Drowning in "P" Words...
Oi! You might think the 'P
' Word is P
oint, but it's not. I learned this in several presentations this week, where I used so many words that started with the letter "P
" that I thought the microphone might explode! Pop, pop, pop!
Anyway, I decided that there are way too many Ps in internet marketing and new technologies. We need to stop inventing more P words. Or behave like Scooby Do (or Barbara Walters), but instead of replacing our Rs with Ws, we should replace Ps with Ws. Think about it:
- Walm Wilots.
- Wress Releases.
You get the wicture!
Anyway, this wodcast
is brought to you by the letter P
! Find out the new "Four Ps of Internet Communications "in a 12 minute podcast
Thanks for listening...Click here to listen!
Fun With PowerPoint!
"Are we there yet?" If you're tired of hearing this plaintive cry from the backseat this summer, try playing a PowerPoint Game. The Hillsborough Township School District offers four fun and free PowerPoint Games to download, including Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Jeopardy, Hollywood Squares, and Weakest Link. Visit them at http://www.hillsborough.k12.nj.us/edlinkspowerpoint.htm
Another Fab Freebie for PowerPoint...
Import Pics for PowerPoint v1.0
lets you do a mass import of pictures into your PowerPoint slides. You put all the pictures you want to import in one folder, and this free program slurps them all up, sizing and centering each picture on an individual slide within your presentation.
One click, and you're done. If you have a ton of pictures, this can save an enormous amount of time and trouble.
If it was the 1960's, it would be like tossing all of your slides in the air, and having them automatically land in your slide carosel, perfectly. No upside down slides, either.
I'm glad it's not the 1960's anymore...download the fab freebie by visiting http://www.radfiler.com/importpics.htm
Yesterday, I spoke of the power of the PowerPoint Evaluation
...the kind you give to yourself while you're presenting. Today, I'll use a term that's gaining in popularity among educators: the PowerPoint Rubric.
Rubric is an unusual, maybe unheard of word in business. People in business often glibly call rubrics "best practices
" (score another one for Buzzword Bingo
!). The dictionary says that "rubric" means "authoritative rule
". The word has its origins in the Middle English word rubrike
or red ocher -- the color used for the heading in red letters in parts of books.Big, Bold, Red Letters:
you just don't see that too often in books any more! But you see it frequently in PowerPoint presentations.....
Anyway....whether you're an educator that is looking for a PowerPoint rubric to grade student presentations, or a business person looking to evaluate presentation best practices... I would like to suggest visiting the University of Wisconsin's A+ Rubric
for evaluating PowerPoint presentations.
This simple grid outlines important elements of the PowerPoint presentation. If you're an educator, it's a helpful tool for grading. If you're in business, it's a helpful tool for evaluating what's really important in a presentation.
Of course, there are other rubrics: and many I've seen online are pretty awful. They seem to place a high priority on using every one of PowerPoint's bells and whistles within a 15 minute presentation, instead of connecting with the people in the audience.
So let me ask you this: what's the best PowerPoint Rubric you've ever used or seen
? What elements might you want to see in your ideal rubric?Here's a list
of some of the better PowerPoint Rubric
resources I've found on the 'net.
Help! I Can't Read Body Language!
What can you do when you're presenting...and you can't see your audience? When you give an online
PowerPoint presentation to a group, for example -- or you're leading a teleconference or webconference -- you can't read your audience's body language.
Body language gives us important information on how to present. It also helps audience members react to a presenter.
So how can you connect with you audience when you can't actually see them react? In this brief (under 10 minute) podcast
, I give you three terrific tips for connecting to your audience during an online presentation.
I also discuss the concept of the Alpha
Audience Member and how to play "Buzzword Bingo
".Download the podcast
I Love the Smell of PowerPoint in the Morning...
Believe it or not, live PowerPoint presentations can be sensory, full-bodied experiences. Sadly, many presenters focus primarily on the visual elements of PowerPoint, adding a dizzying display of backgrounds, pictures, charts, animations, and bullet points...simply because PowerPoint makes it easy to do so.
While focusing solely on visuals may stroke a presenter’s ego, it does very little to provoke a positive emotional response from the audience. That’s because information arrives in our brains through all five of our senses: taste, touch, sight, smell, and sound.
All five senses provide a portal to the human mind. The more you can awaken and enliven your audience’s senses, the more powerful your PowerPoint presentation can be.Just how sensual are you willing to be when you give a PowerPoint presentation?
What can you do to effectively reach all five of your audience's senses? Find out in this brief, easy-listening PowerPoint podcast
- just under six minutes!
More on "The Scoop"
On Wednesday's PowerPoint podcast
, I asked "What's the Scoop on the PowerPoint Loop
?", where I made a reference to a looped lobby / plant floor kiosk.
Here's an example of the kind of late-breaking company news that is appropriate to communicate in a kiosk PowerPoint loop!
It's but one slide in a series of twenty....but it effectively got the word out about an impromptu company event!
It' the real scoop!
PowerPoint Loops: What's the Scoop?
What's the scoop on the PowerPoint Loop? Why would you want one and how would you create it? And what three things do you need to consider before you add music or sound to your looped presentation?
Find out in this short (seven minute, seven second) podcast
. You can even follow along by downloading visuals to accompany the podcast in this PowerPoint-turned-PDF-file
with abbreviated show notes.
Listen to the PowerPoint Podcast
Download the PowerPoint/PDF file
PowerPoint or Pastries: Take the Online Poll!
When it comes to relationship sales, a PowerPoint presentation is OK...but a PowerPoint conversation
over cake and coffee is much better!
Last week, regular podcast subscribers listened to me rant about the phenomenal power of pastries
. (See two posts below!) I can't promise that I'll stop anytime soon. I really dig sweet little treats....especially when this summer season brings us a bounty of berries.
Don't ever underestimate the Power of the Humble Cookie in your next business meeting!
Oh Canada! Oh USA! Oh PowerPoint!
Independence Day + Canada Day + Great Weather = Super Fun, Long Holiday Weekend!
(I feel lucky: I live in a border state and have dual citizenship...so I have an excuse to celebrate all weekend long. Fireworks, picnics, Labatt -- the works!)Before I go out to party:
the Winnipeg School Division has posted an informative student Canada Day PowerPoint Presentation
. You can download it for free, and learn all about the history of the Canadian flag (including what the flag looked like before it sported its famous red maple leaf), Canadian symbols, parliament, the tartan, and much more.And for the Yankees,
you can visit the Parting Water page, which offers several exceptional and totally free lady liberty PowerPoint backgrounds
. This set of backgrounds can make a (Yankee Doodle) dandy backdrop for any of your Independence Day PowerPoint presentations.