2-Minute Tip: Prepare 5 Questions
We all want an engaged audience. Sometimes that doesn’t happen. To deal with it, have a plan before you start. Instead of scrambling for ways to engage your crowd on the fly, choose 5 questions before you start that you know you can ask. It gives you a chance to engage a quiet group in a more confident way.
Post Tip Discussion: A Pair of Fives
This week, I decided to address two, intermediate-length topics.
If you often present on the same or similar topics, you don’t have to build a new slide deck every time. And you don’t have to get it to “finished” status, either. Instead, think of your slide deck as a living document that will evolve to meet changing needs over the coming days, weeks, months, or years. There are 5 advantages to this approach.
- The perfect does not become the enemy of the good.
- You save time building your next deck.
- It’s easier for other folks to edit and revise it.
- You can build an archive of slides.
- Good writing is never finished.
PowerPoint has a bunch of features many folks never use, even though they are valuable. Here are 5 of them.
- Ink annotations
- Presentation mode
- Export as JPEG
- Mobile app
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