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How much info should you place on a slide?

October 21, 2009

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One way you can help your PowerPoint slides support you is to avoid placing extraneous words on the screen. Your audience will attempt to read everything you show them, so don’t just put up a data sheet to show an image of your product. Everyone will try to read and absorb all the data and […]

New News Is Good News

October 15, 2009

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Needless to say (but I will), it was a relief to read today’s headline on MSNBC.com: “Recession Ends in 79 Metros.” An index compiled by the news outlet and Moody’s Economy.com showed that the recession ended in August for one of every five metro areas in the United States. That was the first month this […]

Avoiding the point in your presentation

October 12, 2009

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PowerPoint slides should support you, not vice versa.  You should avoid turning toward the screen (i.e., away from your audience) to refer to slides or to point something out.  Place a laptop computer on a table in front of you and use a wireless mouse to change the slides.  In this way, you can always […]

Congratulations, kid, now be quiet and eat your Pop Tart

October 6, 2009

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Today we read the following from CNN: “The Center for Science in the Public Interest listed the following foods, in descending order, as the most risky in terms of outbreaks: leafy greens, eggs, tuna, oysters, potatoes, cheese, ice cream, tomatoes, sprouts and berries. The scientists rated these foods, all of them regulated by the Food […]

Fifty Years After the Twilight Zone, Creepiness Abides

October 4, 2009

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This month, a time of creepy-scary Halloween visions, marks the 50th anniversary of the creepiest, scariest—and most intelligent and entertaining—science fiction series of all time: The Twilight Zone. From its first broadcast in 1959, each program kept its huge fan base guessing right up to the last twist. When the covered-wagon leader walked over the […]

Improving eye contact when speaking from a script

October 2, 2009

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The most effective presenters do all they can to sustain eye contact with their audience.  But if you must present from notes or a script,  consider a few tips for staying connected with listeners instead of burying your head in the pages on the lectern.  Instead of randomly bobbing your head up and down as […]