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When you step up to speak, you hope what you have to say makes an impact on your audience, right?
That goal can sometimes lure you into giving a presentation that has the opposite effect: leaving listeners shell-shocked, overwhelmed, and unable to recall anything you said. That happens when you ask them to “drink from the fire hose,” and drown your audience with too much information.[…] Continue Reading »
The reality is, the PowerPoint slide deck has become synonymous with a presentation to the point where the length of a talk is commonly measured by the number of slides. This thinking can lead us to make the mistake of putting the cart before the horse, or in this case, the slide deck before the message.[…] Continue Reading »
This post is adapted from “The Big Fish Experience” (January 2016, McGraw-Hill Education), which details the Big Fish Presentations creative process. Kenny Nguyen, one of the book co-authors, is the founder and CEO of Big Fish Presentations, a company whose mantra is “turning presentations into experiences.” He and his team work daily with clients nationwide, from startups to Fortune 100 companies, providing high-quality presentation design, presentation training, and creative video production. Follow him on Twitter at @bigfishkenny.[…] Continue Reading »
When thinking of ways to blow your audience away, make sure you can actually execute your ideas. Practice everything in real-time to ensure success on presentation day.
If you’re looking for inspiration, watch presentations given by the pros. One great example is TED. Organizations such as TED focus on making their conferences an emotional and memorable learning experience for their audience.[…] Continue Reading »
In the first part of our series on vocal delivery, we introduced the basic components of vocal expression (power, pace, pitch and pause) and provided some expert advice for improving each.
This week, we’ll share some vocal exercises that will get your voice into shape for your next presentation. And you’ll also learn some surprisingly easy strategies to make your voice sound more confident and compelling.[…] Continue Reading »