Category Archives: Presentation Tools

Don’t Let Your Presentation Tools Steal your Spotlight…and your Audience!


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I love new technology. Especially presentation tools that make connecting with an audience more effective and impactful. That’s why I was excited to try the new Logitech Spotlight remote. Like most presentation remotes, the Spotlight allows you to advance your slides and go to black without being tethered to your laptop. It can even control the volume, which is super handy if you’ve ever started a video and had to race back to your computer to stop it from blowing everyone’s ear drums away! But the real showstopper on the Spotlight is a feature that allows you to magnify or highlight a circular selection on your screen while shading the rest of the slide. And it doesn’t just work on slides. You can even use it on word, excel or other software. Here’s an example of a screen in typical presentation mode: And here’s an example of that same screen Read More

Make ‘em Laugh! 7 Guideposts for Using Humor in Your Business Presentation.


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Many experts recommend opening your presentation or demo with a funny story, joke, quote, or prop. And why not? Humor can engage your audience, add welcome lightness to a heavy subject, and increase audience recall. Yup, humor can be a great opener….when it works.  And when it doesn’t? Few things will suck the confidence out of you faster than starting off with a joke or story that bombs, annoys or confuses your business audience. Using humor in your presentation is not without risk so be smart about exposing your funny side by following these 7 guideposts. 7 Guideposts for Using Humor in Your Business Presentation Make it relevant. I sat in on a presentation where the presenter told a story about his new dog’s obsession with his daughter’s goldfish.  It was funny, cute and heartwarming.  Unfortunately the audience’s smiles turned to stony glares after he clapped his hands together and Read More

Presentation Power Tools: Time to break the PowerPoint habit?


Presentation Power Tools, Alternatives to PowerPoint

This is part of my Presentation Power Tools Series.  Stay tuned as I I test drive some of the hottest new tools for creating and delivering powerful presentations and demos! Habits are tough to break.  Like a lot of salespeople, I’ve had a long, love/hate relationship with PowerPoint. Despite the many frustrations — limited graphics and designs, clunky files, and a propensity toward text boxes and bullet points —  it’s been the vehicle of choice for presenters for the past few decades.  And while features have been added over the years, like cloud access and better collaboration tools, PowerPoint’s inventor summed up both the tool’s strength and it’s fatal flaw in one sentence: “PowerPoint itself has probably changed less than the world around it has changed in twenty-five years.” Robert Gaskin, PowerPoint inventor Let’s face it, a heck of a lot has changed in the world around us, especially when Read More

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