I joined Toastmasters and I'm worried I made a horrible mistake. I would love to be able to speak naturally about my work in front of colleagues, without hemming and hawing and saying "like" and "um" and talking too fast and getting nervous and flustered. I do not want to become a motivational speaker. How do I achieve the former without ending up sounding like the latter? [more inside]
Is there yet a way to edit a PPT deck on iPad and then get it quickly onto a standard flash drive? [more inside]
I will be giving a presentation at the International Congress of Psychology in Yokohama this summer. It’s my first time at a psych conference, and also at a conference as large as this. [more inside]
I want to be able to show the text of incoming messages, regardless of who they're from. [more inside]
How to let people watch a talk, ask the speaker a question, and later discuss the talk with other "attendees", without attending in person unless they want to? What tech would be used, how, to best make this happen? (We need to foster community without requiring travel.) [more inside]
For several years now I have given presentations every few months. In the last three presentations, my mouth and tongue have become so dry after just a few minutes that it was impossible to continue without drinking quite a bit of water. No changes in diet or lifestyle, I'm not nervous, and there's no reason I can think of that might have caused this. Does anyone have an explanation and / or ideas to prevent this happening again? Any ideas appreciated!
Inspired by this, I'm interested in seeing what MeFites would nominate as the best thing (paper, article, book, presentation, etc.) from your field in the past 10 years or so. [more inside]
I'm teaching in large classrooms where the blackboard isn't visible from the back rows. I'd like to draw and write on slides while they are being projected. Saving the annotated slides for later distribution would be nice. I'm using a macbook and am thinking about buying a Wacom tablet. What hardware/software/technique combination works for this? [more inside]
About a week ago, I saw a very nicely designed site (parallax-y scrolling, a teal color scheme) where a (famous?) Web developer or engineer had collected her/his advice on giving good presentations, including thoughts on slides, handouts, timing, dealing with nerves, the q&a, etc. It was the perfect thing to send to people gearing up for a big talk, particularly in the tech field. It was recently launched, I think just in the last month -- I'd found it because someone on Twitter or Hacker News or somewhere had just linked to it. It was great and now I can't find it again. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? (Sadly almost all the salient keywords that I can think of for searching for this page are uselessly generic.) Thanks very much.
What are some good sources for layout and design ideas for professional but interesting business documents/presentations? I have access to a full Adobe Creative Suite, Thinkstock library, etc. My previous job doing these had almost no design in it, and my earlier design experience was several years ago and with a very different audience. [more inside]
I am getting ready to present a proposal with my eight people team to executives. Anyone has any good tips delivering a presentation with a large group? Transitions, timing etc.?
Please help me set up something like a shared shoebox for keeping useful PowerPoints slides, ideas for visual representations, graphics, etc. [more inside]
What makes for a really, really kickass professional workshop? [more inside]
Peer review filter: seeking published studies on effective presentations, their preparation and delivery. Not looking for "how-to" books or webpages on the topic. [more inside]
I would like some help being okay with being nervous, being clearly nervous, during presentations. [more inside]
IPad to to a digital projector... it doesn't seem to be working. Help! [more inside]
As part of my interview process, I have been asked to kick-off a project to a pretend client. This is for an interactive agency in LA. There will be 5 people acting as stakeholders. I really want this job and want to leave an awesome impression. What things can I do to set myself apart? What are your tips for awesome kick-off meetings? I need to demonstrate my skills as a meeting facilitator and project manager. I am looking for anything that will set me apart including handing out candy / fruit, using an awesome slide deck, or simply facilitating a awesome kick-off. Have you seen anyone do something awesome in a meeting that wasn't borderline cheesy? I need to demonstrate imagination but also an ability to drive and get things done. Links or videos appreciated as well. Help me get this job!
I have to do a 5-minute presentation to my colleagues at an upcoming work retreat, no visuals allowed. We can talk about anything we want. I have several ideas but can't settle on one. [more inside]
Please show me examples of fantastic corporate presenters and presentations that can be watched online. [more inside]
Hello academic types, teachers of all kinds, and folks that just generally give a lot of speeches and talks! I'm giving my first presentation in a long time, and I can't remember the old ratio I used for pages or words:minutes of talk time. [more inside]
Presentation to open source conference. How much is enough ? [more inside]
Please help me create awesome digital presentations for my professional portfolio! Am looking to create a series of slideshows for presentation on a tablet, and need some hardware/software recommendations. [more inside]
Do you use or have you used Articulate software or similar, and if so, can you give me your recommendations, thoughts, advice? I'm looking at software (preferably) or services for creating various types of presentations with a bit of style, and I'm a total newb. I need something that will work for business presentations, e-learning (including quizzes and tests), training videos, and sales presentations in formats that will work locally as well embedded in sites – preferably as flexible as possible. [more inside]
I'm trying to work out the tech for the visuals of a live event and would like to get the hive mind's advice as to which are the best applications to use. [more inside]
I am having real trouble recording presentations on my Windows Vista laptop. I have this killer presentation on Open Office Impress and have CamStudio and Audacity. But, Audacity keeps crashing and I can't get CamStudio to record the entire screen. When I set "Full Screen" it just records a corner of it. I am wracking my brain trying to figure out a way to make this presentation work. I also have a Flip Mino and a slideshare account but I don't want to put the presentation online as its a course audition and very rough. Suggestions???
Presentation filter: How bad is reading, really? [more inside]
What all do I need to buy in order to do multimedia presentations in community settings, and how much do you think it will cost? We're talking ground up here: I currently use an easel and newsprint. Needs to be portable. [more inside]
I am trying to move from plastic transparencies in my teaching to a tablet computer. The reason I would like a tablet computer is that (in some classes) I work through problems (including circling and scribbling) with student input. An added issue is that I have a slight tremor, so I would like forgiving software or a large screen. (The iPad has too small a screen and is designed for touch, not writing.) I can use any OS. Any advice?
Where in New York / Brooklyn could I host an impromptu, somewhat nerdy gathering this weekend -- for free? [more inside]
I gave a presentation which was recorded (in digital and video formats), but my (powerpoint) slides were not in the frame. How do I best make the full presentation experience available in internet streaming form? [more inside]
How can I embed HTML into my Powerpoint presentation? [more inside]
I just read Slideology which has really helped me improve my presentations, but I need some help in creating rich illustrations on my own. [more inside]
Lesson Planning with Powerpoint [more inside]
If you were going to a library for a presentation on pirate women, what would you like to see / hear / do? [more inside]
Can you help me provide a good keynote presentation with your insights and suggestions? [more inside]
Is the Science of Listener Attention a real thing? If not, is there anything similar I can learn? [more inside]
I have a job interview tomorrow and have to do a 10 minute presentation. They rang today to say that there won't be any computer / projection facilities (after saying last week that there would be). I'm a bit lost! How do I give a memorable presentation without Powerpoint? [more inside]
What are people using these days for high-end presentations and convention running? [more inside]
I need to copy a series of scenes from several commercial DVD's and then edit snippets into a single video (with narrations videos I make between the scenes). What software is best to get the actual rips and then what editing software can handle this best without requiring me to be a video editing professional? Is AnyDVD + CloneDVD+??? the answer? You are going to say I need to buy a Mac, aren't you?
I am looking for some good data visualisation books, tutorials and maybe software [more inside]
Can anyone point me to the study in which the main takeaway was, "Don't just read the text off of your powerpoint slides because it hurts audience comprehension"? [more inside]
What is the most elegant solution (.ppt, .key, other) for shrinking my presentations to less than 5 mb on a mac? [more inside]
What are the optimal output settings when generating images for use in PowerPoint? [more inside]
What are some of the leading books/online seminars/workshops/etc. for learning great presentation skills? [more inside]
Students: What do you do when group members don't do much at all? Educators: Do you want to hear if a student is not pulling their own weight in a group work situation? [more inside]
I'm doing a video slideshow for a 50th anniversary. I am a newb at this (but not at digital imagery, so I can at least talk the talk), and I have questions and could use some simple and fast ideas. [more inside]
How can I convert an existing set of powerpoint slides into something better-looking? [more inside]
A slightly different PowerPoint/ presentation filter: What are your tips, tricks, tools and resources for making kick-ass presentations? [more inside]
I'd like to use my mobile as a bluetooth remote control at work but can't install any software [more inside]
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