Presentation Skills – how savvy are you?


Image by Gen Kanai via Flickr

Earlier today I listened to a webinar hosted by Scott Schwertly, Founder, Ethos3
on how to deliver an excellent Presentation.

It was so good, I thought I would share some snippets here for those of you who are unable to spare an hour to listen to the whole ‘shebang’.

If you can, it is well worth a listen to, so click here  to download the full webinar.


The three main parts of any presentation are the

  • Content
  • Design
  • Delivery
Credibility is King; Know your audience; Planning is King
Simplicity is the key
Understanding fear; Power of perception; Beyond the message
  • Write like you speak;
  • Be as clear as you can;
  • Pretend you are talking to a child;
  • Break up your content;
  • Keep it simple, short and to the point;
  • Planning is King!
  • Determine your objective;
  • Develop a theme;
  • Outline your content
  • Preview it; Tell it; Review it
  • Less is more;
  • Break things up: don’t be afraid to have multiple slides for each point;
  • Choose colour scheme carefully – black, dark blue and purple are good colours
  • Use photography with typography
  • Use one of the four design styles namely:
    • Godin method, which uses mainly images
    • Takahashi method which uses mainly big texts
    • Multiple slides approach where you use one slide for each key message
    • Kawasaki method which states that a good presentation should use no more than 10 slides, lasts no longer than twenty minutes and use nothing less than a 30 point font
  • Acknowledge that everyone gets anxious, so practise, practise, practise; exercise or do whatever else that helps to relax you!
  • Perception – your delegates will be judging you based on what they see and hear so:
  • Overdress, but beware too much jewellery or makeup,
  • Iron your clothes;
  • Empty your pockets;
  • Turn off technology;
  • Be on time – one hour early is good;
  • Provide quality hand-outs;
  • Double check technology;
  • Have multiple back-up plans;
  • Prepare an opening and a closing remarks.
  • Opening remarks –          some tips:
  • Tell a story;
  • Ask a question;
  • Quote someone;
  • Share extra-ordinary info about ordinary things;
  • Be retrospective or prospective                          
  • Closing remarks – some tips:
  • Call to action;
  • Circle back;
  • Start and end in the same way;
  • Build up to something
Beyond the message
Beware your:

  • Tone
  • Confidence
  • Eye contact
  • Body language
Online software:

  • Slide rocket
  • Prezi
  • Photos – istock/fotolia
  • Videos – YouTube/Vimeo


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About Cay

Dynamic, innovative, creative, multi-skilled, trustworthy, reliable, knowledgeable - these are just some of the words that you could use to describe me. I am Cay Moore, Owner of Cay Moore Associates. I am a Christian and take an active role in community issues. I am married and have three gorgeous children who together with my husband, challenge, inspire and motivate me every day! I enjoy working and sharing my experiences with people. Leveraging my many years of experience gained from working in various capacities in England and abroad, I work with businesses and individuals to bring order to chaos and solutions to dilemmas. Contact me to see how Cay Moore Associates and/or Cay Moore Events Management could be of help to you. With best wishes for your business and personal success. Cay Owner, Cay Moore Associates email: twitter: @Cay_Moore skype: cay.mooreassociates
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