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Don't start by copying slides from a previous deck

The most common way professionals start preparing their presentation is to copy slides from previous files. The presenter picks all the slides they think might be useful in this presentation. This is a big mistake that causes many presentations to not be nearly as effective as they could. This article explains a better approach.
Participants in my workshops confirm it every time I ask. The most common way professionals start preparing their presentation is to copy slides from previous files. The presenters picks all the slides they think might be useful in this presentation. This is a big mistake that causes many ...
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Where do you find good stock images for presentations and how do you make them effective?
Stock photos evoke an emotion or illustrate a broad concept. They are different from product, facility, or staff photos that are specific. This article list over 60 sites that you can use to find great photos and what to do with them once you have them in your slide.
Photos are one of the types of visuals that many presenters include in their presentations. There are photos that are specific to our organization, like product photos, photos of our staff, screen captures of an internal system, and photos of our locations or facilities.
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Is a positive number always good?
When you use numbers in your presentation that were calculated in Excel, does the audience always know what the positive and negative numbers really mean? An increase in expenses is not usually a good result. Use universal indicators to make the meaning of the numbers clear.
Next week I am presenting a workshop to accountants in Vancouver. One of the points I will be making is that when you show a number that indicates the difference between a measured figure and a standard, you need to use an indicator so the audience knows whether this is a good number or not.
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Diverging Stacked Bar Charts
Want to compare two groups of data in a visual? Instead of a stacked column graph, consider a diverging stacked bar chart. Here's how you can create one for your presentation.
When I first heard the name of this visual, diverging stacked bar chart, it seemed complex. As I learned more about it, I realized how valuable it is to know about this type of visual in business presentations. In this article I want to show you what this visual is and how you can use it in your ...
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I think +Copyblogger made some mistakes in creating a couple of graphs for their recent State of Native Advertising report. In this article I show makeovers for two graphs and explain why all presenters need to make the data the focus of the graph.
I follow copyblogger.com because I find their information useful to my business. Yesterday they released a report on the state of native advertising (here is the full report). It doesn't matter whether you know what that is (I didn't initially). I want to explain why two of the graphs showing ...
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The State of Financial Presentations 2014 Survey Results

How good or bad are financial presentations? I wanted to hear the audience's perspective. So I conducted a survey in May and June of 2014 asking those who see financial presentations what they thought. This report and SlideShare deck present the results of the survey and what financial presenters can do to make their presentations more effective.
The State of Financial Presentations 2014 Survey Results. How good or bad are financial presentations? I wanted to hear the audience's perspective. So I conducted a survey in May and June asking those who see financial presentations what they thought. I had 120 people fill in the survey, ...
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Review of a Data Viz Checklist

In this article I review the excellent Data Visualization Checklist by Stephanie Evergreen and Ann K Emery.
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"Converting your written content to SlideShare" deck on home page of SlideShare
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What presenters can learn from how TV shows start
When you watch a TV show these days, whether it is a half-hour sitcom or a one hour drama, how does it start? Why is that relevant to presenters? That's what this article is all about.
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If you print your presentations on a black and white laser printer, how do you make sure that the good looking color graphs and visuals will still look good when converted to a shade of gray? Here are four tips for creating slides that are easy to understand when printed in grayscale on a laser printer.
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Instead of using a spreadsheet to show the components of the difference between a starting and ending value, use a waterfall graph. This article explains why this visual is effective and links to a calculator that makes it easy to create.
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Dave Paradi has been recognized by the media and his clients as a presentation expert. He has authored seven books and four Kindle e-books on effective PowerPoint presentations. He consults on high-stakes presentations including one used to brief one of President Obama’s cabinet ministers. Dave is one of two Canadians, and one of only thirteen people in North America to be recognized by Microsoft with the PowerPoint Most Valuable Professional Award for his contributions to the PowerPoint presentation community. His ideas have appeared in publications around the world. Participants in his workshops leave with practical steps they can take immediately to improve their presentations. Attendees say that they will never be able to look at another PowerPoint presentation the same way again because Dave redefined what an effective presentation should look like.
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