Reports of PowerPoint’s Death are Greatly Exaggerated*

It’s become a joke to get up after a boring presentation and tell someone you experienced “death by PowerPoint”. But don’t think PowerPoint is going away anytime soon as a presentation format, despite what you read or hear.

In an earlier post we discussed the logistics of preparing for a presentation. In this post, you will find tips on how to create a PowerPoint presentation that will have people on their feet – applauding you and not heading for the door.

The Growth of Webinars

PowerPoint has no doubt grown in usage because of the huge popularity of webinars — for web-based seminars. Many presenters who are procrastinators find PowerPoint presentations easier to create last-minute than old-fashioned slides that required more work and a longer lead time. …Read more…

How to Make a Presentation When the Equipment Fails !%!!#!


Remember that sick feeling you had as a kid when the teacher said, “Be prepared for a test tomorrow.” You hadn’t even opened the textbook yet!

That’s how it feels when you’re about to make a presentation and your laptop freezes or something equally awful happens.

Be Prepared

When you’re scheduled to present, be prepared. You don’t want to experience that sick feeling again when something goes wrong. Make a checklist of what you need to be at your best.

Being prepared saved the day recently …Read more…

Can a Teleprompter Be Donald Trump’s Best Friend?

“I’ve always said, if you run for president, you shouldn’t be allowed to use teleprompters,” Donald Trump said to applause at a rally last October in Georgia. “Because you don’t even know if the guy’s smart.”

He’s even accused Hillary Clinton of having “the biggest teleprompters I’ve ever seen.” Prompters are almost always presidential campaign fodder because a candidate who shoots from the hip is highly likely to shoot him/herself in the foot.

And so the other week the media had a brief field day pointing out that Trump “looked like” he was using a teleprompter and had hired a speech writer to make his words more presidential. Of course, a prompter and a writer would help him stay on message (if that were to become his style).

Rick Santorum, the 2012 Republican Presidential hopeful, stirred up a real brouhaha and a load of media coverage when he …Read more…

Being at Your Best on a Book Tour When You’re Dead on Your Feet

Even the most famous authors cringe at the thought of yet another book tour. But a media tour is an essential task in promoting a book or a product.

Media Tour

Book/Media Tour

Media tours of any kind are grueling. If you’re an author, or represent an author or do PR for a consumer products company, you know the routine: traveling from city to city, early morning interviews, rushing to catch the next plane, missing meals and some unprepared broadcast hosts.

You can relieve the stress by following basic “rules of the road” which you can learn with media training. …Read more…