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  • Blog Post: 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 out about it and then asks to borrow the deck...
  • Blog Post: Lies, Damn Lies, and Data - When and How to Use Data in Your Presentation

    Data is great when you need to show your audience the effect of a particular situation. "The reason we are up X% in sales can be directly attributed to an increased investment of Y in training the sales force." Any time you use an example in your presentation, it is a good idea to make sure you have...
  • Blog Post: Get Some Meat In Your Presentation - Adding Content!

    I had an executive I worked with for some time who used to tell me to never to do a content-free presentation. This confused me, what could content-free mean? After a little back and forth with the exec I finally figured out what she meant. She meant to make sure to include real world, concrete proof...
  • Blog Post: 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. For 35 years, he has been a groundbreaking...
  • Blog Post: Length Matters - Really!

    It is time to fight Blab Flab! Before we actually start Step 3 of the Modern Presentation Method (Build & Refine), I wanted to bring to light a question that I know lies in the back of the mind of every audience. It is "please do not make me sit through this presentation for even one second longer...
  • Blog Post: 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 presentations.
  • Blog Post: 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 experience level (101, 201, 301) I call out how...
  • Blog Post: 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 presentation is too long and generally has a confusing...
  • Blog Post: Telling It Like It Is: Using Real World Stories in Your Presentation

    There is an old saying I like that goes: Nothing succeeds like success. I love the notion that current success can help breed future success. This idea is the underpinning of why a good presenter always uses real world examples in a presentation. Good examples help convince people that you...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Your Organization to the Modern Presentation Method

    Change is hard! Especially within an organization. People are afraid to move from what is familiar, even if it is sub-optimal, to something that is unfamiliar. People have been emailing me lately asking how they should introduce the Modern Presentation Method into their organizations. My answer is simple...
  • Blog Post: 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 a dark one? Well, the answer is really simple...
  • Blog Post: 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 Presentation Method (MPM) rules to follow in...
  • Blog Post: 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 to quickly build out your PowerPoint deck. Today...