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Slideshare of the Day: The ten worst body language presentation mistakes

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SOAP presentations is definitely among my top Slidesharers to follow. Their decks are consistently useful, well-designed and engaging. Today’s Slideshare of the Day features a topic that is important to both live synchronous presentations and asynchronous video presentations. While we can debate just how much we say through body language vs. verbal language, no one can deny that an audience makes certain decisions about a presenter’s credibility and relationship to them based on non-verbals. As Amy Cuddy asserts, our body language can speak volumes about how others perceive us (Source). Garr Reynolds in The Naked Presenter speaks about the honeymoon period of a presentation:

Even famous, well-established presenters–including celebrities–will only get a minute before audiences grow tired of their inability to grab attention.

Often, it is body language that can determine whether or not a presenter can truly grab an audience’s attention. Maintaing an open posture, facing the audience, maintaining genuine and consistent eye contact, moving with a purpose, and focusing on clarity in vocal delivery can all make the difference between an engaging, memorable presenter and a forgettable one. Pairing SOAP’s tips with Amy Cuddy’s “power pose” strategy can be a great starting point for stronger physical delivery. Check out today’s Slideshare below. For more on Amy Cuddy’s theories of body language, check out her TED talk.

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Slideshare of the Day: 7 Rules for Writing Blog Posts That Get Read and Shared

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As a blogger, one of my main goals is gaining readership through meaningful and worthwhile effort. The blogs I love to read provide me with information I cannot find elsewhere or have conceptualized myself but not articulated.  This year, I committed myself to becoming that type of blogger. My first step was and is consistency–from what I’ve observed, blogging consistently at least three times per week not only grows the amount of relevant content I have to offer readers but also helps me continue to grow my skills as a writer. Blogging consistently has also helped me connect with other like minded professionals. So, consistency is important, but, even more important is relevance and attractiveness. Today’s Slideshare, “7 Rules for Writing Blog Posts That Get Read and Shared” created by author and blogger Michael Hyatt includes some excellent tips for determining the audience relevance of your posts and crafting blog posts that attract readership. Check out the full deck below; three tips I will implement in my next posts are: 1. focus on the reader, 2. create a powerful headline, and 3. make your posts easy to share.

1. Focus on the reader

Audience adaptation, relevance, and a focus on WIIFM (what’s in it for me?) are great guides to follow when creating any type of content. In class, we devote weeks to various forms of audience analysis–audience questions, an audience needs map, Nancy Duarte’s audience questions from Resonate, and audience interviews. But, I’ve not done the same type of in-depth audience research in my blog. To be frank, I’ve taken for granted that the subject is what drives readership, but what if my content isn’t tailored to the audience’s who most often draw inspiration from Tweak Your Slides? Hyatt’s advice is to create an audience survey, distribute it among readers, and then write a followup post with insights and observations. Creating this type of survey can help bloggers create content that is user-centered, not writer-centered.

2. Create a powerful headline

I am sure that by now you are familiar with the types of attention grabbing headlines created by sites like Upworthy and BuzzFeed. There’s something about these titles that draws the reader in and helps cut through the cacophony of social media feeds. Much of the success of sites like these comes from the genius of founders like Jonah Peretti, who devote years to studying the anatomy of a sticky idea.  BuzzFeed and Upworthy headlines are often the epitome of the Heath brothers’ sticky concept–attention grabbing, jarring, memorable. A blog post title similarly has to break through the noise to manifest as signal. Hyatt suggests three excellent strategies for blog posts titles that stick: first, create a numbered sequence headline (“Five ways to…”); second, create a provocative question headline (“Are you….”); thirdly, create a how to headline, especially since blog readers often want to learn a new facet of your core subject.

3. Make your posts easy to share

Though I tend to rely on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and WordPress to spread word of my posts for me, there are several other useful tools out there that can help you help others share your work. Hyatt introduces viewers to several tools, namely AddThis and ShareThis, that can increase shareability (whether it is other sharing your work or others reading more of your work). I particularly like the content recommendation tools available as they not only lead readers to other content related to a specific post but also allow you to link readers to other awesome blogs on the subject.

What are your tips for writing blog posts? Whose blogs are unbeatable for consistent, relevant, worthwhile content?

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Slideshare of the Day: 29 Design Resources That Work Miracles

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Today marks the end of my two month break from classroom teaching. I’ve been busy writing up lesson plans for the Professional Communication and Presentation course reboot, revising assignment for the coming month, and tweaking my core slidedecks. As I am always working on minor or major adjustments to my deliverables, I am always looking for new sources of design inspiration and know how. A Tweak Your Slides reader, Richard Garber, who writes Joyful Public Speaking, shared the Assertion-Evidence format created by Michael Alley with me yesterday, and today, while browsing the latest Slideshare offerings on design and presenting, I ran across today’s Slideshare, “29 Design Resources That Work Miracles” by SEO.com:

The deck begins with a brief rationale–visual content today is one of the most powerful marketing tools for individuals and companies alike. But, like any good tool, it must be used in the right way, and this means placing the focus on good design and using good design resources. I was surprised at how many of the resources listed were new to me. Several are sources I wish I’d had in creating particularly difficult decks in the past and several others are sources I cannot wait to try this coming month. Here are a few of my favorites:

For Design Inspiration:

Creattica: though I already use Pinterest to curate designs I am inspired by, the added value of Creattica is that the site’s offerings are voted on and only displays examples of a designer’s greatest work–it’s a great way to filter inspiration down to great design for someone who is not a formally-trained designer.

For Image Editing:

Pixlr: I am lucky enough to have the entire Adobe Illustrator suite on my employer-provided laptop, but on my personal mac, I am limited to photo editing tools inside of Keynote and PowerPoint. Thankfully, user-friendly photo editing services like Pixlr are here to help. Available as a full online editor, express editor, and mobile app Pixlr is an easy to use tool for the novice designer

For Patterns:

Subtle Patterns: this is my absolute favorite new source. Again, as I am now teaching myself to use the Adobe Creative suite with the help of Lynda.com, my skills in creating depth through texture and patterns are limited to what I can find on image sites like compfight.com, ColourLovers, or what I can create myself using slide design software. As soon as I opened Subtle Patterns, I fell in love. The site contains hundreds of patterns available for download as .pngs and also features a Photoshop plugin similar to Kuler‘s that allows you to access the patterns without visiting the site.

Check out these and the other 26 awesome resources by scrolling through today’s Slideshare of the Day!

 

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Slideshare of the Day: How to Make Your Cover Pop

I am pleased to say that today, Ideate is a  Top Presentation of the Day on Slideshare.

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I’ve written about Slideshare before, and I’ve loved sharing my work with others and learning via the presentation form on the site for several years now. This year, however, I can see the site really taking off and coming into its own as the premier social networking site for presentations, infographics, and documents. What I love about Slideshare is that a great majority of its users are focused on the free and open sharing of design-driven, insightful, impacting content. Through Slideshare, users learn, they gain inspiration for their own projects, they both see and get to practice (some) good design. In addition to providing a platform for sharing visual content, Slideshare’s blog contains articles from top presentation authorities as well as links to excellent webcasts like this one on how to succeed on Slideshare.

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Today’s share is one that I studied as I was working on Ideate. It comes from designer Damon Nofar, who has released a series of quick infoproducts on design and marketing. The cover slide is one of the most important parts to creating a strong Slideshare. It’s one of the areas I focus the most attention on when developing a deck. Nofar’s advice is straightforward and applicable. He also includes a tutorial on how to create an engaging and enticing cover (it features cats, making it the best tutorial ever). Check out the deck below.

What are your favorite Slideshares? Do any of them have a cover that pops?

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Slideshare of the Day: Wild Slides by Make Great

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Roar Sweetly aka Make Great aka Charmaine is a TYS reader and fellow presentation designer and educator. She recently debuted her blog on presentation development, Make Great, by uploading her first Slideshare, “Wild Slides: 20 Tips to Improve your PowerPoint Presentations.” This simple and succinct deck provides viewers with 20 practical tips for developing, designing, and delivering slides to an audience. Charmaine excels in my biggest area of growth–keeping ideas simple and information delivery digestible. Three of my favorite tips are Content comes before slides, Don’t treat slides as a teleprompter, and Work hard on your slides. I believe the first two tips are manifestations of the third. If one works hard on one’s slides, there will be great attention to what needs to be said (and why) over decoration and the presenter will know to develop slides that serve as the enhancement of and not the container of information.

Check out Charmaine’s deck below and her blog here!

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Slideshare of the Day: Pitching Ideas

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Pitching the ultimate idea, yourself, will be the main focus of the Professional Communication and Presentation Reboot. I am busy working on my own body of work today, a collaborative meet up for instructors in the Liberal Studies Department, of which I am a part, but I wanted to take a moment to share an excellent deck on the subject of pitching ideas. What will lead one student to success and another to failure could be all in the way the student sells him or herself. One of my favorite takeaways from this deck, created by , Creative director & partner at Oak & Morrow BV is that a great pitch is all about “them”, the target audience! Keep your audience’s needs and wants in mind and you’ll be that much closer to convincing them you are “The One.”

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Slideshare of the Day: Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo

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The Professional Communication and Presentation reboot is well under way! I bought my copy of Pamela Slim’s Body of Work today and plan on spending the weekend devouring this text. Another book on my must-read list this year is Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo. The TED model of presenting will continue to be a staple of how we discuss delivery in PCP. I’ve talked about the TED commandments before; these are the ten unofficial rules all TEDsters follow and their purpose is to help support TED’s mission, to find amazing people with amazing ideas and then spread them. Gallo’s book uncovers the nine qualities that TEDsters possess. In today’s Slideshare, a promotional tool for Talk Like TED, Gallo breaks down the qualities into three categories that define a successful TED talk: Emotional, Novel, and Memorable. In addition to swooning over the design, I particularly love how Gallo focuses on passion and storytelling as the core elements each TEDster needs to convey and communicate emotion, to help the audience feel what he or she feels about the subject at hand. Check out the rest of the deck below:

 

 

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Slideshare of the Day: The Joy of Data-Driven Storytelling

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This month, I am working on the first reboot/design and content revision for the online iteration of Professional Communication and Presentation. The focus this time around is on creating a class that is more universally applicable to the degree programs we serve while also giving students further practice with persuasion and helping them articulate who they are as professionals. One of the big focus points of this reboot will be the simplification of our approach to visual design as well as the reinforcement that one way to gain competitive advantage in saturated work markets is to communicate ideas in a visually engaging way. Today, a student shared with me a Slideshare deck that is sure to become a part of how we teach visual design in future Professional Communication and Presentation courses. “The Joy of Data Driven Storytelling,” presented by COO of Guide Leslie Bradshaw and designed by Beutler Ink and Carrie Dobrin is not only a lovely example of evocative visual communication but makes the case that in order to cut through the dense information available on the web, all communicators must find ways to put data, whether qualitative or quantitative, into a visual framework that is also story-driven. It’s inspiring to see business folks making the case for design and conceptual thinking. Check out the deck below!

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Tweak Your Slides’ 200th Post: The Quotable Pope

 

 

 

 

 

Today marks my 200th post on Tweak Your Slides! In honor of this, I’ll share my Slideshare pick of the day with you.

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This month, one of my campus students is developing his Ignite presentation on why Pope Francis shows us all that inspirational leadership can still come from someone in a seat of power. My students, like many millenials, are disillusioned by and distrust authority. These are the students who grew up in the age of Monica Lewinsky scandals, Enron fraud debacles, BP oil spills, bipartisan-bickering national inertia, and a religious leader quitting the job that he was supposedly divinely-chosen to do. So, it’s no wonder that young people today seek inspiration away from power, away from traditional figures of authority.

This changed almost immediately since Pope Francis, who became the spiritual leader of the Catholic church in March of 2013, began his papacy. It seems that the “people’s pope” as he has been dubbed has the unique ability to inspire despite and beyond faith, age, or value-based perspective. Regardless of what your religious or faith-based beliefs are, it cannot be denied that Francis has done was very few before him were able to do–speak through faith and to humanity. Today’s deck, created by designer Edhan Small, features 12 inspirational quotes by Pope Francis. It speaks to an important lesson in presenting and communicating–to earn your audience’s respect, you must draw from common ground and shared values. What appeals to young people about Francis is his willingness to put humanity above religion, to put humility above authority, and to put open-mindedness above dogma. Check out the deck below.

Note: this is by no means an attempt to endorse a particular world view or faith, simply another study of how good communication works to appeal to an audience.

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Slideshare of the day: An Argument for Visual Literacy

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Today’s Slideshare is an inspiring deck from Gavin McMahon. Check out his lovely historical recap on the move towards then away then back towards visual literacy and be inspired by his excellent call to action.

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