modernpresenter

A Microsoft Speechwriter lets you in on the secrets to making a great presentation

December, 2010

  • Slide Re-Use is Audience Abuse!

    Today's subject is all about whether you should re-use other people slides in your PowerPoint deck. This is a once good practice that has been terribly abused. It all starts innocently enough, say John gives a great presentation and then Fred finds...
  • MPM Step #2: Storyboarding - Fast, Easy, and Useful

    The second major step in the Modern Presentation Method (MPM) is Storyboarding. In this step, we are going to take our work from Visualization and craft a great story. Storyboarding is a very quick process and should not take you much time at all. The...
  • Visualization Checklist

    Whew, I know that was a lot of content. But, Visualization does not have to take much time. To help you walk through it, here is a simple checklist that I fill out anytime I have a presentation to do. It is simple and walks you through each...
  • How to Visualize a Great Presentation - Part Three

    When we left off, with the presenter having by now figured out the background info on what the presentation is about, what the audience needs, what the presenter needs, and what type of presentation they are doing (Pitching, Organizing, or Teaching)....
  • How to Visualize a Great Presentation - Part Two: The Presentation Spectrum

    Today, we'll cover the second part of Visualization which is how the presenter decides what type of presentation they are giving. Have you ever sat through a presentation and wondered, what's the point? Felt as though the basic premise of the presentation...
  • How to Visualize a Great Presentation - Part One

    Let's dive into the Modern Presentation Method (MPM) and cover how to Visualize a great presentation. I'm going to do it in three posts. This one, the first, introduces Visualization and covers the first three steps. The second post will be about something...
  • Time Management and MPM

    If you are like me, one of the top things you worry about whenever you start a project, is how much time should I spend on each item in my work back schedule? This is a difficult question when it comes to presentations, but here are some basic Modern...
  • Presenter Tools - Part One

    So first off, what software should you have? Well for all presenters, Microsoft Office 2010 of course. I have found that for the majority of presentations, whether on screen or on paper, I will use PowerPoint, Word, and/or Excel at some point in...
  • Dark Room = Dark Slide Background

    Saturday afternoon and I'm going to take a few minutes away from the first bowl games of the year. As a result, this post will be pretty quick. Today I want to riff on slide backgrounds. People ask me all the time, should I use a light one or...
  • What is the Modern Presentation Method?

    Six years ago, when I first started doing executive level presentations I was stunned to find out that there was no easy to use process for building a great presentation! For the first year or so I muddled my way through as best as I could. Luckily, I...
  • The Modern Presentation Method - It's Not All About PowerPoint!

    So here's key point #1…..The method that I'm proposing for presenting does not exclusively use PowerPoint to display content. GASP! How can a Microsoft speechwriter say such a dastardly thing, you cry in alarm! Relax, I love PowerPoint...
  • Hello World!

    Howdy, my name is Dave Karle but friends call me DK. For the last five and a half years I have worked extensively with senior executives from hundreds of companies around the world in the IT industry. During that time, I have written hundreds of...