Ultimated Guide: How to Create Winning Presentations

Source: Business Insider, Nov 2010

We’ve compiled all of our resources to help you craft a winning presentation.

First, there are a few things about people you should know before you go on stage:

People are egocentric; they are most interested in things that pertain to themselves. Give analogies and share stories to make your presentation relatable.  A personal touch will resonate with audiences. Also, make eye contact so people feel you’re speaking directly to them. Check out:

Next, figure out what you want the audience to take away.

All great presentations start with a great product or message.  Steve Jobs is an excellent salesman, but his keynotes wouldn’t be as popular if Apple’s products were bad. And what about Obama’s “Yes, we can” slogan? It was inspiring at a time when the nation needed something to believe in. Figure out what you want your presentation to achieve and hammer it home.

Check out some delivery tips:

Make sure you only include what’s essential and nail each slide.

According to VC Fred Wilson, “Killer slides are not slides with a dozen bullets each. They are six powerful points that combine to tell the meat of the story. Think of six slides that will inspire and leave something for the imagination. The best part of six slides is that you will get through them in time to have a real substantive conversation face to face.”

Here’s how to set up your PowerPoint:

So, what separates a good presentation from a great one? Read:

Practice makes perfect; learn from the pros…

Look at what great presenters do and see what you can apply to your own presentation.

…And avoid their pitfalls.

There’s a lot that can be learned from the failures of others. Here are some things not to do:

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