuring existing and s you just need good annotation capability. If you have a Mac you can use Preview to annotate or cut and paste graphics. The free Acrobat Reader allows some annotations too. You can use annotations to white-out a section of and put in new annotation to replace it. If you are careful it may not be that noticeable. You can white-out s to alter graphics. You can create a Frankenstein Monster of a document if you like using free PDF annotation software. But then youll ask yourself why you didn just make a whole new document in Microsoft Word something you could call your own.