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Creating a Presentation Video

Sometimes as a presenter, the last thing you want to worry about is when to click to the next slide. Whether it be the distraction of knowing when to click next or the inevitable brain blank that interrupts what comes next, clicking through slides can be difficult. If you are the type of presenter who is easily distracted, we have a solution for you. Trade out the need for a clicker by exporting your presentation as a video! Exporting your presentation as a video does require you to stick to the...
Tags: Video, Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Don, Presentation Design, Presentation Video


Incorporating Props in Your Next Presentation

In our world of distractions, presenters are always looking for a way to keep their audiences engaged and connect with them on a more visually appealing level. One way to accomplish this is through the use of props. Props are a tool that, when used correctly, break up the monotony of a talking head and create a visual reinforcement of the content. But not all presenters are comfortable with using props in their presentations. In fact, many shy away from them for fear of seeming cliché or unprofe...
Tags: Design, Illustration, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Props, Presentation Hacks, Object Lesson


How to Edit Videos in Keynote

Including videos in a presentation is a powerful tool to drive home your content and insert a different voice to break up the presentation. While they are a powerful tool, when not inserted correctly, they can become clunky and distracting. That is why every presenter who chooses to insert videos into their presentation must pay careful attention to the software they choose to use. No matter the presentation software, there is always an option to insert videos into your presentation. However, wi...
Tags: Videos, Video, Design, Editing, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Video Editing, Speaking, Presentation Design, Edit


Embracing Enthusiasm in Every Presentation

Did you know that enthusiasm is one of the greatest weapons you have as a presenter for engaging your audience and keeping them connected to your content? That’s right – studies have shown that presenters who have high levels of enthusiasm see a 37% greater return on their presentations than those who lack enthusiasm. The reason for this increase in success hinges primarily on the fact that enthusiastic people create excitement which leads to an increase in enthusiasm in those around them. As en...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Enthusiasm, Presentation Hacks


Tell Better Stories: How to Grow Your Platform Through Storytelling

As a presenter, storytelling is the most important tool you have to grow your platform and set your presentation apart from the rest. And if you have followed us for a while, you have heard us talk at length about how to tell great stories within your presentation. But today, we want to unpack 3 instances where you should be deploying great stories and ensuring that your greater audience hears them. Social Media Social media is a great tool to build your platform and excite your audience. Howeve...
Tags: Design, Story, Storytelling, Stories, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Presentation Design


Creating Slides That Are Easy to Comprehend

As audience members’ attention spans shrink, so does their ability to comprehend complex slides. In fact, unless an audience member can understand your slides at a glance, chances are you are losing their focus and engagement. We live in a multi-tasking, fast-paced world, which means your audience’s focus is split between you, their cell phone, their email, and probably some other form of distraction. When they are focused on you, it is important to communicate as much content as possible in wha...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design, Comprehension, Comprehend


Learn to be Flexible: Why Two-Way Engagement Is Key to a Great Presentation

A recent study shows that 64% of people believe that a flexible presentation with two-way interaction is more engaging than a standard presentation. Knowing this information means we must make a shift in the rigidity of our presentations. As culture changes, so must our ability to interact with our audiences as they desire a conversation rather than a lecture. However, the ability to be flexible with your presentation can be difficult to master. After all, how can you practice flexibility? While...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Flexibility, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Flexible, Speaking, Presentation Science


Keep It Short: Why Longer is Not Always Better

A recent study showed that shorter presentations are more effective than those that are longer in length. In fact, it was proven that investment pitches that were 12 slides in length outperformed those that were longer leading to larger investment. With all the research pointing in the direction of shorter presentations it is important that you learn how to deliver your content in such a way that you get to your call to action quickly and efficiently. We’ve put together a few tips to help you ke...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Short, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Timing


How to Record a Voice Narration for Your Next PowerPoint

At Ethos3 we have talked about the importance of the send ahead presentation. This presentation is often the meeting before the meeting and often the key to landing that in person opportunity. Typically, this type of presentation is a self-explanatory slide deck that is filled with content heavy slides in an effort to communicate everything you feel is important. The main idea of a send ahead presentation is to set yourself apart from your competitors and engage your potential audience. With a c...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Voice, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Narration, Voice Over, Speakig, Voice Narration


Understanding Your Technology Needs and How to Come Prepared

You’ve prepared your content, created your slides, and practiced your presentation. You show up early and head to the presentation space with the hopes of getting everything set up with a few minutes left to settle in and relax prior to delivering your big presentation. You walk in to the room and discover you are lacking the cord needed to connect your laptop to the screen. Panic sets in and all of a sudden you are left frantically scouring the office for the right adapters. This is just one of...
Tags: Design, Technology, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science


Tips to Landing the In-Person Presentation

You spent hours developing your big idea, you created the impactful content, and now you’re ready to bring this excitement to the world. You begin sending out emails and working to land your first in-person opportunity. But rather than finding a calendar full of meetings, you are met with a list of no’s and call-me-back-laters. We live in an increasingly busy culture, and landing in-person time with leaders of organizations is becoming harder and harder. As a thought leader, landing the in-perso...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, In, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Person, In-person


The Power of Tension and Discovery

Tension and discovery are tools that have long been used by storytellers. It is the way the storyteller draws you into their story and keeps you on the edge of your seat as they unveil the grand discovery piece by piece. Tension and discovery are powerful in storytelling, which means it is equally as powerful in presentations. By creating great tension, a presenter is able to keep their audience engaged throughout the entirety of their content as they listen closely and wait for the big unveilin...
Tags: Design, Steve Jobs, Discovery, Deliver, Public, Tension, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Tension And Discovery


Do You Have a Standard Speaking Fee? If Not, You Should

I still remember the first time I was asked to speak outside of my own organization. I was invited to present a keynote presentation to 300 people in a large auditorium setting. As a young presenter, I was excited about the opportunity and gladly accepted the invitation. What I would learn with that event was that my inexperience would lead to my presentation skills being taken advantage of. You see, I made a poor assumption that day. I assumed that I would be given a standard speaking fee witho...
Tags: Design, Paid, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science


Why You Should Consider Keynote as an Apple User

At Ethos3, we create the bulk of our designs in PowerPoint. As one of the largest presentation platforms, it is by far the most commonly used within the presentation community. And while PowerPoint happens to be our favorite presentation tool, we think presenters who operate in the Apple ecosystem might benefit from checking out Keynote on occasion. You might be wondering why you should bother learning a new system if you’re already comfortable with PowerPoint, especially since it’s such a great...
Tags: Design, Apple, Deliver, Develop, Keynote, Macbook, Presentation, Public, Public Speaking, Speaking


The Surprising Truth About Your Audience and How to Leverage It

A large portion of audience engagement with a presenter is based simply on the fact of likability. If your audience likes you, the odds are that they are likely to connect with your content. However, on the other hand, if your audience does not like you, they are likely to disconnect early on and ultimately miss the content you have shared. At Ethos3, we have worked with presenters across all industries and audiences of all personalities. In all of our experience, there is a surprising statistic...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Delivery, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Audience, Speaking, Presentation Science, Audience Engagement


Breaking Down Barriers: How to Lower the Walls Between You and Your Audience

One of the largest hindrances to a great presentation is the barriers that exist between presenter and audience. In some cases, they are physical barriers, and in other cases, they are mental and emotional barriers. While these may seem like the last thing on your mind as you prepare for and deliver your content, a single barrier can limit your ability to connect and ultimately hinder your engagement with the audience. At Ethos3, we have worked with presenters who have battled every barrier you ...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Emotional, Speaking, Physical, Presentation Science, Barriers, Emotional Barriers, Physical Barriers


Public Speaking Coaching: How to Elevate Your Teams Presentations

For years, I worked with a team of presenters that spoke weekly to audiences of all sizes. I was judged on their performances and my critique was based on how well their audiences engaged. What I quickly learned was that simply providing information was not enough. It was my job to coach these presenters and help them elevate their game in a way that made the entire team look great. Maybe you have found yourself in a similar situation – you manage a team of presenters and rather than being judge...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Coaching, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Public Heartfelt Impactful Simply


What to Do When You Lack Motivation

Do you ever find yourself running at an unsustainable pace? With deadlines, presentations, and meetings stacking up, your life just seems to be spinning. When this happens, burnout and a lack of motivation are inevitably right around the corner. Burnout accounts for much of the loss of productivity in our culture today, which ultimately results in a vicious cycle that is hard to break. When burnout hits and motivations dip, it’s important that you not turn to the television and binge the latest ...
Tags: Motivation, Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Lack Of Motivation, Lack, Speaking, Of, Presentation Science, Presentation Design


Take a Seat at The Table

In honor of International Women’s Day, we are throwing it back to a powerful TED talk from Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. In this talk, Sheryl discusses some of the staggering statistics found within the professional community as it pertains to women. She unpacks just how important it is for women to lean in and take a seat at the table, even if it feels counter cultural. At Ethos3, we believe that women have a powerful voice that needs to be heard and that there are world-changing ideas that...
Tags: Design, International, Day, Deliver, Public, International Women's Day, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Women's, Speaking, Sheryl, Sheryl Sandberg COO, Persona Spotlights


Quick Tips: What to Wear on Presentation Day

We often talk about how important it is to look professional on presentation day. Your outward appearance is often equally as important as how you carry yourself, because your audience will make snap judgements based simply on what you are wearing. But if you’re anything like me, selecting and preparing the right outfit can be downright frustrating. With this in mind, we put together a few quick tips to help you look the part on presentation day. Dress according to your brand or objective. Peop...
Tags: Design, Dress, Professional, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Professional Dress


Finding Your Passion and Sharing It with the World: Part 2

Recently on the blog, we talked about the importance of discovering your passion and allowing that to be the driving force behind your work, your leadership, and your communication. But what we didn’t discuss is that once you have discovered your passion, how do you share that with the world? Most great ideas die in the chasms of our own mind as people are unsure how to bring them out into the open. However, with the ever-increasing connectedness of our culture, sharing great ideas and passions ...
Tags: Design, Instagram, Sharing, Passion, Vulnerability, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Critique, Presentation Science


Finding Your Passion and Sharing It with the World: Part 1

Passion is a word often used to describe leading entrepreneurs, high-level athletes, and fast-paced business leaders. It is the core heartbeat of Wall Street and what drives innovators to continually push the envelope in their discoveries. If you look at the top leaders in the world, my guess is you would use the word passion to describe one of their greatest characteristics. But the question is – if we were to talk to your friends and coworkers, would they use that word to describe you? Passion...
Tags: Design, Development, Passion, Public, Delivery, Public Speaking, Presentation, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Presentation Delivery


Stay Connected: How to Follow Up After Presentation Day

You have just delivered a knockout presentation. Your audience, excited to take the next step, is lining up to talk with you. You’ve talked to a lot of people and collected a lot of contact information before heading back to your office to crash. The day comes and goes, and you are left wondering what to do with everything you have collected. When it comes to excellent presentations, the work does not stop when you leave the audience. In fact, it is at this point that the hard work starts, becau...
Tags: Design, Follow, Deliver, Public, Up, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Follow Up


How to Embrace Authenticity in Every Presentation

In an increasingly skeptical culture, authenticity is a vital part of every presentation. Authenticity allows your audience to trust you as the presenter and, in turn, trust that your content is real and valuable. But with statistics that show at the highest percentage that only 1/3 of our current generations believe most people can be trusted, how do you deliver authenticity to your audience? At Ethos3, we know authenticity is hard to come by, which is why we have put together a few keys to del...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Authenticity, Speaking, Presentation Science, Impactful Speaking


Tips to Presenting While Seated

Recently I was asked to present to a group of employees across three different states. When I arrived on presentation day, I was invited into a conference room where I sat in front of a webcasting camera to deliver 3 hours of prepared content. For someone who is a perpetual chair fidgeter, this was a daunting perspective for me. But I knew that in order to deliver the highest quality presentation for this environment, sitting was necessary. For many presenters, sitting is while presenting is jus...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Presenting, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Seated, Presenting while seated


Why ‘Because’ Matters to Your Call to Action

If you have been part of a presentation before, you know the importance of having a clear call to action at the end of your message. This call to action invites your audience to further participate with you and engage in your content after presentation day. But what if we told you simply having a call to action is not enough? In fact, at Ethos3, we believe that without the word because, your call to action will be weak and yield lackluster results. A Harvard study revealed that a call to action ...
Tags: Design, Harvard, Deliver, Public, Why, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Simon Sinek, Start With Why, Speaking, Presentation Science, Know Your Why


Why ‘Because’ Matters

If you have been part of a presentation before, you know the importance of having a clear call to action at the end of your message. This call to action invites your audience to further participate with you and engage in your content after presentation day. But what if we told you simply having a call to action is not enough? In fact, at Ethos3, we believe that without the word because, your call to action will be weak and yield lackluster results. A Harvard study revealed that a call to action ...
Tags: Design, Harvard, Deliver, Public, Why, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Simon Sinek, Start With Why, Speaking, Presentation Science, Know Your Why


Introverts and Extroverts: How to Reach Them Both

In any given audience, half of the room will be introverted while the other half will be extroverted. If you’re not familiar with the difference between and an introvert and an extrovert, think of it this way: Imagine every person has a battery in the middle of their chest. When an introvert spends time in a large group setting or interacting with other people, that battery depletes. Then, if that same person spends time alone, their battery recharges. The opposite is true of an extrovert – if t...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Extrovert, Introvert, Speaking, Presentation Science, Presentation Design


The Surprising Mistake That Keeps Many Speakers From Getting Booked

In 2007, I was an agent at one of the country’s largest speakers’ bureaus, and I had a meeting with an aspiring speaker. During the meeting, he told me: “I believe anyone can benefit from my presentations. And if I just have an audience and a microphone, I can help people. My message is helpful to everyone, just give me the chance and you’ll see.” I smiled and nodded, said something polite, and closed out the meeting as quickly as I could. But I was really thinking: “Hmmm. So YOU are what the wo...
Tags: Design, Speaker, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, New York Times Best, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Presentation Delivery, David Loy, Leverage Creative Group


Presenting to the Millennial Generation: How to Build Trust

The millennial generation consists of anyone born between 1979 and 2000. In spite of being blamed for the demise of chain restaurants everywhere, a recent study suggests that this generation will make up 46% of the workforce by 2020. Though they make up nearly half of the professional workforce, they are also one of the most misunderstood and skeptical generations of all time. According to recent studies, only 19% of this generation express most people can be trusted in comparison to 31% of Gen ...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Generation, Millennial, Presentation Hacks, Millenial Generation



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