I’m guessing you’ve had to sit through an awful PowerPoint presentation at some point in your life. Used well, PowerPoint can be an enormously valuable tool, one that can help you communicate more effectively. As presenters, we want to focus our audience’s attention on exactly the point we want them to focus on.
As Garr Reynolds writes in the excellent Presentation Zen Design, “White space is not nothing. This slide, from one of our training workshops, is a good example of a slide with plenty of white space.
Words on a screen can do those things, but not nearly as well as an inspired presenter who uses simple graphics and visuals to reinforce the most important points. That slide isn’t terrible, but it’s not likely to reach the audience on an emotional level. Many presenters print their PowerPoint presentations and distribute them to the audience as a takeaway document. The problem with that approach is that speakers end up developing what Nancy Duarte calls a “slideument”—a slide that is half written document and half presentation visual.
Slides are intended to help the audience remember your information—not to help you remember your own information. Instead of using your slides as your speaking notes, print out your notes on paper or notecards. Click here to instantly join our mailing list, and we’ll send you the 25 most essential public speaking tips for free. I _always_ use one of these (whichever color better fits my template and the surroundings) to turn off the image when I want people to look at me.
I think leaving the last slide there, after it has been read by the audience, when you want to explain further, isn’t enough. When there is a PowerPoint presentation in the offing, part of me wants to be caught up in the visual underlining of what the speaker is saying. After many years working with PowerPoint and witnessing presentations I could see, bad, average and good presentations. Join our email list to get our 21 most essential media training tips Join the thousands of professionals who receive our email newsletter twice per month.
Worst of all Barbie would have to walk on all fours with her 6 inch ankles and size 3 feet that are unable to support the weight of her spider long legs.
Barbie’s body and lifestyle tells us a lot about what society believes a woman should be.
The Colorado Springs-based pop rockers OneRepublic dropped their newest album Native this week. The 12-track album goes in a few different musical directions, some songs are pop, and others go in an experimental direction. Shawn McGuire is a Montreal-born and now Hamilton-based journalist who enjoys covering news in the Steel City. A cinematic realization, in which British Shakespearean actor Tom Hiddleston portrays an American icon.

Clearly many businesses and many countries have a more liberal look on gender equality, it isn’t all that black and white as I have described above, but I keep facing old attitudes and lots and lots of blind spots, and it surprises me, I thought we had moved on (especially when I think of Norway, the most egalitarian country in the world). That's the tag line of artist Saint Hoax's awareness campaign for domestic violence titled "Happy Never After." Similar to his first poster series "Princest Diaries," which promotes awareness of issues of sexual abuse by family members, the objective of "Happy Never After" is to encourage victims of domestic violence to report their attackers.
While both "Princest Diaries" and "Happy Never After" are uncomfortable to look at, it is this exact effect Hoax hopes to have on his audience. They want an easy answer, such as “one per minute,” but the truth is that there’s no easy answer.
But when speakers fill almost every centimeter of their slides with words, bullets, and graphics, they give the audience no sense of priority. White space—or “empty” space—is a critical component of guiding viewers to your most important point.
The main goal—as with all communication—is to transfer information, knowledge, or inspiration from you to your audience. The point I wanted to make with that slide was this: If you’re not visible when your audience is searching for you, it’s as if you don’t exist. Because the presenters know their slides won’t make sense without explanation, they add a lot of text to make sure their slides can be understood months or years after their presentation. Slideuments fail in both roles; they lack the detail required by a written document but are too cluttered to serve as an effective visual. Design visuals that grab the audience’s attention and demand your explanation during your presentation, and create a detailed document that people can take away from the presentation once you’ve finished speaking. Often when I attent meeting in my network then people are often just use a PowerPoint slideshow with a lot of text and no images. Entertain me with your wit, your stories painted with glorious vocabulary, your humor…but please, don’t show anymore PowerPoint slides! Usually PP means speaker will turn off the lights…a portion of the audience will likely nod off, or at least want to.
A few charts for the data driven are very helpful and PP is a good way to offer them, along with some duplicates as handouts as the audience is exiting. PP is NOT a safety net for the speaker but most who use it hang off it with such dependence that it sucks the life out of the remarks. Although he’s an academic and a bit overwhelming, Edward Tufte is an expert at the corrupting effect of PowerPoint.
What happens each and every time is visual text only, handouts and the eventual recycling bin with no staying power to any of the information. Unfortunately the bad and average presentations are the predominant but this can be coached and the tips you shared in this post are good reminders for any presenter who is trying to deliver a clear message to the audience. Improve your public speaking and media interviewing skills—and enhance your career—by signing up below.
The album was originally supposed to be released in the fall of 2012, but was subsequently delayed and has now finally been released.
The first two singles off the album “Feel Again” and “If I Lose Myself” both have catchy hooks. There’s the standard 12-track version as well as a 17-track deluxe version, which includes 2 bonus songs and the rest are merely acoustic versions of tracks already on the album.

Speaking in general terms, I get a sense that people in majority (let’s say a heterosexual white man) are not trying to learn about the reality of the world through other people’s eyes (let’s say a coloured, lesbian woman). They show our favorite Disney princesses bruised and bloodied, images that are particularly jarring because they tie the somber topic of domestic violence to characters who played a large part in many women's childhoods.
Or perhaps you had to strain to see the cluttered slides, each filled with microscopic text. Some presentations would be better with no slides at all, while some expert speakers can click through 120 simple slides in an hour. That doesn’t mean putting words on a screen, which creates a conflict for your audience (should I read or should I listen?). When you forget what to say next, simply look down (while not speaking and remaining calm), look back up, establish eye contact, and resume speaking. The beauty ideal we impose on women, to be thin, blond, long legged, big busted and even, foot binded. Notice that Barbie always walks on her tippy-toes.
Her glamorous beach houses, convertibles and clothing subliminally teach little girls from a very young age that consumerism is what we should aspire to. It’s no surprise since the band’s main songwriter, Ryan Tedder, has written songs for the likes of Adele, Maroon 5, the Backstreet Boys, and many others. However, if you don’t enjoy simplistic music that is made to be radio friendly, Native is a weak album, full of similar-sounding tracks. Maybe there are some deep psychological reasons behind that I have not understood, but it seems I’m not alone!
They defend their walls and their world, without trying to lean outside of the walls and see what it looks like. We like to stay within our comfort zone and keep things as we know them – it feels safer that way. But here we are decades after she was first conceived, our kids still playing with her, while millions of girls battle anorexia, slut shaming and wondering if being conventionally beautiful is a better path to success than having a career. The album is overly produced with lots of backing instruments including various string arrangements, lots of percussion, backing vocals, and of course auto-tune. The circumference of her head would be 20 inches, while her waist would only be 16 inches. She would only have room for half a liver and a few inches of intestine. An ideal is merely an abstraction whereas real bodies are concrete, genetic expressions influenced by a number of factors. Her legs would be dangerously thin and 50% longer than her arms, while the average American woman’s legs are only 20% longer. Just did this recently to an audience of about 50 and at the end of my presentation, we had great dialogue.
Her waist would be 56% the circumference of her hips, while the average American woman’s is 80%.
The belief that little kids shouldn’t be playing with anatomically correct toys, is merely asserting that kids should be ashamed of their bodies.

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