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21
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How to CRUSH Your Job Interview Presentation … and Get Hired!

As if a job interview isn’t stressful enough,  you’ve been asked to give a PRESENTATION to a whole panel of interviewers.

Seriously?!? Who thought of this brilliant idea? (insert sarcastic voice here)

But when you think about it, it’s pretty normal nowadays to have to give a presentation when you go to a job interview.

I’ve been in a lot of interview presentations over the years and I can tell you that if you prepare well and come in with an awesome-looking presentation not only will your presentation go great but your ENTIRE interview will be 10x times easier!

So, how do you go about creating a beautiful presentation that knocks the socks of your interview panel?

It’s actually quite simple!

Just follow these FIVE job interview presentation tips and you will crush your interview presentation faster than you can say “you’re hired!”

Let’s begin!

Interview Presentation Tip #1: Do Plenty of Research on the Company You’re Interviewing For

Before you even open up PowerPoint you first need to do some extensive research on the company you are interviewing for.

This means it’s time to put on your Sherlock Holme’s hat and start your investigation …

Here you really need to know what your company’s industry is all about including things like:

  • The latest trends
  • The latest news
  • The latest challenges or issues

You also want to know what is going on within the company as well:

  • What kind of products do they sell?
  • What are their services?
  • Who are their customers?
  • What have they achieved?
  • What are the problems or issues they are dealing with?

The goal here is to know as much about the company as possible.

You want to come across as knowledgeable about the company and the reason why you want to know all that stuff above is that when give the presentation you have to talk about guess what … the company!

Remember, when you’re doing an interview the focus should really be on the company and what value you will add to the company.

It’s also a good idea to find out the knowledge or expertise level of your audience. Your HR contact should be able to provide you with that info. Will your audience consist of your colleagues, bosses, or potential clients? Knowing this will help you determine how to pitch your presentation, what focus you should take, and what tone will be most appropriate.

Interview Presentation Tip #2: Present Your Strengths That Are Related to the Company

Beyond doing your homework on the company your next challenge is to know your own strengths that are related to the company.

The big question you need to answer here is:

What can you do that will help the company to either improve or get over those problems or challenges that you identified in your research?

You may want to consider adding a slide or two (like the slide above from our professional “Influencer” presentation Template) that talks about your background and previous roles that relate to job description.

Interview Presentation Tip #3: Structure Your Presentation Using the “PCS Format”

Once you’ve identified the purpose and key message of your presentation, you then need to structure it.

Developing a clear structure will help you stay on point and help your audience follow you.

The best way to structure your interview presentation is to use the “PCS” format:

P – Stands for problem

C – Stands for consequences

S – Stands for solution

So let’s start with the problem:

When you give your presentation to your potential employer you want to begin by identifying a problem or challenge that the company is currently facing or maybe a problem that they will face in the future as they move forward with one of their goals.

Next you want to talk about the consequences:

Here you want to talk about what happens if a particular goal is not achieved or the consequences of failing in some way. In other words, you want to show them that if they don’t do/achieve _____ then _____ is what could happen.

The final part is to talk about a solution:

Here you want to outline very clearly what you think the company should do.

Keep in mind that when you talk about your solution it doesn’t have to be right. In other words, it doesn’t have to be a perfect solution that you guarantee is going to work.

Instead, what you are trying to show here is that you are CREATIVE and a PROBLEM SOLVER. You want to show the company that you know what they are going through and what they will go through if they don’t solve the problem and how they could possibly achieve the result that they want.

Interview Presentation Tip #4: Make a Beautiful PowerPoint Presentation

If you have been following our weekly presentation tips, you have been presented with a ton of design tips to create awesome slides.

No matter how exceptional a public speaker you are, almost all presentations benefit tremendously from awesome-looking slides. All of these slides can be created directly in PowerPoint.

To save tons of time and make sure your design looks awesome you may want to invest in a professional presentation template.

Most of the PowerPoint templates available on the internet are pretty lousy. Fortunately, there are some good resources available for finding good ones such as Graphic River.

Regardless of whether you are going to download a professional PowerPoint template or make your own keep in mind that your presentation’s design needs to be SIMPLE. In other words, the template should not distract the audience in any way. Here are three important things to keep in mind:

1) Consistency is key. Make sure all of your colors, fonts, font sizes, and graphical treatment stays consistent throughout the entire slide deck.

2) Delete or hide distracting elements that are not essential to the key point you are making on the slide.

3) Less is more. Enough said!

Of course, these are just a few tips. For a complete arsenal of presentation design tips and resources that will turn you into a PowerPoint pro click here.

Interview Presentation Tip #5: Nail the Delivery of Your Presentation

A great delivery of your presentation begins before you even walk in the room. Here are some great tips for making sure your delivery goes well:

1) Don’t forget the interview basics – dress professionally, carry yourself with confidence, and wear a smile on your face.

2) Pay attention to your body language – You should ideally be standing as you speak. This way your audience can see your gestures, stance, and confidence.

4) Speak with confidence – Make eye contact with different members of the audience to draw them in and engage them in what you’re saying. Remind yourself to take a few deep breaths at various points—this will help you stay calm, and will also naturally slow your speech a bit (most people tend to speak quickly when giving a presentation).

3) Start your presentation with a bang – make sure start your presentation like a pro so that you audience is engaged and excited right from the beginning.

4) Know your audience – are you presenting to senior executives or lower level managers? For both audiences your presentation has to rock but senior executives will want your key points driven home even faster!

Conclusion

So those were my five tips for doing great in your next job interview presentation.

Presentations are always nerve-wracking, but it’s important to keep in mind that your interview panel wants you to succeed. They invited you to the interview because they think you have something to offer, and they want to see more. Follow the presentation tips above and show them exactly what you can bring to the table!

Here’s my question for you …

What has worked really well for you with an interview that has involved a presentation?

Lastly, do you have a friend that could benefit from how to succeed with an interview presentation? If so, email them the link to this post.

Thanks for sharing and be sure to post this article on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or your other favorite social media spot using the sharing buttons to the left!

06
jun

These Webinar Presentation Tips Will Help You Create Your Best Webinar Ever!

What’s the secret to delivering engaging webinars?

It’s not an easy question to answer.

But you probably know other people that are able to wow an audience and generate tons of sales with just about every webinar that they launch.

How do they do it? Do they know some webinar secrets that you don’t?

Actually, yes, they do! …

It may happen behind the scenes, but some people know how to deliver amazing webinars with ease.

And we all know how big webinars have become:

Webinars have become a particularly lucrative tool for consultants and marketers to showcase their expertise on an interactive platform. Many enjoy the simplicity that comes with conducting a webinar from the comfort of their own home or office because it means they can reach a much larger audience in a more convenient and cost-effective setting.

Here’s the thing:

Anyone can give a webinar with the right software, but in order make it outstanding, you need a great presentation and a rehearsed plan of action.

Below is a list of 11 webinar presentation tips and tricks that will ensure you have a successful webinar presentation you can be proud of.

#1. Wow your webinar audience by creating beautiful slides

Here’s something you may not be aware of: 

Awesome Slides = Awesome Webinar!

To keep an audience engaged for 30 minutes to an hour, you’ll need to create a presentation deck that rocks.

If you have been following Panda for a while, you know how much we emphasize the importance of creating presentations that stand out. If you want to master the craft of creating slides that rock I highly recommend checking out our book on presentation design Slides Made Simple.

Here’s the thing:

People need to be entertained in order to remain engaged. That’s why you need to use plenty of imagery and graphics in order to make your content dynamic and engaging and also why your text (the words you put on each slide) should be minimal and precise.

Here a few things to pay attention to when designing your webinar presentation:

#1) Hook your audience with a killer cover slide – First impressions matter. An exciting presentation cover gives your audience hope that your webinar will be exceptional. Conversely, a poorly designed or low quality PowerPoint cover conveys a lack of attention to detail.

Your audience will mostly assume that if you rushed your cover, you rushed your entire presentation.

Here’s an example of a webinar cover slide we created that grabs attention:

Wouldn’t you be excited for a webinar that opened up with this?

If you want to see another good example of an engaging webinar cover, we recommend checking out Amy Porterfield’s live master class “How to create your first five figure webinar” here. In her webinar you will see how she cleverly arranges her text and images to in order to make each slide sleek and stylish.

#2) Choose a set of nice looking fonts – Another secret to beautifully designed webinar slides is to incorporate a set of 2-4 fonts that go really well together. As you can see in Amy Porterfield’s image above she uses 4 fonts that compliment each other perfectly. For a list of super nice free fonts that you can download for your webinars click here.

One thing to keep in mind when using fonts:

Every font has a personality and it’s important that you use the right font family for your next webinar presentation.

#3) Arrange your text in an engaging way – Again referring to the image above notice how the words are carefully arranged and broken up using some visual icons. There are many ways to organize your text in clever ways. Play around with different variations and choose the arrangement that looks best.

#4) Incorporate engaging visuals – As mentioned earlier engaging webinars are fueled by nicely designed slides. Good looking graphics (pictures, vector images, etc.) cut down textual matter by a lot. Incorporate visuals often to provide suitable context or ideas to the learner. This can include product photos, screen shots, pictures of you, pictures of customers, or anything else that brings your story to life.

By following the above webinar design tips you have a much better chance of having slides that are lively and active.

If you’re looking for some more design tips just like these check out these five presentation design hacks.

#2. Promote your webinar to attract the biggest audience possible

Similar to a real life conference, you need to advertise your webinar to the right people who may be interested. The larger the audience the larger your income and if you don’t advertise, then no one will come. Use press releases, emails and social media to reach new audiences. You could even try buying some Google or Facebook ads. Try to create a promo video for your webinar so viewers can get a comprehensive understanding about what you will be presenting, and so you can highlight the points of interest to draw customers in.

#3. Use hashtags to interact with your audience

Engaging webinars involve two-way communication between you and your audience.

Give your webinar a separate twitter account and use a hashtag to interact with your audience. This way you will be able to filter content specifically relevant to your webinar within the online chat, making for a more succinct interaction between you and your attendees.

For example, during the webinar, you can use a specific hashtag to interact with your audience, answer technical questions, and gather questions for the Q&A portion. Finally, after the webinar is finished, you can use the hashtag to follow up on any unanswered questions and send additional information to your audience.

#4. Do a check of all of your equipment before you get started

This one may sound pretty obvious.

Technical problems happen with presentation and webinar software all the time. Try your best to avoid them when on the air live by testing your webinar platform ahead of time.

It’s important to do a cross check of all your presentation equipment (tools, accessories, etc.) before you get started. Otherwise you could run into some trouble and risk delaying it or having to cancel the webinar altogether – which can damage your reputation and your relationship with your clients. If you’re using a program like Yondo to conduct your webinars, get acquainted with all of the great features they have to offer before you start, so you can make your webinar as engaging and successful as possible.

#5. Chat with your participants before you get into your material

It’s important to interact with your audience before you begin going into your material

Get them acquainted with you and your event and ask them what questions they would like you to address in the webinar. Go over the basics, but don’t waste too much time going through ‘housekeeping’ information or introductions. Everyone should know that information before the presentation or you’ll risk boring them before your webinar has even begun.

Want an easy trick to get the conversation started?

Simply ask your audience where they are joining the webinar from.

I see this done time and time again in webinars. People love to hear their name and city shouted out to the rest of webinar.

#6. Keep your webinar presentation slides looking clean, sharp, and uniform

Like any presentation, design plays a huge role in branding your content. If your business has branded colors don’t be afraid to use them, but if not – choose color combinations that won’t be too distracting and will complement the mood of your webinar. Also, make sure to use appropriate font styles and sizes.

And of course, focus on consistency.

#7. Schedule your webinars like a pro

If you’re talking to an international group of people, or even people from different states, double check that the time-slot you have allocated for your webinar is as accessible to as many people as possible. Get an understanding of your audience’s primary geographical location. If you’re using an online video ecommerce software like Yondo, you can add custom fields in the checkout process and ask them for information about their location, as well as other useful information. The more information you have about your attendees, the more convenient your scheduling will be and in turn – the more attendees you’re likely to have.

#8. Save Q&A for the end of the webinar

There’s nothing worse than being interrupted midway through an important section of your presentation and losing your place. Make this clear at the start so audiences know they will have an opportunity to have their questions answered at the end. While it is important to be interactive, have a set plan for your webinar and memorize it so you can elaborate on things when appropriate, without losing your place.

#9. Enhance your productivity by using dual monitors

Dual monitors may seem a little intimidating at first but once you see how much extra productivity you get you will wonder how you ever managed to get by with using only one.

Using dual monitors makes it easy for you to show your face and your content at the same time – both of which are important for an audience to feel connected. This way, one screen can be used purely for face-to-face interactions and the other can be used to display your webinar content. It can also be useful should one of your monitors decide to crash unexpectedly.

#10. Make sure you and your workspace are well-presented

Although you might be recording from home or the privacy of your office, you shouldn’t look like it. Abide by the same dress standards you would in a real-life conference. You should also be aware of the space around you during the webinar, take time to tidy up and see how the area looks in the camera before the session starts.

#11. Save your sales pitch for the end of the webinar

Beyond providing tons of value to your audience this is the whole point of a webinar or presentation:

You’re selling something to an audience – whether it be information, expertise, reputability or a financial gain – you need to use the end to drive your point’s home. Display a call-to-action slide at the end of your webinar and even provide a URL within your chat window for your audience.

Another cool feature from Yondo (the online video ecommerce software mentioned in tip #7) is that it has a soon-to-be released feature that makes this easy for presenters. With this feature, you will be able to display a clickable sales panel that you can fully customize and trigger to pop up anytime during your webinar. You can link your call-to-action button within the sales panel to any external site, whether that be your business’s blog or an online store that stocks your merchandise.

Conclusion

Hopefully you have found these presentation tips on how to create exciting webinars useful.

Here’s my question for you:

Do you have any tips for delivering engaging webinars? We’d love to know!

Lastly, do you have a friend that could benefit from learning about webinar presentations and what makes them special? If so, email them the link to this post. Thanks for sharing and be sure to post this article on Twitter, Facebook (or whatever your favorite social media community is) as well by using the sharing buttons to the left.

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24
may

10 Killer Presentation Tips From Highly Influential Speakers

What do Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins, Steve Jobs, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, and other influential speakers have in common?

They all understand the keys to a good presentation!

The best presenters in the world are memorable, instructive and referenced for many years.

They inspire people to change their lives, encourage and educate their audiences to think differently about the world – whether it’s about . Most successful public speakers have refined their skills to deliver memorable presentations in front of a live audience.

So, why not take some presentation secrets straight out of the pros’ playbook?

Today we are going to be sharing 10 awesome presentation tips from some of the best presenters in the world. So sit back, relax, and enjoy these suggestions for better public speaking.

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Tim Ferriss – Be 100% Authentic

Chances are, if you haven’t read The 4 Hour Work Week, you’ve definitely heard of it:

It’s practically the Bible for startup junkies and passive income warriors all over the world.

Tim Ferriss wrote this iconic book about living the life everyone else has been afraid to live, and ever since then he’s been a regular on the motivational speaker circuit.

His suggestions for better public speaking are pretty simple:

 Just be yourself.

“Don’t ape someone else’s style. Don’t try to be Barack Obama or Tom Peters or Margaret Thatcher. It’ll only underscore how far you are from being one of these outstanding speechifiers.” (his words, not ours)

“As trite as it may sound, just try to be you. If ‘you’ is someone who’s slightly uneasy, who says “uh” a few times on stage, no problem. As long as you’re authentic — and as long as you have something interesting and relevant to say –- you’ll be fine.”

And he’s right:

Try to get in the mindset that you’re going to be talking to your mom or best friend – someone who you would be comfortable telling even your darkest secrets to.

Otherwise, as Ferriss says, “[people’s] BS detectors go off big time when they see a super-polished presenter spewing vaporous nothings.”

But here’s the kicker …

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be polished and authoritative, but it does mean you should sound like yourself.

If five syllable words are not a normal part of your vocabulary, don’t use them!

Amy Cuddy – Boost Your Confidence Right Before Presenting with “Power Poses”

Who is Amy Cuddy?

First of all, she’s a Social Psychologist at Harvard.

Second of all, she knows the secret to successful public speaking, and it has nothing to do with opening your mouth.

There is a simple strategy that you can use to reduce anxiety, improve your ability to deal with stress, and boost your confidence right before you get up on stage to present.

The best part? …

It works immediately and only takes two minutes to do. Studies conducted by Dr. Cuddy have shown that testosterone and cortisol (a stress hormone triggered by low-power poses such as slouching and looking at the ground) are inversely triggered depending on your body pose.

Closing your eyes, breathing deeply, and holding a power pose (e.g. such as standing with your chest stuck out and your hands on your hips) for just two minutes will give you an instant boost of testosterone right before you step up to the podium.

Learn more about how it all works (and see Dr. Cuddy’s Ted Talk) by clicking here.

Gary Vaynerchuk – Be Real and Don’t Worry About Dropping an F-Bomb Here or There

You’ve probably read before about public speaking tips that encourage you to look as sharp as possible for your big presentation. Many presenters, for example, feel compelled to wear a suit for a major keynote.

Gary Vaynerchuk breaks the mold.

He’s a successful entrepreneur best known for his role as a social media guru with clients such as Pepsi and Anheuser-Busch. He’s also got his start by growing his family’ liquor store business into a multi-million dollar a year venture.

So when he talks, people listen.

Funny enough, his standard attire for one of his five-figure talks is usually a pair of jeans and either a T-shirt, hoodie or collared shirt (untucked and with the sleeves unbuttoned).

“For 90% of the talks I do, I fly in the day of and fly out the same day, so it’s kind of a necessity,” Vaynerchuk says. “It’s the outfit of the sport I’m playing, which is extreme traveling and speaking.” (man, that’s a sport we wish we played).

“I understand and respect why someone would say [other] things are really important. But for me, I like to let my words and my energy on the stage do the talking.” What Vaynerchuk does use, however, are four-letter words. And he uses them with the zeal and gusto of a sailor on leave.

Whether he’s speaking to a tech crowd, a real estate crowd or pretty much any other conference that’s clamoring to add his star power to their agenda, audience members usually hear at least a few dozen colorful word choices (e.g. shit, dickhead, rat’s ass, douchebag and, of course, many creative variations of the f-bomb) that would get most other presenters reprimanded by their bosses or severely scolded by conference organizers.

Not only is he able to pull it off, his presentations typically end with a standing ovation.  Now I understand that many people do get turned off by unnecessary use of profanity, but the way Gary uses it to make a point SIMPLY WORKS:

His expletives are well-placed to emphasize his most important and audacious points. And they often make the audience laugh and feel more at ease.

So where does the penchant for colorful language in his talks come from? “I was very affected by Chris Rock and Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor,” Vaynerchuk says. “…they have some pretty good mouths on them and I think that affected me.”

Does that mean you should start swearing like he does during his presentations?

Not necessarily. But as Mark Manson, another leading lifestyle personality, has said, profanity “shocks you into a new mentality and challenges you.”

We think Gary – and other top public speakers – would agree.

Seth Godin – Ditch the Bullet Points With Your PowerPoint Slides

Hard to believe, but Steve Jobs never used a single bullet point.

Not once.

His presentations were always remarkable spare, relying on a few powerful images and carefully selected words or phrases.

Even during product demos where Jobs explains or demonstrates key benefits of a new product, his slides are refreshingly devoid of bullet points.

As Seth Godin explains in a 2007 eBook called Really Bad PowerPoint, “The minute you put bullet points on the screen, you are announcing ‘write this down, but don’t really pay attention to it now.’ People don’t take notes at the opera.”

He’s right:

While his gloriously bald head gets your attention at first, it’s Seth’s wisdom and long-run sensibility that have made him one of the most respected voices in marketing.

Anyways, back to the bullet points: Researchers have demonstrated time and time again that text and bullet points are the least effective way to deliver important information. Yet despite the evidence, the average PowerPoint slide has an extremely dense 40 words.

On average, our short-term memory can hold onto fewer than 7 items for no longer than 10-15 seconds.

So, imagine you’re introducing the world’s thinnest notebook. Replace the bulleted list of techie product features with a photograph of a large, manila office envelope.

Or perhaps you’re trying to inspire an audience to help your nonprofit end the water crisis? Skip the bulleted list of statistics in favor of a short, powerful video that shows rather than tells why everyone in the room should care.

Lewis Howes – Keep Your Cool When Criticized

Lewis Howes is a New York Times Bestselling author of the hit book, The School of Greatness. He is also a lifestyle entrepreneur, high performance business coach, and keynote speaker.

I remember watching a Creative Live presentation featuring Lewis a few years back and was really drawn to how cool calm and collected he appears on stage.

One recommendation that he gives for better public speaking is to keep your cool if you happen to get hit with criticism during your talk.

Nobody wants to be heckled during a presentation but its bound to happen if you present frequently.

As you prepare your speech, it can be easy to imagine someone interrupting you, shouting out what your mind is already telling itself: He lacks experience. He didn’t prepare enough. How did he get this job?

Lewis points out that it’s important not to disqualify the statement or get defensive. Instead, listen, reflect, and evaluate the comment, then try to move the conversation in the right direction.”

So what do you do when you get hit with some tough questions?

Step 1: Ask some clarifying questions.

Step 2: Listen to the answers.

From here the conversation should get specific enough to address the questions or criticism. If so, answer, and then move your speech back on track.

If not, remember that you can’t please everybody, the moment you focus on that, you’ll no longer have a business that stands out.

Nancy Duarte – Make Your Slides Look Like Billboards

It pains us to say it, but we are mere mortals compared to Nancy Duarte when it comes to mastering the art of presentations.

She’s the CEO of one of the most highly-respected presentation design companies in the USA, and one of her biggest presentation tips is that you have to minimize words and focus on images if you want to make an impact on your audience.

“An audience can’t listen to your presentation and read detailed, text-heavy slides at the same time (not without missing key parts of your message, anyway). So make sure your slides pass what I call the glance test:

People should be able to understand each of your slides in about three seconds or less.

Think of your slides as billboards:

When people drive, they only briefly take their eyes off their main focus — the road — to process billboard information. Similarly, your audience should focus intently on what you’re saying, looking only briefly at your slides when you display them.

The less extraneous material – such as words, graphics, animation, and sounds – the better people can concentrate.

Lots of extras actually take away meaning because they become a distraction. It’s not that your audience is a bunch of preschoolers – it’s just that even a group of adults can only take so much sensory bombardment before losing attention.

Use that knowledge to strip down your slides to the essentials. Does your logo really need to be on every slide? Does that blue swoosh add meaning? If not, leave it off.

The same goes for text:

Keep it short and easy to skim, and scale the type as large as possible so the people in the back of the room can see it.

Brian Tracy – Start Your Presentation With Your Audience

Brian Tracy has got a fire burning when it comes to delivering awesome presentations and he wants to share his tips with you.

Interestingly, what motivates him, as a self-development guru, to keep on plugging away isn’t him – it’s the people in his audience, the ones who come to him seeking self-improvement.

No wonder then that the audience is at the core of his philosophy when it comes to getting better at public speaking:

Who are the people that you are going to be presenting to? What is their age, who are they, what is their income and occupation? These things will help you to craft a successful PowerPoint presentation.

Designing a presentation without an audience in mind is like writing a love letter and addressing it ‘to whom it may concern.

If you’re intimidated or nervous about facing your audience imagine them as a line of individuals waiting to have face-to-face conversations with you.

You want to make each person feel like you’re having a personal exchange with him or her; it will help you speak in a conversational tone, which will keep them interested. And if they’re still not interested, either you have a hopelessly boring personality or your presentation isn’t worth paying attention to (thankfully, you can change both of those things, but it might take some work).

Tony Robbins – Tap Into Your Audience’s Emotions

Like Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins is one of the people on this list who you probably don’t need an introduction to.

Pretty much everyone has seen one of his infomercials about living a better life or becoming a better you.

He’s done a pretty darn good job of motivating people, and it probably has a lot do with tapping into his audience’s emotions:

“We’ve all been put to sleep by somebody who’s told us all these wonderful facts that didn’t matter because information without emotion is not retained,” Robbins says. Without the power of emotion – be it body language, or the way you enunciate certain words, or look directly into the eyes of one of your audience members – even the best presentations will lack that je ne sais quoi that electrifies people.

If you are going to reach your audience, first you have to reach yourself.

In other words, get pumped about what it is you’re talking about!

“So if you’re just giving some frickin talk you’ve memorized over and over again, you’re going to have a flat affect,” Tony says. “If you’ve just got a bunch of visuals on the screen that are leading your talk, hang up your shoes and get the hell out of there.”

A good way to insert emotion into your talk is to practice in front of a mirror. Don’t memorize entire sentences verbatim, so that way when you give the talk it sounds a bit more natural – not to mention, the more salient points of the talk will really jump out at you as you go through your paces during your presentation. And that will make a positive emotional impact on your viewers.

Scott Harrison – Tell Engaging Stories

Scott Harrison has led a pretty interesting life thus far:

After living a fast life of partying and drugs as a party promoter in New York City for major brands such as MTV, VH1, and Bacardi, he had an epiphany that he was living a shallow, meaningless life.

“I realized I was the most selfish, sycophantic, and miserable human being. I was the worst person I knew,” he recalls in a New York Times interview from 2009.

That realization changed him. He went from promoting clubs for a living to bringing clean water to millions of people across the world through the organization he founded, charity: water.

Nearly 20,000 projects and 24 countries later, his charity has brought clean, safe drinking water to poor developing communities around the world.

The secret to his success lies in the fact that he has combat the general apathy people have towards issues like this by telling a great and engaging story. It’s not so often you hear about someone who used to ply the streets of Manhattan at night in his BMW with a bunch of supermodels sitting in the back, then trading it all away to help people in impoverished nations such as Liberia have the chance to drink and wash using clean water.

The stories that Harrison tells allow him to connect with his audience on an emotional level.

Steve Jobs – Speak in the Familiar

A list kickass public speaking presentation tips would be incomplete without presentation tips from Steve Jobs.

The late computer whiz kid, wearer of stylish black turtlenecks, and face of Apple, Jobs is a prime candidate for presentation case studies because when on stage, he was articulate, nimble, and steadfast.

One of his most overlooked skills was making technical jargon sound simple, dare we even say fun? That’s quite an accomplishment when you consider how boring (yet also confusing) computers can be for most people. When the iPod was launched in 2001, Jobs was at his peak performance. A brilliant example of his ability to speak in layman’s terms came when he presented the iPod as “1000 songs in your pocket.”

Whoa! Maybe an egghead like Bill Gates would’ve been a bit more technical (or maybe just less exciting – remember the Zune?) But Steve Jobs knew that is was important to make his devices not only function as simply as possible – anyone who has seen a toddler pick up an iPad and start playing with it recognizes the intuitive design central to the Apple brand – but to also describe them as simply as possible.

His brilliance as a speaker who knew how to tell the facts without confusing people is what set him apart, and it’s something that you should keep in mind when it’s your turn to speak.

Conclusion

How about you? What are your best presentation tips for public speaking? Are there other awesome public speakers we didn’t talk about here that you think we should know about? Sound off in the comments below!

Lastly, do you have a friend that could benefit from learning about these public speaking tips? If so, email them the link to this post.

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Hungry for more presentation tips from influential speakers? Want to know more about how to deliver a kickass presentation? Check out some of these posts:

How Tim Ferriss Structures His PowerPoint Presentations (And Five Other Useful Public Speaking Tips)

Is It OK To Swear During Your Presentation?

20 Killer Presentation Accessories For Public Speaking

Image Credits

Benjy Feen – Tim Ferriss  , Pop Tech – Amy Cuddy , Silicon Prairie News – Gary Vaynerchuk , Joi Ito – Seth Godin , ShashiBellamkonda – Lewis Howes , Front – Nancy Duarte , Daniel Wickburg – Brian Tracy , Randy Stewart – Tony Robbins , Official Leweb Photos – Scott Harrison , The Taxhaven – Steve Jobs

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20 Killer Presentation Accessories For Public Speaking

Your palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy.

No, you’re not about to step into a rap battle with Eminem. You’re about to deliver the presentation of a lifetime, and if you’re gonna nail it, you better be showing up with more than just your PowerPoint or Prezi presentation and a laptop. Your presentation toolbox should contain an arsenal of deadly weapons that help you give the delivery of a lifetime.

Oh ya! … It’s time to start packing for your presentations like a ninja!

To make sure that you ace your next big spiel — whether it’s in front of the board of directors, a new angel investor, or potential customers — we want to share with you 20 killer presentation survival tips that will make all the difference.

Presentation Tool #1. Presentation Remote

 

Don’t end up tied to your computer or podium! You want to be fluid when you give a presentation and free to walk around; think of how iconic Steve Jobs looked, being able to walk around stage during his talks. Remember that motion creates emotion (just don’t get too motion-crazy or you might make someone in your audience seasick). That’s why you need to always have a wireless Bluetooth presentation remote.

Presentation remotes come in different forms:

* Traditional Bluetooth remote. We carry the Logitech Professional Presenter R800 with Green Laser Pointer for presentations, but that’s just us.

* Smartphone Remote – There are plenty of apps you can download to control your PowerPoint presentation from your phone — Google makes one especially for Android phones. If you have a Windows phone you can control your PowerPoint straight from your phone.

Presentation Tool #2. Portable Speakers

Many conference rooms have speakers already set up and ready to go, since there may be times that you need to play an important video clip during your presentation or maybe need to speak to a larger audience. If your luck is rotten and the audio equipment in the room is not working correctly, that could spell disaster. So take matters into your own hands and bring along a portable Bluetooth speaker, just in case! We recommend the Beats Pill due to its great design, rich sound, and almost-fits-in-the-palm-of-your-hand portability.

Presentation Tool #3. Thumb drive, External Hard Drive, or The Cloud

It’s easy to fall for the temptation of emailing yourself your presentation or keeping it stored on your laptop. Not to make you paranoid, but what happens if your email is hacked, or your laptop crashes? You always want to have a backup of your important presentation whether it’s on a physical thumb drive, an external hard drive, or in the cloud with Dropbox or Google Drive.

Presentation Tool #4. Notepad and Pen

It would look pretty unprofessional of you to not be involved in a conference — whether as a speaker or as a presenter. Be prepared to be asked lots of questions when you give your presentation and write them down, otherwise you will surely forget (and look sort of like a doofus). There is also a good chance your audience will ask for certain follow up items so you need to remember what those follow up items are. An essential element in any presenters toolbox is a good notebook; we recommend splurging on a Moleskine, because they hold up well over a long period of time and give a professional, polished vibe to your presentation.

Presentation Tool #5. Diet Coke (Or Whatever Else Gets You Energized)

OK, so we can’t claim credit for this tip. This is actually a presentation tip from Tim Ferriss. He gets a caffeine buzz going by taking one 16-oz. Diet Coke 45 minutes prior to speaking and another about 20 minutes prior to speaking. Yes, Diet Coke will give you hairy palms and insomnia, but the caffeine dosage has worked well for him when taking the stage, as anyone who has seen him talk will attest.

If you get jittery when you drink coffee or Diet Coke, this might be one to avoid, or you may just want to limit Ferriss’s Diet Coke technique to only one, right before the presentation. Or drink some orange juice or a chocolate milkshake or whatever it is that gives you a good buzz.

Presentation Tool #6. Water

We hate to sound like your mom, but you really should drink water, all the time, because hydration is good for the body. It’s an essential public speaking tool, because when you’re up speaking you need water from time to time to keep your mouth from getting dry. Not to mention, there’s a chance that all that adrenalin coursing through you will get you a bit sweaty.

Presentation Tool #7. Mints

We’re getting ahead of ourselves a little bit, since technically this is more of a post presentation tip. But anyways! When you’re answering questions after you talk you want to make sure you are feeling and smelling fresh. Obviously you should know better than chewing gum, since that looks super unprofessional and you don’t want to look like a cow chewing its cud after a meal. Altoids are yummy and come in handy little carrying packs. Another great alternative are Ricola cough drops, which taste great and also soothe your throat if you’ve really been talking your jaw off.

Presentation Tool #8. Business Cards

You’d think this wouldn’t need to be on a list of business presentation gadgets, but we’ve made this mistake ourselves more than once. After you’ve just nailed your presentation, all your new fans are going to want to get in touch with you. How are people supposed to get in contact after you just gave a great presentation? Make sure to bring plenty of cards to pass out afterwards. If you happen to be looking for a sleek and stylish business card click here.

Presentation Tool #9. Backpack or Laptop Briefcase

You want to make sure that all the awesome presentation tools and accessories that we are talking about in this article are properly cocooned from any potential damage, and also because you want to look as professional as possible when you enter the conference room to deliver your presentation. Invest in a quality bag to carry all of your stuff, and consider something that is waterproof in case it rains.

Presentation Tool #10. Handouts for Your Audience

A great way to really make an impact with whoever you’re speaking to is to give them something to take with them when the presentation is finished. Think about what you want to give your audience during the presentation, and what you want to leave behind for you audience to keep.

Do you want to leave behind a printed copy of the presentation? Maybe a brochure of your company? Think about what you can leave behind besides your business card.

Of course you can also email them something as a follow up but sometimes a physical copy can be more memorable than an attachment in an email.

Presentation Tool #11. Laptop Display Adapters

You always want to make sure that your laptop is going to be compatible with the display equipment (most often this would be a flat screen TV these days).

If you have a newer laptop there is a good chance that it no longer has the classic VGA port that we are all accustomed to. Most of these VGA ports have been replaced by HDMI ports, rendering them mostly obsolete.

Except for the conference room you’re presenting in, which for some reason is still set up to run off of VGA adapters. Just your luck! Be prepared for the worst and keep an HDMI to VGA adapters to solve this issue.

Presentation Tool #12. Tablet

Sometimes having a tablet such as an iPad Mini is all you need to get your message across. It can come in handy if you want to present and then take notes using your laptop. This can be useful if you are getting lots of questions and follow up items and you prefer to type rather than write. An iPad mini can also come in handy if you’re presenting 1 on 1 to somebody at your local coffee shop and don’t want your larger laptop in the way looking ostentatious.

Presentation Tool #13. Smartphone

Pretty much everyone these days has a smartphone, and as we’ve already pointed out, you can use yours to download a remote app. But there are other reasons why you should carry your smartphone with you.

* You can use your phone to set a timer if you’re under a strict time limit

* You can use your phone to poll your audience (more on that next)

* You can use your phone as a remote

* You can throw your phone at hecklers (just kidding, don’t do that)

 Presentation Tool #14. Live Audience Polling Software

The best presentations are the ones that are the most engaging. If you are delivering a presentation to a decent-sized audience you may want to make the presentation more interactive by polling your audience live.

One way to do this is by using a audience polling technology software like PollEverywhere. The way the app works is by typing in a question, selecting the kind of poll you want to make, and then sharing it with your audience in real time. They can answer the poll using their mobile phones, or Twitter. What’s really neat about this type of PowerPoint polling software is it brings about the possibility of integrating your presentation into the rest of the world, not confining it to the conference room.

Presentation Tool #15. Computer Mouse

If you are making your presentation from a laptop, it helps to have a mouse with you. A mouse will make you faster and more efficient than the trackpad built into the laptop. Every serious video gamer reading this right now is nodding in agreement with us.

Presentation Tool #16. Watch

While many people don’t carry a watch anymore due to smartphones replacing them, they can still be of use when it comes to presentations. This can especially be true if you’re on stage and you want to be able to quickly glance at the time without fumbling around with your phone in front of everyone.

Presentation Tool #17. Microphone

You literally must be heard if you are going to have an effective presentation. If you’re speaking in front of a large group of people you will probably need a microphone. Most of the time a mic will be provided for you but having a backup of your own can’t hurt.  

Presentation Tool #18. Batteries

Just in case you forget to fully charge your phone or laptop, you’ll also want an extra set or two of batteries for every device you use. Take inventory and have plenty of extras on hand. If your client or conference room staff agrees to supply these devices, ask if they also supply fresh batteries.

Presentation Tool #19. Extension Cord and Power Adapter

One extension cord is probably enough if you also have a power strip handy. The cord’s length is up to you, but the longer the better.  Never know how far away your device(s) will be from an outlet. Just be prepared to secure it and stow the coiled up excess in a safe spot, perhaps under your table or on a podium shelf. Also carry a plug adaptor if you’re delivering your talk in an older building, since many of them still have two-prong outlets. Also, if you’re going to a different part of the world for a presentation, don’t forget to bring an adaptor with you!

Presentation Tool #20. Duct Tape

Duct tape is useful for more than MacGyver episodes. You can purchase duct tape in travel-size rolls. It’s worth having around to tape down and secure extension cords and other objects that could potentially be tripped on while you’re speaking.

Don’t forget your own small space either. Tripping on a cord in the middle of a presentation is embarrassing and could displace equipment or even bring the presentation to a halt while you replug, reboot, and pretend that didn’t just happen in front of people you’re supposed to be impressing.

Presentation Bonus Tool: Video Camera

But wait! There’s more! If you have a spectacular presentation (that is not subject to NDAs or other confidentiality agreements) then why not share it with the rest of the world?  Set up your favorite video camera, record the whole thing, and then broadcast it on YouTube like you’re the next big TED talks darling.

Reviewing presentation on video can also turn you into a better presenter. You may hate seeing yourself on video but it will make you aware of what your doing right and what you can improve on.

Conclusion

Preparing, sustaining, and ending a presentation with few to no glitches require a lot of foresight. Some of these tools will serve you well while others just may not be part of your personal style. 

Choose what works best for you and have fun choosing your alternatives. And even if you don’t foresee needing to use any of these tools, if you’re going to be at a conference where others are also speaking, consider bringing a few extras for others. Imagine a scenario where another important speaker has forgotten something crucial like and HDMI cable, and then you step forward with yours. What a great way to make an instant, positive connection with someone else!

Alright, we’re out — when it’s your turn to step up, don’t forget these presentation tools at home. And going back to our Eminem reference don’t forget to lose yourself, because this might be the only shot you get ;)

Photo Credits

Video Camera – VFS Digital Design – Ryan Honey

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This Beautiful PowerPoint Template Will Make You STAND OUT! Introducing Influencer … Panda’s Premier Presentation Template!

 

Greetings, Presentation Pandas! As you know, we’ve been talking about the benefits of professional presentation templates for a long time. Like ballroom dancing, football touchdown celebrations, and Italian sports cars, sometimes presentations need to look fancy, which is when a professional template can really come in handy.

Here are some of the things the best powerpoint templates on the market have to offer:

Save Loads of Time – With a professional template, you can focus more on honing your message and less on building a template framework. Leave the design part to the designers.

Elegant Design – The templates are clean, minimal, and look amazing. That’s EXACTLY what you should be focusing on when you create a presentation.

100% Customizable – A good presentation template is easy to customize. Simply add your text and swap out any images, graphics, or colors that you do not want. It should always be that easy.

Designed for PowerPoint – A good templates is designed to be edited directly in PowerPoint. You do not need any additional software.

Clever Animations Included – Even the best PowerPoint template in the world can look a bit amateur without some slick animations. A good template features custom animations built right into it. And if you decide that animations are not ideal for your presentation, you can easily remove them.

Customer Support – If you ever have any questions about a template you should be able to talk to the person who designed it. Whereas if you design a presentation yourself, you don’t really have anyone else who can help you (unless you’re lucky enough to have an intern you can boss around!) All you need to do is leave a comment and the person who designed the template will get back to you quickly.

At this point you must be wondering where this is all going; after all, we have recommended several of the best PowerPoint templates around over the years. But still our team of Panda’s felt a strong yearning to create our own MAGICAL template that could take your presentations to the next level. So after many a day and night of diligent work, many cups of coffee, and a veritable landfill’s worth of trash bins overflowing with scrapped designs, we have finally developed a professional presentation template that truly rocks! 

Were calling this amazing template Influencer. Click here to download your copy right now!

In this article, we’re going to explain exactly what this template offers, why it ROCKS and why you need to download it right away to use for pretty much every presentation you will ever make it again.

Are you excited? We sure are! Let’s get started!

How about a video to kick things off …

And now let’s run through the key features of the Influencer PowerPoint Template

200 Uniquely Crafted PowerPoint Slides

 

Variety is the spice of life, and it’s also critical for creating awesome looking PowerPoint slides. Who wants to see the same boring layout on every single slide? A lot of love and tender care went into making each and every slide–we developed 200 unique slides for you to pick and choose from!!

Yes, we just said 200 slides!

Without coming off as clichéd and overly hyperbolic, the possibilities are pretty much endless. Obviously your next presentation is not going to be 200 slides (or at least we hope not) but we wanted to give you a complete arsenal of good looking slides that you can pick and choose from. We put in a crazy amount of hours to make sure that each and every slide you choose rocks!

There are 12 well organized sections in total; here’s a rundown of what you can expect from each section:

Introduction – Make a positive first impression with an eye-popping display of your company name and logo. Impress your audience with the mission statement template, featuring a half-screen image with your company’s M.O. Or you can include some really cool slides such as a statement from your CEO or a really cool chronological post showing your company’s timeline of growth from past until present.

Team – Show off the members of your team (even if it’s just a team of one) with split screen bio pages that feature headshots of individual members on one side and their accolades, career background, and achievements on the other. You can also include bio pages with multiple team members listed and small bio blurbs beneath each member’s headshot, such as “Bob Smith, Accounting” or “Suzy Jones, Fantasy football junkie and baker extraordinaire.”

Services – You can’t successfully pitch investors or your next big client without talking about what sort of services your company brings to the table. We offer you multiple templates that break down your services in a DYNAMIC manner with the inclusion of customizable infographics. Or you can go for a more informal “what we do” slide that lists your services bullet-style.

Devices – If you are selling a product of some kind, there’s a good chance that it’s an app or other kind of software that runs on a specific device. So we’ve included templates that show off how your app works while running on a smartphone, or how Bluetooth connectivity is part of the package. Yeah, we pretty much thought of everything.

Customer Analysis – If it is really important for your presentation to talk about who your customers are and what sort of demographics they come from, you will really appreciate these slides. The customer segment profile shows a typical customer and features lots of cool icons jutting out of her—kind of like the guy from that classical children’s game “operation,” but without listing parts of human anatomy.

Portfolio – For agencies or firms that need to include case studies or examples of their work, this section gives you lots of predesigned templates that show off what your team has already accomplished for previous clients. Nothing sells better than experience!

Charts & Tables – Inevitably, you will have to include data in your presentation. That’s why we included templates that show off quantifiable information in a way that –for once!—isn’t boring and stale. All of our graphs are super easy to edit and can be changed directly in PowerPoint.

Business Analytics – You gotta be able to show off what sort of things you do; those numbers are really important, but they should look good when you do it. We have provided slick templates that can be easily edited to include the data that backs up your business.

Infographics – Everyone loves a good infographic! We came up with tons of really cool ones. A competitor analysis infographic features a honeycomb-shaped graph with alternating colored panels that give away little tidbits of data.

Project Management – Our project management slides help you break down the different ways that your team tackles your work. Beautiful background images combined with simple step-by-step breakdowns help you illustrate how your team will get the job done.

Maps – If you want to include the location of your office near the end of your slide or if it’s important to include map features in your presentation, we’ve given you plenty of sleek looking maps to choose from.

Closing & Other – It’s just as important to go out with a bang as it is to start with one, so we have designed powerful closing slides that feature strong customizable CTAs and inspiring images to convince your audience that you are the right choice for them. We have also included plenty of “bonus slides” including multiple title slide variations.

 

Size Formats 16:9 and 4:3

Responsive design is a touchstone of so much that goes into making everything from apps to websites to PowerPoint slides these days. That is why we created templates in two different size formats, so that when you go about the process of setting up your slideshow, you will not have to worry that your sizing is off. Nothing ruins presentations like having slides that are not the proper dimensions for the projector or TV monitor they are being displayed on! You have two options when it comes to size formatting:

16:9, or widescreen. This is becoming the standard for presentations and is actually the default size in PowerPoint. So I imagine that most people will prefer to work with this size format. You will be able to better maximize the dimensions of the media you use in your presentation, which will look so much better. This will look good on any kind of screen, from your laptop to a full-size 52” monitor in the company conference room.

4:3, or square. If you plan on handing out copies of your slide to members of your audience, this is an ideal size. For people who need to print their slides on normal 8.5” x 11” paper this format is preferable as it fills the page better and is a little less awkward than using a 16:9 ratio.

Two Themes – Dark and Light

You have two choices when it comes to your theme: light or dark. Depending on the topic at hand you might feel that using a white background will look better and be more suitable for the tone or mood. On the other hand, maybe a dark background will help you stand out better and make for a more impressive presentation. We were not completely sure ourselves which one you would prefer, so that is why we created two themes, so you can figure that part out yourself! The most important thing is that they both look really good, right?

Three Colorful Options for Each Theme

On top of giving you dark and light options for your theme, we also created three different color schemes in both the dark and light theme. That comes to a total of six varying theme color possibilities, if you are keeping score at home. The options you have are red/yellow, purple, and blue. Blue is always a safe bet for more formal kinds of projects and presentations, while purple, red and yellow are a bit more edgy. But maybe edge is what you are looking for? We want to make certain that you have all the options you need to select the best looking theme possible for your presentation. Of course if you have a totally different color in mind you can easily edit the colors of presentation to the color of your choice.

Tons of High Quality Images Included

As we have pointed out before, you should absolutely avoid using cheesy stock images at all costs.  There is a good reason that we decided to take care of finding images for you; too many times we have seen people fall victim to picking out weird looking or downright dumb stock images. So we have made sure to include tons of sleek looking commercial free images throughout the entire template. You do not have to trawl endlessly through Google Images or Shutterstock to find good pictures for your presentation; we have done that for you! Besides saving you a ton of time from having to search for the images yourself, we have also ensured that you have nothing to worry about copyright infringement (accidental or otherwise) because all the images we have used in the slide templates either came free to download or we bought the rights to them.

That means that you, too, have the rights to them. Which means that you can edit them as you please At your fingertips are hi-res photos that make for elegant slide backgrounds, or practical stock images that look great as part of your design. It’s all up for you to decide.

And if you want to swap out images it’s super simple. We’ve even included a handy “Help Guide” that shows you how step-by-step. More on that further down below.

Tons of Easy to Edit Vector Graphics

There are tons of captivating graphics in this template; everything from presentation graphics to customer analysis data boxes is included. Our designers have made it as simple as possible to pick and choose the vector that best fits your presentation. What’s awesome is that you can easily change the size and colors of the graphics DIRECTLY IN POWERPOINT (no additional software needed), so you don’t need to be some smarmy graphic designer with many years of experience messing around with slides (leave that part to us). When you find the right vector graphics for our presentation it is really easy to insert display text, change the color of the vector, or manipulate the size or placement according to your needs.

Over 500 Ready to Use and Easy to Edit Vector Icons

Oh man, we busted our butts on this one FOREVER. The template is filled with sleek and modern looking icons; in fact, we have included a set of over 500 icons that you can choose from. Since the icons are vectors, you can also easily modify the icons by changing the color and size.

You should really see the variety of icons we have available! We pretty much thought of every possible presentation topic or scenario that you would be in when we were cobbling together this huge list of icons. To name but a few:

  • General Icons
  • Technology Related Icons
  • Payment Related Icons
  • Web Related Icons
  • Location Related Icons
  • Arrows and Direction Related Icons
  • Weather Related Icons
  • Social Media Related Icons
  • And Much More

Two Free Fonts That Go Together Perfectly

You gotta have a good header/display font combo if you’re gonna properly rock your presentation. We picked two fonts that go really well together: Bebas Neue and Calibri. We have been talking about Bebas Neue for years (OK, maybe since last year)! The font rocks and simply had to be in our template. It also sounds kind of funny. We’ll wait while you say it out loud and then laugh because we’re right.

So even though Bebas Neue is a pretty sweet lookin’ font, bro, it does not come with the Microsoft Office suite. Does that mean you have to pay for it? Absolutely not! Bebas Neue is a FREE font that can be easily be downloaded from Font Squirrel. Don’t worry we walk you through how to easily install the font step-by-step with our handy Help Guide that is included with the presentation template.

Bebas Neue also goes really well with Calibri which is a font that already comes with PowerPoint. That means you do not need to waste extra time searching for the right font combo, you do not to spend money on paying for the right font, and you get to focus on creating the baddest PowerPoint presentation possible.

If for some reason your heart is set on a different font (just please not Times New Roman), you can always change up the fonts accordingly. Just use your best judgment—in case you are stuck for good font recommendations, you can always shoot us a quick email or refer to the many blog posts we have written for guidance on making the right choice.

A Clickable “Choose Your Own Adventure” Options Menu

Remember those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books from the 1980s? Those were pretty sweet! You got to go on a mountain climbing expedition or step through a time warp portal and explore a future dystopia controlled by weird dolphin alien hybrid creatures! We took a fresh approach to template design by allowing the template to have a “Choose Your Own Adventure” table of contents. While you can’t end up on the slopes of Mt. Everest or in the slippery clutches of not-so-benevolent dolphin aliens with our table of contents, picking and choosing the perfect PowerPoint slide is now as easy as ever. With this format you can easily jump to any of the 12 sections in the template by clicking on any of the tiles on the slide. Clever right?

How this works in practice is pretty neat. Let’s say that you, the co-founder of a startup selling cool new coffee roasting machines, have to give a pitch presentation to a big tech incubator in San Francisco. In this case, you may find it important to skip to the yourgreat company bio section, since you are so new and people will want to know who you are and what your company was founded to do (in this case sell quality coffee roasting products). You will also want to talk about your strategy for growth, your target demographics, and discuss who you see as the competition. In that case you will probably want to take your audience through our pre-designed slides for “Introduction,” “Our Team” (maybe just you and your co-founder), “Customer Analysis,” “Business Analysis,” and of course a good “Closing” slide to deliver a strong finish. The nice thing about the clickable table of contents is that you can skip to any section in the presentation with a single click of the mouse. No more fumbling through the entire deck to find the particular section you are looking for.

Parallax Scrolling

Parralax scrolling is an innovative trend in web design that has been around for a number of years now but has recently become quite vogue. In case that term sounds familiar but you aren’t quite sure what parallax is: it’s a technique where background images move down the screen more slowly than foreground images, which creates a sensation of depth and adds to your user’s immersion and heightens their viewing experience. We implemented this style into several slides throughout the presentation, because it would be kind of selling you short to create an aesthetically pleasing slide template set but not give you beautiful and elegant animation effects to complement it and make it really come alive. This technique adds a new dynamic layer to the slides, and it is the sort of subtle detail that will give your presentation an extra bit of oomph.

Here are a few examples of our parallax scrolling in action, in case you are curious:


Over here, you can see how this slide fills in the agenda for a meeting with horizontally moving topic headers, filling in one below the other. Once the first slide is full, there is a vertical sliding transition to move down the image (don’t you just love these minimalist urban cityscape photos?), followed by the same horizontal topic headers. Parallax is the epitome of smoothness and having these slides at your disposal will only make you and your team look smoother.


For this “Why Work With Us?” slide you can see a few different animations happening. First of all, each one of the talking points fills in vertically up the screen. Then once the talking points have all filled into place, the screen slides vertically in the reverse direction that the talking points were appearing in. It’s smooth and just looks too darn cool!

Clever Animations and Transitions

Almost every slide has clever animations and transitions that made the slide pop even further.

You have to see them live to truly appreciate them. The benefit of animations is that they help introduce the elements of the slide one at time, creating visual separation and letting you carry on your talking points at a rate that is more comfortable for your audience. It also makes it easier for your audience to follow along, since they are not being bombarded with the entire presentation slide all at once.

Not to mention, these animations also look really cool (at least we think so). It’s not like there are any weird Windows 98 PowerPoint animations in here; everything is slick and tasteful (in other words, no shimmering text or images that bounce around your screen before settling into the right place). Of course, you might think that they can get a bit distracting, so if you don’t want the animations you can easily turn them off.

Here’s some more examples of the templates cool animations, just because we feel like it:



Look at how awesome these are! You are practically guaranteed to have someone come up to you after you finish your presentation – which you will probably rock – and ask you how you thought of all these nifty animations and graphics. Then you can just wink at them and say you have a really great design team.

Easy to Understand Help Guide

In case you are stuck with customizing things the way you want, we have put together an easy to follow help guide that shows you step-by-step how to customize the template to fit your needs. Everything from messing around with vector graphics to replacing all the images can be found in the Help Guide. If for some reason the help guide does not answer your question, don’t forget that your questions might already be answered here or on other blog posts on this website. The only thing that does not come with the help guide is actual, real life customer support. Oh wait! We’ve got that too . . .

Fast Customer Support

While this template is EXTREMELY easy to edit and should prove to be the best presentation tool you have at your disposal, our team of highly trained and PowerPoint-savvy customer service pandas provides fast and agile support to answer questions you may have. We make our absolute best effort to reply to all queries within 24 hours during the week, although if you have a question for us on the weekend it will have to wait until Monday, because pandas get kind of grumpy when they have to head into the office on Sundays. No one wants to deal with grumpy pandas; we’re sure you understand.

Conclusion

So, you’ve heard our spiel about how this new PowerPoint template is going to do amazing things for your presentation.

It’s got oodles of great features and content! You have over 200 custom-made slides that cover everything from your company bio to your portfolio for sharing case studies to easily editable infographics and vectors that look awesome and are so much cooler than old fashioned pie charts and bar graphs (but those come with the package too if you need them). The slides come adapted to two main size formats so that you have perfectly proportioned slides and handouts for your audience.

There are three total color combinations to customize your theme with, so that it looks and feels right. Hundreds of high quality images come included in the template and ready to use as they are or edit as you please. There are many awesome looking and completely editable vector graphics for you to use, plus over 500 icons that suit literally every possible topic imaginable. You will not have to go searching on the internet for other icons to use in your presentation!

You also get the lovely font combination of Bebas Neue and Calibri to grace the text of your slides, a really easy pick and choose menu of slide templates in twelve different categories, beautiful parallax scrolling to wow your audience along with stunning transitions and animations for an elegant and enhanced viewing experience, not to mention first-class customer support from a team of design professionals who handle any queries with efficiency and urgency.

By now you are hopefully asking where you can get this excellent set of awesome slides. You can download the Influencer template on Graphic River today by clicking here. It will save you tons of time and make your next presentation stand out from the rest of the mediocre presentations out there today. You can use the template as much as you like, forever, so think of it as a good investment in your future business endeavors.

Alright then, it sounds like a good investment! But how much is it going to cost to get? Aren’t these things supposed to be expensive? Not in this case. Which is pretty amazing when you think about it – when we have clients who hire us to create custom-made one-use presentations the cost runs into the thousands of dollars. Whereas downloading the Influencer template – the last presentation template you will ever need, ever — only costs you $20. How much would you be willing to pay to crush your next presentation? Wouldn’t you hand over $20 for that extra bit of confidence to know you had a kickass designed PowerPoint presentation?

We’ll stop the sales schtick now; you know what to do! See you at the finish line and best of luck with your next presentation!

Click here to download the Influencer PowerPoint Template right now!

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