Ten Easy Steps to Presenting

Putting together a powerpoint presentation for the purpose of promoting an idea or campaign can be quite daunting if you don’t know what your doing.  With little time, you have to sell yourself in the best way possible, making sure that you get everthing you want communicated to the audience without losing their interest.  This in itself can be a near impossible task.  Thus, when I stumbled upon a blog that simplifed the process of creating a successful powerpoint presentation into ten easy steps, I could not help but take notice.  The ten steps outlined in the blog make a clear and easy process out of making a presentation a memorable one.  By covering all of the bases mentioned in the steps, you can be sure that you will have created an informational,educational and interesting presentation that will do its job to sell the audience.  I know the next time I am making a presentation I will be sure to have these steps beside me.  If I had known these ten steps earlier, I would have saved myself a lot of stress! 
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10 Responses to Ten Easy Steps to Presenting

  1. drgilpin says:

    Interesting post. The in-text link (“ten easy steps”) has a mistake in it–you would be better off removing that HTML link from the first line of the post, and fixing the one in the paragraph.

  2. brittz87 says:

    I have never really enjoyed creating powerpoint presentations, but these steps definitely simplified the process for me. I think the problem most people have with powerpoint presentations is finding a way to end them. Often the slides just stop, leaving the audience wondering what they were supposed to learn from the presentation. The #10 step, the “Call to Action” was the most important thing I took from the article. An ending slide that does more than just summarize the whole presentation is genius. Telling them exactly what the nugget of information they are supposed to leave with, makes the presentation overall more digestible.

  3. wackyzachy47 says:

    If there is one thing that this class has definitely ingrained in me is that slides should be as minimal as possible. After reading this post and subsequent blog, I really liked how they broke it down withe 10/20/30 rule. It was yet another reminder to keep-it-simple-stupid. I concur with brittz87 in that I have never really enjoyed the ancient art of crafting a powerpoint presentation, but this blog and this class has definitely shown me that it does not have to be as daunting as I used to believe.

  4. knish21087 says:

    Reading these steps helped ingrain in my mind that a powerpoint presentation needs to tell a story. These ten easy steps that were listed seem more like a story outline to me than a slide presentation. I think that this helped me realize that if you approach your presentation from a different angle and make sure it is cohesive than the end result will ultimately be a lot better. No matter what it is always important to have a game-plan for a powerpoint presentation and this blog is able to give you a good starting point.

  5. kristarogers says:

    I really appreciate these rules and the simple way he laid them out. I think that he makes a very interesting point by suggesting the 10/20/30 rule. As an audience member, that sounds a lot more appealing than an hour long presentation with 100 slides filled with tiny text. I have never really thought about the size of text having an affect on the effectivness of a presentation. However, now that I am familiar with these rules and understand the logic behind them, I will definitely work on implementing them into my next presentation. This class has really been emphasizing the “less is more” idea in regards to creating Powerpoint presentations, and this just sends that notion home.

  6. mara2009 says:

    I liked the 10 steps listed in the blog. Being a decent public speaker, I’ve never had a problem ending a presentation. However, I am still improving on my Powerpoint skills. I also like to keep things simple. This class has shown me that it isn’t too difficult to insert cool graphics into a Powerpoint presentation. I’ve also learned to be more comfortable using slides in front of an audience.

  7. asbrooks04 says:

    Though I think the link in this post is interesting and could be helpful, I would venture to disagree that the information in it and what we’ve learned in class makes the creation of an effective powerpoint any less daunting. In fact, I think for most normal people, breaking down the information in your presentation to the most salient facts, then presenting those facts coherently, is probably the biggest reason why most presentations aren’t effective — it’s more difficult than just inserting everything you plan on saying, you actually have to think it out.

  8. mekelly1 says:

    I really like the 10/20/30 rule. After observing many presentations I have found that as an audience member it is much more appealing for a presentation to have the minimal amount of slides and text while still offering the most salient information. I also like the rule of not using font smaller than 30 for any text that is included. I haven’t thought about that before, and it would definitely force you to only include the most valuable information. I like the 10 step model, and that will definitely help with our presentations and creating a story to pitch rather than just relaying information.

  9. davemerenda says:

    Awesome blog. This is going to be very helpful in putting together our presentations. I have been struggling with the power points, but this is really going to make things a little easier.

  10. lbridge says:

    The 10 steps seem like they would be really helpful when giving presentations. I’m sure they will come in handy when it is time for us to present in class. It’s sometimes hard to make power point presentations interesting but this seems like it could really help out in that area.

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