modernpresenter

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

February, 2011

  • Post 2 Today - The Incredible, Edible INFOGRAPHIC

    If you haven't figured it out by now, one of the most important things that I recommend you do is to take your presentation and instead of projecting it on screen, print it out and give it to your audience ( FOR ORGANIZING AND TEACHING PRESENTATIONS only...
  • Post 1 Today - Game Postponed On Account Of Snow

    Sports fans, our Colonel (O6) presentation taste test has been postponed because of snow. On Wednesday night, it snowed approximately 2 - 3 inches in the Seattle area and accordingly the population panicked, with the result, being roads clogged with spun...
  • A Company Training Meeting Template

    No one in the Army like training meetings. I know that I hated them. Someone gets up and presents a stunningly long deck of slides that eventually numbs the audience into resigned acceptance. In fact, yesterday I was talking with a hard charging 11B E7...
  • Training Breakthrough - One Army Unit is converted to The Modern Presentation Method

    Sorry for being so late, but today I have been busy, secretly training a unit of the US. Army in how to improve their briefings using the Modern Presentation Method. The training was a huge success, the officers and NCOs involved are excited to try out...
  • Stopping the Never Ending Story - For Sellers and Marketers

    Today's blog post is for all of you out there who use presentations to sell or market to an end customer. These are Pitch Presentations . Now, one of the most annoying problems in presenting today is something called the Never Ending Story. This...
  • Stephen Kosslyn - Brain Ninja

    Wow! Just finished meeting with Stephen Kosslyn PHD, former Dean of Social Sciences at Harvard , currently the Director for the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford . Dean Kosslyn is a pioneer in the world of cognitive neuroscience...
  • Slide Karaoke - Stop The Madness

    Slide Karaoke is problem #1 with most presentations today. Slide Karaoke is when a presenter puts up a slide with a bunch of text with bullets on it and then proceeds to read each bullet to the audience. Here's the problem with Slide Karaoke...
  • BAM! Your Modern Presentation Method Cubicle Poster Has Arrived!

    All right, people have been asking me all week, do you have a single slide that shows what the Modern Presentation Method is? So here it. The five steps are outlined (Visualize, Storyboard, Build, Rehearse, and Execute), if the method varies by presenter...
  • Steal This Super Blue Template!

    It has been a crazy week! I spent most of it at the Microsoft - US Army Symposium talking about how the Modern Presentation Method can help the Army save time and drive better presentation outcomes. They loved it! More to come on that in future weeks...
  • Microsoft - US Army 2011 Symposium

    At the US Army - Microsoft 2011 technology symposium for the next 3 days so I don't know how much time I will have to post. Have a ton of side meetings to talk about how the Army can use the Modern Presentation Method to help them improve their internal...
  • Converting an Old Deck to a Gold Deck - An Example

    This post is for all of you out there who downloaded yesterday's template. I used the template to convert a PowerPoint Deck that I found on the web from its original look to one that conforms to the Modern Presentation Method. The deck in question was...
  • A Super Template - Steal This And Use It!

    I have put together an template based on the tenets of the Modern Presentation Method that you can use to quickly create a beautiful and compelling presentation. There are 8 basic layouts in this template. In each case, the presenter can use the templates...
  • Handouts - They're Not Just for Distracting Your Audience!

    I am going to advise all of you to engage in a cardinal sin of presenting. Give handouts to your audience! Virtually every presenting expert will tell you not to do this. They are right if you are giving a Pitch presentation. In the case of a Pitch, you...
  • Video - The Ultimate Commercial in Your Presentation

    Look, I am going to tell you a little secret about presentations. That secret is that your audience is not conditioned to listen to you speak uninterrupted for more than 10 minutes at a time. You see, most people watch several hours of TV each day and...