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Year in Review: Our Top Presentation Lessons for 2014

The new year is right around the corner, bringing with it plenty of new opportunities. Before we welcome it in, it’s customary to take a step back and remember the past year. Be it in life or business, it’s important to look back on our experiences to find lessons we can take with us to 2015. In this case, let’s wind back the clock and review some presentation lessons we learned this year. Hopefully, these lessons will help us continue to engage audiences with more creativity and innovation.

Presentation Lessons on Content 

Startup Stock PhotosBefore you start work on creating your presentation, you need to be sure of what you want to say. What’s the story you want to share? What’s the message you want the audience to remember? The communication process will only start if your content is properly composed and arranged.

The Science of Effective Storytelling in Presentations – Powerful storytelling can change the outcome of your presentations. As research has proven, there’s no better way to engage an audience than through a simple narrative structure.

Hook, Line, and Sinker: What Makes a Great Presentation Story – Successful presentations connect with any audience. To create a more relatable experience, spend some time crafting a strong presentation story.

Improve Your Presentations with the Power of the Metaphor – How can you help the audience to embrace your core message? Presentation expert Nancy Duarte says that the best way to reach out is with a simple metaphor.

Fine-tuning Your Presentation’s Core Message – The core message is a clear and effective way to deliver the big idea behind your presentation. Here’s how you can fine-tune your message for any audience.

The Secret Rule Behind Apple Presentations – Despite the complex technologies being discussed, Apple presentations are memorable, engaging, and easy to understand. Their secret? It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

Presentation Lessons on Design

Design Ideas: Creative Ways to Improve PowerPoint TemplatesVisuals are an important ingredient to the outcome you’re hoping for. As we always emphasize, there’s no better way to capture your audience than with images that ignite their imaginations.

The Rule of Thirds in Slide Design – Keep your slides symmetrical and visually interesting. Here’s everything you need to know about the “rule of thirds” as applied to PowerPoint design.

Visual Storytelling: How Stories are Told in Pictures – Want to tell better stories? Try your hand at visual storytelling. Here’s how you can weave powerful images together and deliver your core message.

Where to Find Unique Images for Your Presentation Design – Visuals are important to any presentation. Make sure your message stands out by illustrating your key points with unique and creative images. Here’s a list of resources to help you get started.

Design 101: Basic Principles for Your PowerPoint Designs – You need a solid foundation to create great PowerPoint designs. Learn more about the basic principles of design and see how they apply to actual slides.

Visual Simplicity is Captivating in Presentations By streamlining your slides, the audience can focus on what you’re presenting. These 4 tips will help you achieve visual simplicity in PowerPoint design.

Presentation Lessons on Delivery 

speech writing tips from HBRThere’s more to a successful presentation than great content and well-designed slides. Your presence is just as important. The way you speak, move, and hold yourself have a lot of bearing on how the audience will perceive you.

Body Language: Signify Intent with Movement – Improve the impact of your presentations and learn more about the art of body language.

The Power of Music in Presentation Delivery Does your presentation delivery lack power? Listening to Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ might give you the push you need. Find out how.

Keeping Your Presentations Within the Time Limit – Want to keep your audience present and attentive until the end of your presentation? Make sure you stay within the time limit. Here are 3 tips for a well-timed delivery.

Public Speaking Anxiety: Facts, Stats, and Methods to Beat It – An estimated 5% of the world population suffers from public speaking anxiety. Learn facts, statistics, and practical methods to beat the #1 phobia.

Memory Palace: The Technique to Memorize Presentations – What helps Sherlock Holmes solve the most complex mysteries? How did Cicero memorize his oration pieces? Learn more about the “memory palace” technique and apply it to your presentations.

In the coming year, make it your objective to deliver great and memorable presentations. Don’t forget to keep checking back here for even more presentation lessons. We’ll have plenty more to share when the new year rolls in. We wish you a happy and productive 2015!

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