3 PowerPoint habits to eliminate

Strategic communications advisor Stephanie Scotti is ready for bad PowerPoints to be eliminated from the workplace. She offers three solutions to help break this pattern.

Quick tips for presentation prep

Rather than using the 15 minutes before your presentation to stress and fret, follow these tips to prepare mentally.

Rule No. 1: Keep your audience in mind

Successful presenters prepare by not only focusing on information, but on their audience’s concerns and communication style. By catering to the audience, a presentation becomes more effective and has a higher chance of succeeding. To focus on your target audience and learn what they will expect, answer these questions.

How to effectively present all that data

When you’re working on a project that involves a great deal of data, it can be difficult to figure out how to effectively share the numbers. Use these tips to do it right.

What are people thinking? 3 survey tools

Free survey tools enable you to query your customers, staff or followers about a particular topic. You can set up a two- to three-question survey in under five minutes with any of these online survey tools.

Perfect your presentations

Knowing how to deliver a polished, effective presentation is an important skill, says Jonas Altman, a partner at Social Fabric.

Engage an audience conversation-style

If you have to make a presentation, use conversation-style tactics to keep your audience engaged, suggests leadership expert George Bradt, who says he avoids lecture-style presentations as much as possible.

YouTube videos in PowerPoint

Q. Can I have a video from YouTube in my presentation and have it play automatically?

Keep presentations to just 9 minutes

Research shows workers waste an average of more than 2½ hours a week in unnecessary meetings. The reason is Parkinson’s Law: the amount of time given for a task is the amount of time it will take. If given 30 minutes to give a presentation, it will take 30 minutes.

Push these buttons to sell that idea

"Multiple intelligences" pioneer Howard Gardener says you can use seven levers for persuading other people to latch onto new ideas.