Episode 031 — Prep 5 Questions and a Pair of Fives


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.


  1. The perfect does not become the enemy of the good.
  2. You save time building your next deck.
  3. It’s easier for other folks to edit and revise it.
  4. You can build an archive of slides.
  5. 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.


  1. Ink annotations
  2. Layouts
  3. Presentation mode
  4. Export as JPEG
  5. Mobile app


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