Blog reviews presentations, provides insights

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Now that presentations have moved from in the room to via Zoom, The Bucket List provides presentation reviews and insights from which everyone can learn. Using a scorecard with 10 categories, the reviews provide a basis by which potential effectiveness can be compared from one presentation to another.

The blog also provides articles that address content, visuals, questions, gestures and other issues relevant to the goal of communicating more effectively during all types of presentations.

The purpose is to improve presentations everywhere.
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Book encourages less presentation, more conversation

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Whether a presentation is delivered in the room or via Zoom, a new book is encouraging presenters to embrace more conversation and less presentation if the goal is to have ideas understood, retained and acted upon by the audience.

One Bucket at a Time is endorsed by one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists, who says that author “Eric Bergman’s techniques are a window to the future of this important human activity.”

One Bucket at a Time is available from Amazon, Kindle and Apple Books.
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Looking to improve presentation effectiveness by 30%?

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The goal of any presentation should be to be as memorable as possible—to lodge as much information as possible in the long-term memory of those attending.

Put another way, presentation effectiveness is best be measured by what the audience retains, not what was said or shown. The research is clear. By shutting off the projector, you can increase what the audience remembers by up to 30 per cent.
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If you’re showing PowerPoint, you’re missing the point

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This review of One Bucket at a Time, by Jay Robb of The Hamilton Spectator, makes the case that “there’s only one good reason to bring us together for a meeting on Zoom or in a room.

“Showing us PowerPoint decks isn’t it.”

Click this link to read the full review.

And, of course, One Bucket at a Time is available from Amazon, Kindle and Apple Books.
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Your audience is better off turning their backs

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The research is unequivocally clear. As humans, we cannot read and listen at the same time. When we attempt to do both, we get nothing from either.

As we’ll explore in this article, even the simplest slides overload working memory. When your audience attempts to listen and follow along, they understand and retain less than if they either read. Or listen.

In other words, they will understand and retain more if they turn their back on your slides and simply listen to your presentation.
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Take the 5-minute slide effectiveness challenge

This five-minute challenge will help you understand the importance of separating the written word from the spoken. It also underscores the importance of simply shutting off the projector and delivering your bullet points without showing them to the audience.

By simply shutting off the projector and delivering the presentation, it’s possible to improve how much the audience retains by up to 30 per cent.
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Forbes: Stop using PowerPoint

Beautiful slides are a waste of time

This article in Forbes magazine suggests that presenters should stop using powerpoint because it may damage a brand.

Citing a study at Harvard, the author points out that in a business scenario, PowerPoint was rated as no better than verbal presentations with no visual aids.

The author says that research found “a more engaging and enjoyable experience for an audience with an oral presentation’s total lack of visual aids.”

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Article explores whether slides are powerful or pointless

PowerPoint: Powerful or pointless?

The author of Public Speaking Skills for Dummies! says he doesn’t have a problem with slides, as long as they enhance what the speaker is saying.

His biggest complaint is that the slides should complement what the speaker is saying, but often there is one thing on the screen while the speaker is saying something else.

He also makes a point that has long seemed obvious to me. Why would someone bother attending the presentation when they can read the PowerPoint deck and stay home?

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Article says beautiful slides a waste of time

Beautiful slides a waste of time

This author believes too much emphasis is being put on developing “snazzy presentation slides.” He believes it “is a waste of time and elicits a deluded sense of accomplishment.”

In his opinion, spending “days and days doing up a colourful slides with funky animation or photoshopped images” is not an optimal use of time.

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Article explores banning PowerPoint in lectures

Let's ban PowerPoint in lectures

This article makes the point that PowerPoint should be banned in lectures because it makes students more stupid and professors more boring.

And, based on my conversations with students and professors, moving bad PowerPoint lectures from the room to via Zoom has just made things worse, not better.

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Book encourages less presentation, more conversation

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Whether a presentation is delivered in the room or via Zoom, One Bucket at a Time encourages presenters to embrace more conversation and less presentation if the goal is to have ideas understood, retained and acted upon by the audience.

One Bucket at a Time is endorsed by one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists, who says that author “Eric Bergman’s techniques are a window to the future of this important human activity.”

One Bucket at a Time is available from Amazon, Kindle and Apple Books.
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How Steve Jobs "did it"

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Much has been made about Steve Jobs’ presentation skills. But how did he really “do it?” This article explores Mr. Jobs’ ability to use presentations strategically, and effectively.

This is the first of four articles on the use of presentations in the technical industry, particularly where presentations are an important part of a marketing initiative to get developers using more of a company’s products and services.

The next three articles will review presentations by technical experts and marketers trying to influence a similar audience.
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The ten-pushup rule improves communication

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During training sessions, I use a tongue-in-cheek tool I call the ten-pushup rule.

This technique has never failed to improve someone’s ability to: a) listen to the question being asked and b) answer the question clearly and concisely.

It is a technique that should be brought to all presentations. It is also something to keep in mind whenever we’re answering questions in our personal or professional lives.
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Presentation content that almost develops itself

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The Presenter’s Toolbox provides a step-by-step guide to developing clear, compelling content for any speech, lecture or presentation.

The Toolbox quickly and efficiently guides you through a critical thinking process. You’ll answer a number of questions and fill in some blanks. By the time you reach tool number nine, the basic presentation framework, you’ll be able to clearly define your entire presentation in six to eight sentences. Your story for that audience will have a clear beginning, middle and end.

Additional tools will guide you through expanding that story to fit the time frame available. You won’t over-prepare. And there is also guidance on ensuring that slides, if necessary, won’t interfere with what you say to the audience.

As you apply the tools, you’ll be guided by a case study, which is based on the need for a new barking dog bylaw in a local municipality. The bylaw enforcement team is preparing a presentation to municipal council with the goal of gaining support to proceed to the next stage of the bylaw development process.

As you work through these tools, and with guidance from the barking dog case, you’ll discover that your content almost develops itself.

The Presenter’s Toolbox is available from Amazon, Kindle and Apple Books.
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Presentation advice from Jack the Ripper's walk

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During a trip to London with my family, I had the pleasure of participating in what's known as a Jack the Ripper walk.

At a designated spot overlooking the Tower of London, we met our affable Cockney guide, Pete. He was a character, our Pete, and he would have looked out of place in most boardrooms, training rooms and classrooms.

But the communication skills he demonstrated were exceptional, and should be envied and emulated by anyone who has to prepare and deliver presentations to others.
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The Pitfalls of Presentation (In)Efficiency

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What better way to start a blog that reviews presentations than by rating a presentation on presentations? This one, by UK consultant Simon Morton, was one of the first reviewed for The Bucket List and has turned out to be one of the best of the bunch.

His presentation, The Pitfalls of Presentation (In)Efficiency, did an excellent job of making the case for better presentations, not necessarily better slides.
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Book encourages less presentation, more conversation

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Whether a presentation is delivered in the room or via Zoom, One Bucket at a Time encourages presenters to embrace more conversation and less presentation if the goal is to have ideas understood, retained and acted upon by the audience.

One Bucket at a Time is endorsed by one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists, who says that author “Eric Bergman’s techniques are a window to the future of this important human activity.”

One Bucket at a Time is available from Amazon, Kindle and Apple Books.
Read more...

Virtual Presentation Crash Course

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When you’re on a roll, why not keep rolling and review another presentation on presentations? This second review examines Rob Biesenbach’s presentation to the International Association of Business Communicators.

Entitled “A Virtual Presentation Crash Course: Engaging your audience in a time of disruption and distraction,” Rob’s presentation had both pluses and minuses.

Overall, though, it was well worth the listen.
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Masterclass in PowerPoint Design

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Entitled “A Masterclass in PowerPoint Design,” this presentation reminded me of an experience I had years ago with a number of not-for-profit executives at a conference north of Toronto. They had just walked out of a presentation they believed provided incredible value, but couldn’t remember a single detail a few minutes after the presentation ended.

There is no question that the presenter has a deep pool of knowledge on which to draw. But the question is: how much of that knowledge will make it to the long-term memory of those listening?
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