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Tips to present better

If you want to improve your ability to create powerful business presentations you have to master three aspects: preparation, design and delivery. In these articles I'll show you how.

In the previous blog post we’ve looked at the first fundamental principle of communication that we’ve learned from Carmine Gallo’s Talk Like TED—your message has to be emotional. The second principle is novelty—for a message to stick it has to be novel. 

Here are the there elements that make a...

In previous articles we've established that content is crucial, we've said that we need to combine it with good design, but we haven't yet added an important element: communication. Ladies and gentlemen, you can have the greatest idea in the world and the slides of the century but if...

One of the examples I often use to explain the value of good design is a comparison between the New York subway map and the London tube map. 

New York has opted for a map that’s geographically complete, accurate and detailed while the map of the London tube is based...

Can technical presentations be more visual? Yes! 

By definition technical presentations are more complex and require more cognitive effort from the audience. Therefore, following a more visual approach is even more useful for technical presentations to succeed.

On this topic Michael Alley—Professor of Engineering Communication—has written an interesting book (

A PowerPoint slide contains on average 40 words. With such an average the reason why most presentations are boring is quite obvious. With a presentation your job is to move your audience towards your idea, your product, your project or your cause. But you’ll never be able to move anyone...

Animations in presentations seem to be very popular. For many presenters the desire to animate as many elements as possible in their slides is too strong to resist. (I have to admit that that block of text appearing from the top right all the way to the bottom left is...