PowerPoint is a tool that can either help or hinder a good presentation. Unfortunately, far too many audiences suffer 'death by PowerPoint' simply because the material isn't presented in the way people want to receive it
San Diego (Vocus) January 22, 2009
"Don't Let PowerPoint Ruin Your Presentation" is the newest e-Course offered at The Working Smarter Network (WSN), an exclusive consortium of websites and blogs that provide varied, useful and relevant information to help businesspeople be more effective.
Authored by communications guru Rick Altman, the free e-Course is offered to any business person charged with creating or presenting information for groups. The course will show presenters how to use PowerPoint wisely (which sometimes may mean not at all) in order to capture their audience's attention, help them remember what was presented, and create a strong bond between presenter and audience.
This free e-Course is delivered via email in six short 20-minute segments to those who register at http://www.smartdraw.com/ecourse-altman/signup.htm. "Don't Let PowerPoint Ruin Your Presentation" segments include:
1. The Pain: Too Much Too Easy--many people "learn" how to use PowerPoint in less than 30 minutes, but that's not always a good thing. Control is key.
2. The Pain: Misguided Messaging--some presenters unwittingly turn the audience against them with their first few sentences. There is a better way.
3. The Pain: Stuck Inside the Slide--don't rely on the slide to spur creative ideas. Sometimes you shouldn't rely on PowerPoint at all.
4. The Solution: Surviving Bullets--slide wordiness is a silent presentation killer. Less is most definitely more.
5. The Solution: Thriving with Animation--using animation wisely and appropriately helps your audience get it, while keeping you on track.
6. The Solution: Working Smarter, Presenting Better--flexibility and some PowerPoint navigation tips and tricks can literally save your presentation.
Rick Altman is one of the most widely-read authors on graphics and presentations in the world and author of the business classic, "Why Most PowerPoints SUCK--And How You Can Make Them Better." He is a regular speaker at industry events that focus on better communications, and he is the host of one of the top PowerPoint conferences in the world, PowerPoint Live.
"PowerPoint is a tool that can either help or hinder a good presentation. Unfortunately, far too many audiences suffer 'death by PowerPoint' simply because the material isn't presented in the way people want to receive it," says Altman. "This course will give any presenter the tips they need to know to make winning presentations that will be remembered for all the right reasons."
About the Working Smarter Network
The Working Smarter Network (WSN) is an exclusive consortium of websites and blogs that provide varied, relevant and useful information to help businesspeople be more effective. The content provided by WSN members is geared towards managers, business owners, consultants, and other professionals who want to improve their productivity by learning and applying the best techniques available. The WSN currently consists of 24 members whose specialties include presentation skills, sales management, training, leadership, marketing, and communicating visually. The WSN was founded in December 2008 by SmartDraw.com. Please visit the Working Smarter Network at http://blog.smartdraw.com.
Michelle Francis, for the Working Smarter Network