16 presentation tips from Twitter

I’ve been tweeting a fair bit about improving presentation skills and was asked last week to compile all my tweets under one roof for easy reference. I thought that was a reasonable request, and here’s my collection of 16 tweets – some are based on tips I picked up from a book I highly recommend, called Presentation Zen. It’s by Garr Reynolds, who is truly the king of great presentations.

To many, public speaking is even worse than death or taxes! I however, am wired a little differently, perhaps thanks to a presentation subject I did while at university. I’ve even bought my own audio gear that travels with me when giving presentations – I’d rather not rely on the crappy mics that you sometimes are given, but be comfortable with my own Sennheiser G2 wireless pack and Countryman mic.

  • It’s more difficult to process information presented both verbally & on #preso slides. Show less on slides, explain more.
  • #Preso tip: If you write out yr speech, don’t read from it. Refer only when REALLY needed! Bullet points might help you.
  • One reason why many a #preso is ineffective is because people do not step back & assess what really is important.
  • Because most presentations are mediocre, it gives you a chance to be different & shine. Read @presentationzen – it’s good!
  • #Preso tip: If your session is recorded, grab a copy, watch it and you’ll improve heaps for the next presentation.
  • #Preso tip: DO NOT apologise before starting, unless you really made a mistake. Too often I hear, “Sorry, I’m nervous…”
  • #Preso tip: To improve your presentation skills & slides, watch “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore: he’s truly a whiz!
  • #Preso tip: Listen to your audience & respond accordingly. Gauge what topics interest them and expound on them.
  • #Preso tip: Photographers, the rule of thirds applies to your slides too! Place your subjects along the same grid.
  • #Preso tip: Show up early to make sure the projector & sound system speak the same lingo as your notebook.
  • #Preso tip: Improve your presentations by watching free presentations by preso guru, Steve Jobs – http://bit.ly/mHdJc
  • #Preso tip: PLEASE sprinkle some media to break the monotony of your presentation. A simple YouTube clip can do wonders!
  • #Preso tip: Just in case Murphy comes by, bring a copy of yr presentation on a USB drive. Keynote users, bring a PPT ver.
  • #Preso tip: Who says your company logo must be on every slide? Less is more! Don’t clutter slides with the unnecessary.
  • #Preso tip: Preparing a detailed handout keeps you from feeling compelled to cram everything into your visuals.
  • #Preso tip: Well designed slides have plenty of empty space. It helps draw attention to what’s truly important.

Here are some slides from a deck that I prepared from the most recent presentation. Some information has been changed, as it’s still P&C.

Presentation Zen type slides at TheBackpackr.com

Presentation Zen type slides at TheBackpackr.com

Presentation Zen type slides at TheBackpackr.com

Presentation Zen type slides at TheBackpackr.com

Presentation Zen type slides at TheBackpackr.com

Presentation Zen type slides at TheBackpackr.com

7 Comments

  1. goodboygonebad (Ceddy) - August 26, 2009

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    RT @TheBackpackr: New blog post: 16 presentation tips from Twitter [link to post] (( so informative!!! ))

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  2. annarina (Anna-Rina) - August 26, 2009

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    Good one Alex! Thx fr sharing :D RT @TheBackpackr: New blog post: 16 presentation tips from Twitter [link to post]

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  3. Mark - August 26, 2009

    LOL burning Microsoft! That is hilarious

  4. interview tips - August 30, 2009

    Thought all the things mentioned are on steady footing but I am particularly impressed by the first thing mentioned. Writing less in the slide is logically speaking, a boon as there is much lesser scope of getting confused and then getting caught by the judges who can see the real thing clearly !!

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  6. Sivin Kit - September 3, 2009

    Presentation Zen is a must read! It TOTALLY changed the way I do stuff .. I’ve never read the book. But I’ve followed the website for a long time.

    I’m on a learning curve with http://prezi.com/

  7. MartyAvery (Marty Avery) - October 15, 2009

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    rt [link to post] about Presentation Zen. thanks backpakr!

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