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Put Your Best Foot Forward

Put Your Best Foot Forward

Presenters must feel comfortable on stage in order to put their best foot forward. If they aren’t they run the risk of their audience losing interest. In other words, the whole presentation will suffer and turn out to be a waste of time and money.

Our team ensures that the microphones and placed correctly, that the volume levels are optimum and that the technology is ready to roll. But that’s not where it ends with Lucas Productions. We want every aspect of the presentation to be perfect and are always searching for tips for the presenters.

We ran across an article that had some great tips at Lifehack.org, called “18 Tips for Killer Presentations” by Scott Young. It begins with Guy Kawasaki’s golden rule that a powerpoint slide presentation should have no more than ten slides, last no longer than 20 minutes and have no text in fonts smaller than 30 point.

Below are highlights of the article’s 18 tips. Click the link above to read all 18 tips in detail.

  • Be Entertaining
  • Speak Slowly
  • Make Eye Contact
  • 20-20 Rule – In addition to Kawasaki’s 10-20-30 rule, try the 20-20 rule of 20 slides each lasting 20 seconds.
  • Don’t Read Your Slides
  • Project Your Voice
  • Don’t Plan Gestures – Planned gestures look false.
  • Breathe In Not Out – Replace “ums” “ahs”, etc. with a pause and inhale.
  • Come Early, Really Early – Come early, scope out the room, run through your slideshow and make sure there won’t be any glitches. (At Lucas Productions we can’t stress this point enough!)
  • Have Fun – Enthusiasm is contagious.

Read Scott Young’s article for more tips and details on the ones we’ve listed. And, don’t hesitate to ask your AV provider for advice – that’s what we’re here for!!