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6 Steps to a Cohesive Presentation

We recently worked with a client who was preparing for an upcoming company-wide meeting. They had decided that this night would focus on inspiration rather than just information. Their goal was to have roughly 30 different presenters share on different passion areas of their brand as well as tell stories to inspire the audience. However, in order to pull this off effectively, they had one major obstacle to overcome: Cohesiveness. As you add different presentations together to build one larger pr...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Cohesive


The Importance of Inspiration and How to Draw it Out of Your Audience

Inspiration is a key component of every presentation. If your audience does not feel inspired by what you are sharing, the likely outcome is less excitement which, in turn, means less long-term engagement with you, your idea, or your product. But the question is how? How do you inspire your audience to action and keep them coming back for more? At Ethos3, we believe the answer lies in the ability of a presenter to connect the head with the heart of their audience. In his book The Sacred Enneagra...
Tags: Design, Inspiration, Inspire, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Chris Heuertz


3 Techniques to Get Your Audience Involved in Your Next Presentation

In a recent presentation, I found myself speaking from a stage that was 15 feet away from the closest audience member. Due to this unfortunate layout of the auditorium, my audience felt literally and figuratively disconnected to everything I was sharing. As the presentation started, I became very aware that I had to break down this stage-to-audience barrier and reconnect with my audience on both a personal and professional level. In that moment, I made a decision: it was time for some audience p...
Tags: Design, Development, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Audience, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Involvement, Presentation Development, Audience Involvement, Presentation Deliver


Surprising PowerPoint Features That Will Elevate Your Presentation Design

Designing a visually engaging presentation can seem overwhelming and time consuming if you’re not technologically inclined. For many presenters, the task can become so daunting that they would rather settle for a boring deck that’s less appealing and hope that their presentation skills make up for it. However, studies show that a visually appealing slide deck increases information retention by 42%. That means that taking the time to create an engaging design is not only important, but it’s actua...
Tags: Design, Powerpoint, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design


Communication Skills That Will Earn You the Title of Leader

Communication is a skill that everyone is born with but only some learn to master. In a world that is constantly distracted and on the go, it seems to be getting harder and harder to communicate clearly. However, studies show that the ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, is in many cases the most important factor leaders look for when promoting employees. Whether you are just starting out at a company or have been in your role for a long time, learning to communicate in ...
Tags: Design, Leadership, Communication, Development, Deliver, Leader, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Presentation Development


How to Tell a Great Story in Five Simple Steps

A good story can increase an audience’s memory retention by 65%. That is not a small number when it comes to the effectiveness of your presentation. However, many of us fall into the trap of underdeveloped stories. The key to great stories is understanding an age-old formula to storytelling and using this formula to create your own. If you want to experience that 65% jump in memory retention, start by understanding the Arc of the Story. Check out these 5 steps to telling a great story. Inciting ...
Tags: Design, Storytelling, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science


Leveraging Clarity to Inspire Your Audience

One of my favorite presenters once said, “Words change worlds.” This phrase drives home the power of our words and the way they affect our daily lives. But in today’s political climate, I think this quote becomes especially poignant for anyone who finds themselves presenting. Whether you are presenting keynote addresses in front of thousands of people or sharing your passion with a room full of friends, your words have the ability to change the world we live in. As a presenter, you must learn to...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Donald Miller, Presentation Hacks


Leverage Clarity to Inspire Your Audience

One of my favorite presenters once said, “Words change worlds.” This phrase drives home the power of our words and the way they affect our daily lives. But in today’s political climate, I think this quote becomes especially poignant for anyone who finds themselves presenting. Whether you are presenting keynote addresses in front of thousands of people or sharing your passion with a room full of friends, your words have the ability to change the world we live in. As a presenter, you must learn to...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Donald Miller, Presentation Hacks


A Simple Exercise can Make 2019 the Best Year Yet

As the holidays wind down, leaders across the world are heading back to the office with wide eyes and excitement for what 2019 will hold. Armed with resolutions and goals, these leaders walk into their offices ready to tackle the world head on. However, something happens when they walk in the building – the stress of old deadlines, unfinished projects, and missed quotas is waiting. Before they know it, those new goals begin to fade and the wheels of the old start turning again. If you’ve ever fe...
Tags: Design, Leadership, Goals, Uncategorized, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Stanford University Graduate School of Business


When to Present Without a Slide Deck

We live in a world that is inundated with technology. Everything from our phones to our watches are competing for our attention. That is why more often than not presenters come, armed with a slide deck full of bullet points and moving text in a last-ditch effort to maintain our attention. But today we would like to propose a new paradigm. Not one that should be used for every presentation, rather one that can be implemented on occasion to unplug from the technological world. What if every so oft...
Tags: Design, Powerpoint, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design


Create a Memorable Presentation in 3 Easy Steps

If you have ever experienced a memorable presentation, you know what it is like to have a presenter inspire you to a point of action. Whether it is a sales pitch that leads you to the purchase of that new car or a nonprofit presentation that pushes you to make a trip overseas, there are a few unique qualities that every memorable presentation contains. And as presenters we must learn to harness these 3 steps in order to take our presentations to the next level, because, let’s face it, there are ...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Boston Consulting Group, Memorable, Presentation Hacks, Memorable Presentation


Setting Goals: Why It’s Important to Do It Now

I still remember the day I decided I wanted to make a living out of public speaking. It was a dream that, at the time, I thought could never be achieved. As a young, 18-year-old college freshman, I had no idea where I needed to go – let alone where to begin. So I did what every good millennial does and conferred with the all-knowing Google where I found tons of resources to help me navigate the industry. The most useful of all those resources was an article I read about the importance of setting...
Tags: Google, Design, Goal, Goal Setting, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Jon Acuff, Presentation Science, Setting


Social Media: The New Presentation Space

With the rise of social media and constant access to HD cameras in everyone’s pockets, sharing your thoughts and ideas has never been easier. With a simple email and password, you quickly gain access to the minds of people you would otherwise never cross paths with. Whether you are selling your brand or looking to get your ideas and thoughts out into the world, social media is a great platform to bring your presentations to the masses. Don’t get us wrong – becoming a rockstar at social media tak...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Design, Instagram, Social Media, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Facebook Facebook, Presentation Hacks, YouTube Couple


The Psychology of Design and How to Leverage It

We’ve all drooled through a data-heavy presentation where our eyes began to tire and the facts and figures all begin to run together. While these decks are full of great information, the odds are the audience is not only disconnecting from the content, but they’re likely not retaining the information either. Experts have found that compelling visuals can increase information retention by nearly 42%! That’s why creating visually engaging data slides is a powerful tool to increase retention and im...
Tags: Psychology, Design, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design, Gestalt Psychology, Gestalt Psychology Gestalt Psychology


3 Keys to Overcoming Presentation Anxiety

Thousands of presentations later and I still get that pit in my stomach every time I step on stage to present. Though I wish I could say after a while it just goes away the reality is that presentation anxiety is an emotion most great presenters experience. I would argue it is completely normal for someone to experience anxiety before stepping in front of a group of people. We are after all humans and the opinion of our peers matters deeply to us. The difference though between an average present...
Tags: Design, Anxiety, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science


The Role of Feedback and How to Manage It

“You can leave a comment in the box by the bathroom if you’d like.” That was the response I received after a particularly poor experience with a potential vendor. As I slid the feedback into the ambiguous box, it felt a bit like it was disappearing into the abyss. Will they ever read it? Do they really care? Why did I waste my time? I still don’t know if my input, which I considered valuable, was ever heard or addressed. Feedback is a vital part of any new roll-out process and should be present ...
Tags: Google, Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science


6 Keys to Engaging Your Audience

As a presenter, it’s your job not only to share your ideas but to compel your audience to action. Once you understand yourself, you must focus on understanding your audience and what they need to leave them feeling empowered and ready to take action. The key to engaging your audience and moving them to action is your ability to build and maintain trust. In fact, studies show that 79% of buyers say it is vital that they purchase from a trusted advisor rather than an unknown sales rep. Increasing ...
Tags: Design, Harvard, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Engaging


Free and Easy Tools for Creating an Impactful Visual

Creating visually compelling data may seem like a daunting task, but thanks to modern technology, there are tons of free tools to help you create custom graphs and infographics. All it takes is a little time online to find the right tools for your need. Before you set out on your search for the right tool, be sure that you have collected all your data and selected the best layout to deliver your data visually. By preparing ahead of time, you will be able to compare your data and needs against ea...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Canva, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Don, Canva Canva, Piktochart, Presentation Design


Understanding Your Presentation Persona

Understanding who you are as a presenter is arguably the most important step in developing your presentation skills. Self-awareness allows you to create a presentation that is customized to your specific strengths and weaknesses as a presenter. We at Ethos3 have created a proprietary presentation persona assessment called Badge – think of it as the Meyers-Briggs for presenters. Badge is based on a 4-quadrant system that allows you to identify not only your strengths and weaknesses as a presenter...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Martin Luther King Jr, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Meyers Briggs


The Important Role of Buy In

According to a 2017 Gallup poll, 70% of employees are disengaged at work. As disengagement arises productivity falls and your bottom line will begin to slip. As a leader it is your job to create buy in from your team that will keep them engaged not just in their role but in you. Buy in from your team means that they will stand behind you and as their leader and will fight to stay engaged. If your team is bought in they are far more likely to engage with any project you give them which will lead ...
Tags: Google, Design, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Gallup, Presentation Fun Facts, Buy in


5 Tips to Create a Mobile Friendly Presentation

We live in a mobile-based culture. With $1,000 computers in our pockets, the average audience member expects that your presentation is not only available on their mobile device but also optimized for their mobile device. As a presenter, you’re probably focused on creating an engaging slide deck, but you may not be thinking about how it will look on a mobile device for your audience members on the go. That’s why we’ve put together 5 tips to optimize your slide deck for not just a big screen, but ...
Tags: Mobile, Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Mobile Device, Develop, Speaking, Mobile Friendly, Presentation Hacks, Optimized


How to Create an Infographic Using PowerPoint

Did you know that users on Instagram pore through 80 MILLION photos every day? Couple that with the fact that visual content is now 40x more likely to be shared on social media, and all of a sudden, the emphasis on creating engaging visual content becomes critical. But sometimes as a presenter or thought leader, you don’t know where to begin with creating engaging visuals to post. With complicated software and limited time availability, we see many presenters settle for text-based posts rather t...
Tags: Design, Instagram, Visuals, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design


3 Keys to Train Your Team on Your Next Presentation

According to a recent poll, nearly ⅓ of the workforce reports receiving no formal training, and employees list training as one of the top 4 reasons they leave a job. That’s why training your team for each presentation they give is paramount to their success and ultimately your company’s success. Whether you have 1 person presenting the deck to a small audience or 100 people presenting all over the world, the importance of training is the same. Effective training will increase your team’s comfort...
Tags: Design, Training, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science


4 Engaging Charts and When to Use Them

If you’ve spent time around the Ethos3 blog, you know we believe in visuals over bullets and that we have the science to back it up. We’ve all drooled through a data-heavy presentation where our eyes began to tire and the facts and figures all begin to run together. While these decks are full of great information, odds are the audience is disconnecting from the content, which means they’re not retaining the information. Experts have found that compelling visuals can increase information retentio...
Tags: Design, Visuals, Charts, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design


3 Keys to Building Your Platform

Every presentation is an opportunity for you to educate, motivate, and inspire your audience. As a presenter in a distracted culture, you must work even harder to leave a lasting impact on your audience that will stick with them well after your presentation is over. To build this momentum, ask yourself these questions: What will my audience remember when they leave my presentation? How will they feel afterwards? Did I move them to take a worthwhile action? If you are missing one of these three c...
Tags: Design, Read, Platform, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Write, Speaking, Presentation Hacks


How to Create Compelling Visual Data

I recently watched a presenter share a compelling pitch about the impact that cognitive bias has on decision making. The data was compelling and the presenter did a great job creating a case for his hypothesis. But as the presentation went on, it became clear that this presenter had made one fatal flaw: poor execution of his visual data. The graphs were confusing and difficult to comprehend on the fly, and the charts left you wondering what the intended purpose was. With visual information garne...
Tags: Design, Data, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design, Visual Data


Embracing Vulnerability: The Secret Weapon Every Presenter Must Learn

Dr. Brene Brown, a renowned social psychologist and author of Daring Greatly, a New York Times #1 best seller, defines vulnerability as “uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.” She elaborates by noting that “vulnerability is the core of all emotions and feelings.” We know that when it comes to presentations, emotions and feelings are a driving force of information retention and engagement. According to Dr. Brown’s findings coupled with our knowledge of presenting, if you can open yourself up...
Tags: Design, Vulnerability, New York Times, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Brene Brown, Brown, Presentation Science


Determining the Perfect Rate of Speech

I once experienced a scientific presentation that was delivered in what felt like light speed. I tried my hardest to follow along, but no matter how hard I tried, with each passing minute, I found myself more and more lost. Eventually the presentation ended, and to this day, I could not tell you what was discussed. What I experienced that day was a poor choice in rate of speech. Scientists have proven that humans can understand speech at a rate of 400 words per minute, but does that mean we can ...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Rate of speech


5 PowerPoint Shortcuts Every Presenter Should Know

We all know there’s no easy button for becoming a successful public speaker. It takes hard work, lots of practice, and a unique blend of science and artistry. That’s why it’s all the more heartbreaking when you see a good presenter get derailed by their technology. There’s nothing more embarrassing than having to apologize for your missed cues and misfires. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Presentation technology can be a blessing, rather than a curse, as long as you know how to use it to you...
Tags: Design, Powerpoint, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Shortcuts, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, PowerPoint Shortcuts, Camille Holden


Practice Makes Perfect: 3 Steps to Practicing Your Presentation

Everyone knows the age-old mantra that “practice makes perfect,” but given my experience as a high school tennis coach, I believe this statement is not always the most accurate. Instead, I think a more realistic statement is “practice makes permanent.” You can practice over and over again, but if you are not practicing the right way, you can end up emphasizing bad habits and creating difficult patterns to break. Practicing using the wrong form can be even more detrimental than not practicing at ...
Tags: Design, Practice, Deliver, Malcolm Gladwell, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Presentation Practice



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