Fading into Sameness: How Too Many Slides Can Ruin Your Presentation

Written by Debbie Bailey

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Generally, here's what happens when you overuse slides.

1. Your slides lose their ability to make an impact- Essentially, slides becomerepparttar white noise inrepparttar 107988 presentation, so constant that they are no longer noticeable.

2. The audience focuses on your slides, rather than on you. If 55% of your communication power comes from your body and face (based onrepparttar 107989 universally accepted research by Albert Mehrabian), than NOT havingrepparttar 107990 audience focused on you diminishes about half of your POWER as a presenter. Can you really afford to cut your power in half?

3. You are demoted torepparttar 107991 position of slide narrator. The slides take center stage and likerepparttar 107992 narrator of a play, you arerepparttar 107993 anonymous voice inrepparttar 107994 background.

Just like too many slides can detract from your success as a presenter, having a few well designed slides can strengthen your impact. Consider these quick tips designed to help improve your use of slides:

1. Develop your presentation first, then determine where a visual might helprepparttar 107995 audience better understand your message. This is a much better approach than developing your slides first.

2. Try to boil your presentation down torepparttar 107996 six most important slides that speak torepparttar 107997 heart of your message. Make sure that each slide you chose complies withrepparttar 107998 6 x 6 rule-no more than six lines of text with six words on each line.

3.Better yet, makerepparttar 107999 impact of your slides visual, rather than verbal (words written on slides). The best slides arouserepparttar 108000 audience visually so take a creative approach to translating words into meaningful pictures.

In retrospect, it's not so much that I am anti slides-I am pro YOU! While slides do serve an important function, evenrepparttar 108001 best designed slide can't compete withrepparttar 108002 power of YOU. YOU arerepparttar 108003 greatest visual aid of all. Takerepparttar 108004 focus OFFrepparttar 108005 slides and put it back where it belongs-squarely on YOU! Investrepparttar 108006 time you used to spend on your slides on your delivery practice and you will STAND APART fromrepparttar 108007 rest!

Debbie is author of the book "15 Presentation Secrets - How to WOW Even the Toughest Audience." She is well known for her presentation skills classes and in addition to training Corporate America, has also taught Presentation Skills for United States Marines, San Diego State University, and UCLA Extension

Debbie possesses a Masters Degree in Professional Communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication.

The Listening Gap Between Sight and Sound

Written by Catherine Franz

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What brings sight and sound together? Meaning and definition becomes only throughout our growing years. When a parent points to something moving inrepparttar air and calls it a butterfly or a plane. When we sat in class and see pictures ofrepparttar 107987 Eiffel Tower or a bullfight in Spain. There was no sound. All we could do was imagine, place assumptions on what sound could be, would be. And wonder if there will be a time when we will be there, when we will hear. And be able to match a picture of an eagle with one actually flying above.

We see a picture of a beautiful women, you know,repparttar 107988 perfect 10, in some magazine. You wish to be like her or to want her. Then one day you meet her inrepparttar 107989 street and hear her voice. It squeaks as if you were stroking chalk backwards across a blackboard. You can't wait to run and hide. The disconnect,repparttar 107990 gap, was there. But gosh darn it, she’s a 10, you say. In a split second from sight to sound,repparttar 107991 desire to be like her to have her dropped, it wasn'trepparttar 107992 same.

It is said, "seeing is believing," is thatrepparttar 107993 truth? How many of us know that isn't alwaysrepparttar 107994 truth, yet we've heard it so frequently there are assumptions tied to it that makes its seem likerepparttar 107995 truth. How many assumptions have you made because of things you've seen and hear, made betweenrepparttar 107996 gap, betweenrepparttar 107997 speed of sight andrepparttar 107998 slower hearing?

What would change in your daily routine if you began really hearing, slowing down to 1,100 feet per second? What would you loose? What would you gain? Wouldrepparttar 107999 gain be positive? All thoughts to think about, to mull over in our simple yet complicated little minds.

I encourage you to shift a little in your life and begin to give equal value to hearing if you can. To listening torepparttar 108000 universal sounds, to what is far belowrepparttar 108001 speed of light. Light that gives yourepparttar 108002 ability to see. But to begin to see with your ears.

"Its not what you say but how you say it," is a phrase frequently told. Is itrepparttar 108003 truth? Or isrepparttar 108004 real truth how everyone else hears it that makes a difference?

The truth is thatrepparttar 108005 gap can never be brought together. All our senses are on different parts of our rainbow. Don't loose sight of hearing. Practice differently today and tomorrow. Lie in bed and hearrepparttar 108006 walls. Hearrepparttar 108007 breeze whenever outdoors. Hearrepparttar 108008 plants grow. Yes, you can once you learn to hear again. Hear your heart beating and watchrepparttar 108009 cravings for things you know you shouldn't have go bye. Learn discernment betweenrepparttar 108010 two. Close your eyes inrepparttar 108011 next meeting, what do you hear? What do you not?

As Shakespeare once said, "That isrepparttar 108012 question?" This is from me to you and for fuel for thought. Just so you grow.

Catherine Franz, a Business Coach, specialized in writing, marketing and product development. Newsletters and additional articles: http://www.abundancecenter.com blog: http://abundance.blogs.com

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