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as you make and tell your own presentation stories beyond bullet points. exercise called BBP Visual Improv; and PDF versions of the BBP Ground Rules. Welcome to the notes of the presentation on “Beyond Bullet Points – Getting your message across”, delivered at the Nordics Investor Relations. Beyond Bullet Points book on visual storytelling and presentations by Cliff Atkinson.
Some believe they are more difficult to read. If words disagree with the tone of voice and nonverbal behaviour, people tend to believe the tonality and nonverbal behaviour. Clothing like other aspects of human physical appearance has a social significance, with different rules and expectations being valid depending on circumstance and occasion. Make sure this is as genuine as possible. Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences.
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About eBook formats. Think beyond bullet points—and amplify the impact of your message! Now in its fourth edition, this popular classic illuminates an innovative, step-by-step methodology designed to unlock the amazing visual story waiting to be released from your message.
Communications expert Cliff Atkinson shows how to apply classic storytelling tenets and practical, research-based guidelines as you work with Microsoft PowerPoint—for memorable, meaningful, and persuasive visual stories. Change your approach—and transform your results! Bring your story to life Storyboard your ideas, find your natural voice, and deliver a compelling presentation! Download the sample pages includes Chapter 2.
If you're working in a group project and want to Blue Falcon a non-contributing teammate, try giving them a few of these slides to speak to. The recommended slide format is one picture and one headline per slide, with no bullet points at all. The book suggests creating Notes Pages with an outline of your talk as a handout, since the slides themselves don't stand alone. In conclusion, this book might not be for everyone, but it was exactly what I needed.
One person found this helpful. I've been a BBP fan since the first edition in The second edition in was a significant update and refinement. The latest, edition, is not worth buying if you already have the second edition -- the information is essentially the same but the is printed on cheap paper and the contrast between text and background for most of the illustrations is lousy, e.
I found it very difficult to read. The online version O'Reilly Safari Books OnLine is slightly better because it allows you to magnify the low contrast images which makes them slightly more legible. Thankfully, access to the online version is included with the ink-on-paper book free via a scratch-off, lottery ticket-type insert at the back of the book.
If I had to do it again, I'd skip the paper book from Amazon and just purchase electronic access via O'Reilly. This version is more legible and you can print important pages that you might want hard copies of to highlight, mark-up, etc.
My boss's boss recently told me that our organization's presentations are boring data dumps that make her wish she was somewhere other than there listening but not really hearing or caring about this slide and dreading the next. She suggested that since I was going to be doing a lot of presentations in the future I should avoid that method and do better presentations. I immediately sought advice from our best presenter and learned that his method came from his gut feelings about what worked better.
He has good instincts but to codify what he explained I decided to buy a book to learn why his approach works.
The closest book with an effective explanation I could find is "beyond bullet points". It captured and expanded on the instinct my new mentor explained so that I could now understand how to use the slides to supplement the story and how to interweave the data so the whole presentation is more meaningful and memorable. I recommend this book to anyone looking for more of an answer on how to improve their presentations and eliminate the data dump in bullet points.
As a student I have created numerous presentations using PowerPoint. However, after reading this little gem I have found that my presentations have more substance and a lasting impression on the audience. This book speaks very little about HOW to navigate PowerPoint but rather how to create a presentation with a distinct message.
If you use PowerPoint to sell products or services I would recommend this book as it helps you move from simply presenting information to engaging your audience. As an added bonus, the book comes with a free online resource that will help you craft your presentation using Word documents and leveraging story-boarding techniques. I had determined that improving my company's presentations had potentially very high returns so I started poking around the net and Amazon for resources to help.
At first, I struck out with books that were supposed to improve presentations, but ended up being guides on technically how to use Powerpoint. That was NOT what I was looking for. Beyond Bullet Points is very different. It is a philosophy about creating presentations whose purpose is to communicate a story, not dump information. Frankly, it was not intuitive for me so I had to decide to just trust that it would work.
And, to my surprise, the most unlikely people really liked the result.
In a world where most business and how-to books are nothing more that restating what you already know or, what you know isn't true , this one is an exception. I highly recommend it! See all reviews.
You can either reduce the amount of content on the slide and put it in the notes, or admit that this is a document and not a presentation. If it is the latter, host a meeting instead of a presentation, and circulate the slideument ahead of time or allow the audience to read it at the start.
Then you can use the remainder of the meeting to discuss the content and build action plans. Teleprompter Text on the slide functions as a crutch for the presenter. The audience either reads the slides or listens to the presenter. Presentations with 50 or so words per slide serve as a teleprompter. This less-than-engaging approach often results from a lack of time spent rehearsing the content, and is the default style of many professionals.
Unfortunately, presenters who rely on the teleprompter approach also usually turn their backs to the audience. The audience may even perceive such presenters as slow, as the audience reads ahead and has to wait for the presenter to catch up. True presentations focus on the presenter and the visionary ideas and concepts they want to communicate.
The slides reinforce the content visually rather than create distraction, allowing the audience to comfortably focus on both. It takes an investment of time on the part of the presenter to develop and rehearse this type of content, but the results are worth it.
Document Presentation from: Slidedocs combine the strengths of documents and presentations while minimizing their weaknesses. By doing this, people have learned to overlook presentation software as a tool for combining words and visuals in a way that allows people to quickly consume and spread information in atomic bites. How will you use slidedocs Simply put, slidedocs communicate on your behalf.
When information needs to be conveyed without the help of a formal presenter, slidedocs serve this purpose. By distributing a slidedoc before a meeting, you can reserve a majority of the meeting for building consensus.
This is particularly helpful when the topic is highly complex or technical. Slidedocs help you fully explain your idea without being there. This is why slidedocs make great modular sales collateral. Information should enhance a conversation, not distract from it.
Combining words and visuals around a single idea makes it easier for people to refer to the information in the heat of a discussion. Nancy Duarte uncovers common structure of greatest communicators. Check the presentation in TED.
Most of the images included in the presentation are in the book. The difficult task is to be able to tell in only 18 minutes most of the messages covered in the book.
And she does it. Because she focus on the main messages. She says she wants to tell you a story; she wants to change the world. She says that she wants to share an idea; that all of us have something to share, something that can change the world. You can design slidedocs using PowerPoint or any presentation software, but they are not presentations.
They include much more content. If you are asked to give a presentation, do a presentation. Reports inform, while stories entertain. The structural difference between a report and a story is that a report organizes facts by topic, while a story organizes scenes dramatically.
Presentations fall in the middle and contain both information and story, so they are called explanations. But presentations are not reports. Many people who create presentations are stuck in the mindset that if they use a presentation application, like PowerPoint, to create a report, the report is a presentation.
Reports should be distributed; presentations should be presented. Document Presentation Story from: The first is the call to adventure—this should show the audience a gap between what is and what could be—jolting the audience from complacency. When effectively constructed—an imbalance is created—the audience will want your presentation to resolve this imbalance. The second turning point is the call to action, which identifies what the audience needs to do or how they need to change.
This act become a widespread story about a device that can keep songs in your pocket. A mobile phone that combines a communication tool, multimedia functions and internet communication. People came to hear you speak; since they want to know your perspective on the subject, you should give it to them. It just needs to be your point of view on the subject rather than a generalization.
The big idea should articulate the reason why the audience should care enough to adopt your perspective. Without a compelling reason to move, a big idea falls flat. A big idea must be a complete sentence. Stating the big idea in sentence form forces it to have a noun and a verb. A big idea has to be a complete sentence: We can have better departments and we can be better radiologists if we study quality and management.
She repeats it at least three times.
Then, she adds another concept: Facts alone are not sufficient to persuade. Create the right balance of analytical and emotional appeal; this will bolster your credibility. The audience will feel connected to and have respect for your idea. Make a claim and supply evidence that supports the claim. It is necessary to use logical appeal in all presentations. When people feel these emotions, they will throw reason out the window; people make important decisions based on emotion.
Structure strengthens your thinking. This moment should be so profound or so dramatic that it becomes what the audience chats about at the watercooler or appears as the headline of a news article. They can be as simple as a prop or demo, or something more dramatic, like a reenactment or skit. Attaching a great story to the big idea makes it easily repeatable beyond the presentation.
He walked to the side of the stage, picked up one of these envelopes and pulled out a MacBook Air. Carmine Gallo. How to be insaney great in front of any audience He walked to the side of the stage, picked up one of these envelopes and pulled out a MacBook Air. Only share the right information for that exact moment with that specific audience. Though one of the shortest speeches in history, it is also considered to be one of the greatest. He believes that this rule applies to presentations when the audience needs to reach consensus.
Complete thoughts and phrases are placed on a slide or across a series of slides with simple images. The idea is that it is better to move through four slides, spending 15 seconds on each slide, than to present a single slide that takes up a minute of presentation time.
The rhythmic, fast-paced slide progression makes it difficult for audience members to drift away, and every idea or concept gets its moment in the sun.
The goal is to use no more than a handful preferably, less than three of easy-to-understand words, or a single image or photo with no accompanying words, on each slide, to deliver a very clear, very high-impact message in a very short period of time.
Many believe that this approach forces the audience to listen to the speaker, since the slides alone do not demonstrate all the content to be delivered.
Reduce large phrases and bodies of copy to single words. Simplify the slides so the audience can process each one in under three seconds. Remove as much from the slides as possible and move material into the notes. Also, try to not use bullet points. Bullet points are the least effective way to deliver important information according to a new research into cognitive functioning - How te brain retains information-.
Researchers have discovered that ideas are more likely to be remembered if they are presented as pictures instead of words or pictures paired with words. Research and collect input from the web, colleagues, and the industry 1 hour: Build an audience-needs map. Generate ideas via sticky notes. Organize the ideas.
Have colleagues critique or collaborate around the impact the ideas will have on audience. Build the slides in a presentation application. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse in the shower, on the treadmill, or during the commute 25 from: The Open University Use of language Depending on who you are talking to, you will have to adjust the language and level of register you are using a register is a variety of language used for a particular purpose or social setting. It is unlikely that an audience made of children will understand many metaphors, similes or other figures of complex speech.
You may also find that an audience made up of non-native English speakers might struggle with the comprehension of idiomatic expressions or humour. So whatever figures of speech, register or style you decide to use, you need to be sure that a good proportion of the audience understands them.
Age The age of an audience dictates the developmental pitch of a talk. Different age groups will have different levels of understanding, different abilities to process ideas and different concentration spans.
However, there are other, more subtle differences to be taken into account in preparing a talk: Gender Gender differences vary widely from country to country, among political and religious communities and within different age groups. At the most basic level, no talk should make assumptions about life experiences, biases or preferences on the basis of gender. Culture A speaker needs to take into account possible cultural norms of an audience. If a speaker tends to be very physically demonstrative for example, will an audience sit up and take notice or will they just be embarrassed?
Religion Closely linked to culture, religion might dictate the very subjects a speaker may or may not speak about if they wish to avoid causing offence. Some kinds of language may be unacceptable, some words or images forbidden.
Affiliation A talk on the environment addressed to a group of science graduates will be different from one given to the interested public, or to oil executives or politicians. Similarly, a political leaning in an audience will affect the way content is delivered. Sometimes, it is best to rely other tools , as pens, pencils and crayons and a piece of paper. The goal is to generate ideas, lots of ideas.
Content development technologies There are different approaches and tools to develop the ideas: Every note should include one single idea.
These sticky notes allow ideas to be captured, sorted and rearranged as needed.
It is free free version includes publicity. There are many different apps for both computers and tablets. You can find versions for different Operative Systems. Use the search function in your computer and try different programs most of them are free. You can learn more about this topic in this direction: The Decker Grid System has four steps for preparing a powerful message: Lay the cornerstones 2.
Create ideas 3. Cluster the ideas into themes 4. Compose a message that motivates! Every technique has its own learning curve. This grid is not really easy, and it takes some time to understand it. This means: You organize your content in a story-like format, using various theories and concepts that have been shown to be effective for persuasive, engaging communication.
You create acts, like in a play, that integrate the audience into the story. No bullet points, of course. You write what you are going to say in the Notes pane. You add an image that relates to the text, whether literally or figuratively. That means no background template! You use the plain white background, although the image that you add can cover the entire slide. Each slide is different, although the artistic style should be similar throughout the presentation.
You never read from the slide; instead you use your notes from the Notes pane. For handouts, you always provide the Notes pages so people can see your text. Cliff provides some tips for the physical aspect of delivery, too, such as where to put your hands and how to stand. He explains how to create a dialog with the audience. You may not always want to do everything he says, but you will learn a lot by trying just one complete presentation using his method. See how it works for you. Arrangement tells a story.
To maximize the clartity you can employ: There are many ways to create contrast on a slide; some examples: Size Shape Shade Color Proximity The idea is to use just notable differences, visual elements that make a clear difference but no more—contrasts that are definitive, 37 effective and minimal. Edward R. Choose images and diagrams with clear directional flow Select images that flow toward the focal point on the slide or toward the next slide.
FLOW Visual hierarchy, simply put, defines the structure formed when relationships are applied to a set of elements. Text 1 39 Text 1. But you need to pay equal attention to how much space you leave open.
This is often referred to as whitespace, negative space, or clear space. Generally, any slide that needs to sacrifice whitespace to make room for content is packed too tightly.
When a slide is expected to present more information than it can comfortably hold, it is no longer the right tool for the job. You have to make key design decisions in order to achieve a great slide. It is important to keep consistency: Sometimes, breaking consistency may be used as a visual tool to make emphasis. Before decide on a color palette, you need to determine your background color. Two main factors determine wether dark or light is appropriate: But if you plan to keep most of the lights on which is highly advisable then a white background with black or dark text works much better.
It sets a tone and helps establish what the audience will expect. Understanding and using the color wheel helps you choose a harmonious palette.