How much do people remember from a presentation?

By Cornerstone,

Not much I’m afraid… most of what you present will go in one ear and out the other! There have been various studies conducted on this, and the most generous results we’ve seen are as follows: > Immediately after the presentation, the audience remembered 50% of what was said > By the next day, the  … Read more

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Number of Slides. Does it really matter?

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Over the years many PowerPoint myths have developed. One of them is about the number of slides we “should” use, with many people so concerned about keeping their slides to a minimum that they cram all their content into as few slides as possible. But no! That’s the last thing you should do! That’s simply  … Read more

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Can flexible working increase productivity?

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The Telegraph recently ran an article about more British workers being given the right to request flexible working hours – read article here. Hallelujah we say to that! Why? Because the current office environment – typically getting to the office at 9am, staying til 5.30pm, working in an open-plan office, and spending most of the  … Read more

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Don’t be lazy with your visuals: get creative and get them right!

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“Seeing comes before words.  The child looks and recognises before it can speak.”   – John Berger, “Ways of Seeing” (1972).     Visuals are powerful and can stimulate feelings, memories and past learning.  By “visuals” I mean any images you can use in a presentation, such as photos, icons, graphs or illustrations.  These highly valuable communication tools  … Read more

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What you see is what you get…

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Touch, taste, hearing, sight and smell: the five senses through which we receive information about our world, and useful tools for anyone wanting to communicate a clear, powerful message.  I’ll admit that integrating touch, taste or smell into a standard Presentation could be a challenge, but there’s no excuse for not making the most of  … Read more

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Your presentation is not a hand-out!

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Presentations are great, and hand-outs are great, so you could be forgiven for thinking that putting the two things together would be super great. Unfortunately though, a presentation which comprises your diligently compiled notes is one of the dullest things on earth. A presentation is a chance for you to engage with your audience, but  … Read more

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Don’t read to your audience: talk to them instead

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A classic mistake presenters make, is to pack their slides full of words, which they then read to the audience. Unless your audience is very young indeed, they can read for themselves. Having you read to them is actually just annoying and slightly insulting. You may be forgiven for thinking that receiving the message in  … Read more

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Keep it clean! Free your slides of text, charts & “mess”

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PowerPoint so willingly lends itself to the insertion of information, lots of information: charts, bullet lists, and dense blocks of text. But as we all know, more is so often NOT more, especially when it comes to data on slides. More is, in fact, depressing. More is exhausting. More makes you realise you need new  … Read more

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