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  • Blog Post: 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). I recommend this for three reasons. 1. It...
  • 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: MPM Step #3: Build & Refine Your Presentation, an Overview

    Sorry about the break. I got a nasty cold and had to take a couple of days off. Today I will give an overview of S tep 3 of the Modern Presentation Method: Build & Refine. In this step, we will take a slide drawn up on your storyboard, refine it and add content, and bring it to life. Here's quick...
  • 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: 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 are trying to tell the audience a story and giving...
  • Blog Post: 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. For today, I wanted to offer up another...
  • Blog Post: Charts and Graphs

    Today's post will be a quick one. These are for all of those people who are creating Pitch or Teaching presentations for onscreen or want a sharp on paper Organizing presentation. Many times when you want to include a chart of a graph you can't find one that looks clean enough in the standard chart templates...
  • Blog Post: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words - Don't Take My Word For It - Ask The Oregon Ducks

    Here is a quick post on pics. The rule is, use 'em. In almost every slide. Images (whether graphics or pictures) are better than text. The human brain is wired to recognize and recall visual information over any other form of information. Vision dominates the other senses such as hearing. But don...
  • Blog Post: 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 they are used to seeing a commercial break about...
  • 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: 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 who has been selected for E8 and he was describing...
  • Blog Post: Seeing is Believing! Using Demonstrations in Your Presentation

    Demos are king! I try to do a demo in every presentation because "seeing is believing" . Moreover, it does not matter what type of presentation you do! Here are the three presentation types and how to use a demo in them. Pitching - Great pitch demos show off your product. They create the A-HA moment...
  • Blog Post: 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 one I found online at a US Army website and it is...
  • 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: 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 other than the fact that presenter insults the audience...
  • Blog Post: 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 what they have learned on an unsuspecting O6 later...
  • 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...