Podcast 3: How to Design Presentations Quickly


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Fearless Presentations ® PodcastThis session explains how to design entire presentations from start to finish in minutes versus hours or days. Doug Staneart explains the different types of presentations and how to determine what content (and how many bullet points) are needed for each type of presentation. If you follow this format, you can design your entire presentation very quickly and easily. We also have a new TechFind this week which helps you design fantastic visuals without having to hire a graphic designer. The Fearless Presentations ® Podcast is being offered as a way to access content from the 2-day Fearless Presentations ® classes via MP3 or podcasting services. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast to make sure you receive new episodes as they are released.

Tech Find: Canva

Canva ScreenshotI am not a graphic designer, and I’m not a very “technical” kind of person, so I LOVE Canva (http://www.canva.com). This is a website that allows you to both create images and visual aids from scratch and to also edit or customize photos and graphic with a point and click style of interface. For presentations, you can use Canva to make custom images for PowerPoint and Prezi presentations. You can also use it to customize your backgrounds for your slides. Finally, Canva is a fantastic tool to help create handouts or infographics for your presentations. The best part about the tool, though, is that they offer templates that you can use that are specifically designed for the use. For instance, they have handout templates and even Facebook and Twitter image templates so that if you upload the images to social media sites, they look perfectly. This is one of my most used presentation helpers!

Hot Topic: How to Design a Presentation Quickly

One of the things from our two-day public speaking class that people tend to resist is that we can give a “generic” presentation design format that will fit any presentation. So, the first part of this podcast explains how we came up with this format and how flexible the format is. Doug references this image on the podcast a few times.

Types of Speeches

This diagram explains that, although there are dozens of different types of speeches, they all have similar structural characteristics. Each type of presentations has both “Content”, information or data point, and “Emotion”, items that elicit an emotional response from the audience. On the far left side of the chart are presentations that are for entertainment or to generate a feeling and the ones on the right side are presentations that are designed for knowledge or content. Although some people in the business world may want to design a specific presentation to just entertain an audience, they are pretty rare. And, although some people in the business world may want to be content-heavy, those presentations can be pretty boring. So, in the 2-Day Fearless Presentations® class, we teach people to be somewhere in the center where we are giving solid content, but also making the content interesting.

The chart below shows how to adjust the number of bullet points or main items in your presentation along with the types of supporting evidence to fit each type of presentation.

As you can see, the farther to the left that you go, the fewer bullet points you want to have and the more stories or examples that you want for each item covered. The farther right that you go, the more bullets and fewer stories you will have. So, if you are giving a eulogy or an after dinner speech, you may only have a single theme or main item, but you might have three stories that explain that theme. If you are giving a lecture, you make have five main points and just a few examples or stories. We encourage people in the business world to design presentations in the center, though. Limit your presentation to three to five bullet points, and give a story or and example for each point along with an additional piece of evidence like an analogy, quote, or visual aid.

In future sessions, we’ll show you have to choose really good support material and how to organize your stories for the best results.

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