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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.

So far, in almost all of the previous articles, we've talked about how to prepare a presentation. Before moving on to the second key element of creating powerful presentations (design), let's have a look at what we've learned so far. 

Here’s a list of ten guidelines for effectively preparing a...

I recently read an article in which Tim Ferriss—author of The 4-Hour Workweek, Tools of Titans and The Tim Ferriss Show—explains how he prepares his presentations. Here are some interesting ideas:   

  • If he's given a 60-minute slot (typical of tech conferences), he automatically leaves the last 20-30 minutes for...

In the previous articles we explained why some ideas survive while others die, using the book Made to Stick as a reference. Now the question is, although we know what the key traits of sticky ideas are—those that stick with an audience—most presentations go against what science tells us about...

What are the right questions you should ask yourself when preparing a presentation?

Sometimes people ask me, How many slides should I use?; What’s better: PowerPoint or Keynote?; Can you recommend other presentation tools?

These are not the right questions to ask. For example, how many slides should you use?...

In a previous article we introduced the six common traits of ideas that stick with an audience (from the book Made to Stick by Dan and Chip Heath) and we said that one of them is credibility. When we communicate we have to make sure that our message is credible. 

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In the last article we introduced the six common traits of ideas that last—those that stick with an audience. One of these traits was the ability to surprise. If you want to capture people’s attention you have to introduce some elements of surprise. 

But the ability to surprise isn’t enough....