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STAGE YOUR PRESENTATION

We are living in a world of “information overload,” permanently hopping between different kinds of media and sampling its highlights.

In order to have a chance at making an impact, you will need to “stage” your presentation and include it under the framework of a global experience – before, during, after – which promotes interest, impact and guarantees that your idea stays firmly embedded in people’s minds.

Talk to everyone like you would talk to each of us!

A bored audience is first and foremost an audience to whom you have not paid attention. When you are in a conversation, you pay attention to the person you are speaking to; you check if he or she is listening to you, if he or she understands you or if he or she agrees… by…

Don’t distribute the printed version of your slides…

When speaking, the ideal presentation medium is one that will strengthen the impact of your key messages to ensure they are remembered! However, the rate a message is retained after 3 days is estimated at around 3%… so choose carefully what you post on your slides because the more information you project, the less it…

Presenting with or without notes?

This Thursday tip requires a short preamble. Indeed, with the “typical” presentations we run across being are very heavily overloaded with text, bullet points, tables and pie charts, the issue of notes doesn’t arise to the extent that it is the slide itself that plays the role of reminder.  The goal here is not to…

The TED format in a company!

Who hasn’t heard of TED Talks?  It’s hard to imagine, since the format has become so popular and is now on everyone’s lips. It must be said that most of the time the subjects are very exciting, and the speakers are often brilliant.  Created in 1984, the aim of this conference format is to share…

And what if trivial were indispensable?

The question we’re asking this week could almost appear provocative, given how dense the presentations you have to endure everyday are! They seem built as if each minute was vital, as if the amount of time given to a presentation should always be filled to the brim. The most symptomatic sign is certainly the use…

Don’t be afraid to think big!

This week we have a very pragmatic tip concerning your presentation aids. You regularly read between the lines in these tips about the importance of not throwing yourself headfirst into PowerPoint. This software can do many things, but it is not an optimized tool to organize thoughts, let alone build an effective storyline.  But once…

Can you send me your presentation?

We regularly repeat in our Thursday tips that effective presentation slides must serve the speaker. It is vital that they be stripped down to amplify the key messages intended to be remembered. In summary, it is important: To avoid lengthy texts and to favor a few key words that can be seen without dispersing the…

Re-energize yourselves during the holidays

Re-energize yourselves during the holidays and we’ll meet again on the 7th of January for a new season of our Thursday ZE Tips.

The game precedes the rule!

When we evolve in our way of presenting, we often change many rules. Whether in terms of narration, design or oratory techniques, sometimes it’s an entire part of the corporate culture that needs to change, to accept these new practices which are essential for an effective presentation of ideas. It is obvious that approaches such…