After I was done with my presentation during my Interior Design in 2014, a fellow student asked:
How do you create a presentation that makes us stay focused on the screen?
It was not the first time that someone asked me to help them with a PowerPoint presentation. If you want to take a look, here’s one of my presentations on Metals in Interior Design. This was when I was NOT even a Presentation Specialist! As you can see in that presentation, I had used a lot of Smart Art and Images. But, frankly, that is NOT enough! As I understood the power of presentations, I came to know that presentations need more than just Smart Art and Imagery. They need to be useful along with aesthetics and a balance of elements that please the eyes of your audience.
The human brain works in a rather tricky way. While some people focus on what is being told instead of what is on the screen, the majority of the audience is going to talk about how your presentation looked. This is even more likely if you own a giant business and want to influence your customers. Ask yourself why. Why would someone choose your product over anyone else’s? If you deliver a presentation that spoke for itself, you gain the prospective customer’s focus!
Here’s a list of things to help you give your presentation a perk!
1. Simplify the Concept:
Many people in the audience are looking to understand things without straining themselves. If your presentation uses high-level vocabulary, chances are your audience is going to fall asleep by the end of the presentation. Three words to go by:
Keep it SIMPLE!
2. Use the Best Imagery:
You don’t really wish to see images that are of low-pixel quality or so tiny that you have to close your eyes halfway, trying to figure out what that image actually is! Save your audience’s time! Use high-quality images that explain the concept perfectly.
Let the images speak for you!
3. Include Useful Information:
Your future customers want to know why it is important for them to know about your products and how they are going to benefit. Focus on the greatness of your products and services.
Include important information
4. Try Something New:
People are bored easily. 90% of your audience is usually lost in thoughts as soon as you start explaining about your company. Instead of a bio, include humor or a video showing your staff.
New is different!
5. Use Animation:
Moving objects keep us looking for more. When you use amazing animation, your audience is more likely to stay focused and concentrate. If you are not really up to spending more time, perk it up by including contrasting imagery or let the screen flash something totally unique or unexpected. Perhaps, a new font that covers the screen or infographics!
Keep it moving!
Presentations shape the future of an individual in the company, create an impression of a product on its customers, influence thousands to follow a great concept. Presentations help spread a message. If you want to create an impact through a presentation, give your best shot to develop a killer presentation!
If all else fails and you really want to try to use some help, a Presentation Specialist can always guide you! Presentation Specialists develop presentations using their creativity and space-smartness to get that message across aesthetically! You can find out if your presentation needs a Presentation Specialist.
I am a Freelance Presentation Specialist with over 15 years of exposure to PowerPoint. I have been freelancing over a year in this field and can help you be the master of your presentation. For further details, please fill out the contact form.
I was studying my Biology, Physics, and Chemistry at a Junior College (High School), aimless and without a dream career in my mind. I always thought I wanted to be an Ophthalmologist because I had been wearing spectacles since I was ten and I wanted to bring change in many people’s lives. Sometimes, I even thought Fine Arts would be the best platform for me because I loved painting. I liked Mass Media Communication because it seemed like it was a superior and cool job to do and it would even help me write for giant Newspaper companies or work in a vast TV network. Sadly, I was not clear because I enjoyed all of them but couldn’t decide what I really wanted to do even after I grow old and still keep doing it with the same passion and dedication.
When I finished my intermediate studies after matriculation, I was in a dark room without a ray of light. My mind was blank. Interestingly, I developed a taste for Fashion Designing because clothes are always been in demand and new designs keep women on their toes. For me, I always wanted to own a boutique. But my parents had a different plan for me. They wanted me to pursue a course which was related to Biology. I never got a seat in M.B.B.S., thanks to my low grades in the entrance test. I never made it to Dentistry too. The next best option for my parents was Pharmacy. There, right there was my future – in my parents’ hands. I know, it’s way easier to think that I could have taken a stand against them and declared that I wanted to pursue Fashion Designing, but I was just a kid who passed Junior College, and the amusing part was that I had not made up my mind. Despite my trials of convincing my parents to agree, I became the victim of peer pressure from my friends’ parents who knew my parents, who said, “Fashion Designing is just a professional course. You can do it even after graduation”. I nodded in agreement and took up Pharmacy. Welcome to the world of Drugs which are good!
I had a horrible first year but the next three years went smoothly. I made new friends, and I thought I always underestimated Pharmacy. I began to thoroughly enjoy Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Organic Chemistry (the subject I dreaded the most). I even belonged to the top twenty students in the class. After graduation, the new phase began – the job hunting. I realized that I had been engrossed in making friends, participating in cultural and co-curricular activities so much that I didn’t really think about making a career in Pharmacy. I asked myself one day, “Is this what I want?” The answer was NO. Pharmacy was definitely an interesting course but thinking about being a part of money giants who sell medicines, manufacture or even write about drugs – that wasn’t what I could dream of. I was unstable again. What did I want then?
I applied for a few jobs in Pharmaceutical companies, but none of them intrigued me. I decided to do something relevant but slightly different. I took up a course in Healthcare Management for a year. I spent time studying about how counselors can help people gain confidence to live a healthier and positive life despite suffering from deadly illnesses. During this course, I developed an interest in Psychology. But that was not what I could do for the rest of my life. After my healthcare management certification, I worked in a pediatric hospital. I definitely loved being around the little people, but not in a way which would require me to listen constantly and talk less, and ultimately because I needed to run around the doctors with files and case sheets (I could have been one, I thought when children’s parents sometimes mistakenly addressed me “Doctor”).
It wasn’t easy for me to stick to one kind of goal. I was going through a massive turnover in life. A lack of guidance and unstable decision-making inclined me towards choosing to take risks. I took a chance. I wanted to give a try again. I looked for work among several Multinational Companies. Despite being asked if I wanted to apply for the Googler job, I stuck to a contract job because I never knew I could make it. But I did. I was given a nice spot in an amazing team which comprised of Googlers too. I was promoted a few times. I learned a wide range of things that people do in giants like this. I was happy and developing at a speed I didn’t expect. Even though I preferred to stick to the corporate sector for six months as the contract mentioned, I chose to go on. At last, I felt that I was in the right place, but I wasn’t. This kind of life wasn’t for me. It paid well, gave me the facilities but I was unhappy. I was not doing something that I wanted to do forever.
I quit my job at the dream company of many and took up Interior Designing. It was one of my favorites since a long time and a creative one too, but making money out of this was not really my kind of thing. After my wedding, I moved to a completely new city, with strangers everywhere around me, I had a depressing job search. Most companies offered much lower pay and each of them had the same question – Why have you changed your career so many times? I didn’t have an answer. After several trials across firms that were related to social media or the Internet, I met a really interesting person who inspired me to choose to work for Imarticus, that held hundreds of training sessions for students across India in a field that I was unfamiliar with. But my strangeness to the field didn’t matter. What I was supposed to do was create and develop content, visual and verbal. I began slowly with a doubt within me if I was doing the right thing – I thought, “Will I ever find the perfect job for myself? How long will I risk my career by trying things that I don’t even know!”
To that question I had one answer – I retired in my chair one day after coming back home from my new office. This is it! This is exactly what makes me jump with curiosity. Everywhere I went in the past, at every job I did, people praised me, not because I presented things but for the way I presented them! At college, my PowerPoint presentations were far better than anyone else’s in class. My lecturers and fellow students never fell asleep when I spoke. At the hospital, my boss always asked me to speak to the doctors and take appointments because he enjoyed how the doctors praised him for hiring good communicators. On the other hand, my consequent colleagues at Google always said that my emails were highly interesting and creative.
All the time, I was looking for a niche – a place where I could shine. The way I communicated through words was what I needed to utilize. Words were what kept me going everywhere. Finally, I took the decision that changed my life – I took up WRITING! It may not be the perfect job because no job is perfect, but what matters is whether I enjoy doing my job and – I love it!
I have seen friends struggling to find that one comfortable workplace and boss who could help them develop. But it’s not that. Finding a job that pays your bills and gives you facilities is not the ultimate career goal – finding the career that soothes your soul and gives you wings to fly is what you need! By jumping jobs, I may have given my resume a bit of length, but now I clearly know that I may never have to pretend or be fake while trying to explain myself to people why I love my job!
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I began working as a Freelance Content Writer and it took me about a year to realize that I was actually better at creating PowerPoint Presentations. Working in the field you enjoy, from the comforts of your home, at your convenient time, eating side-by-side and handling projects that you love is like a dream come true. But I have to tell you, it is not as easy as people think. Most people tell me “Come on, you work from home! Your job is so easy!”
Sometimes, I even had to hear things like, “Earning so much for just one project? You’d be a Millionaire by the end of this month!”
Let me remind you guys. Firstly, Freelancing – is NOT Free Work! With the word ‘Free’ here, I mean two things:
We are not really free throughout the day – we have things to write about, perhaps create some articles or even presentations or probably even handling three major projects at a time! And not only that – we have personal responsibilities to look to, using those little breaks we get during work-hours.
On the other hand, it is annoying to assume that Freelancers can work for free, and for just as much as you quote. NO. Every professional deserves a reward for the talent he/she possesses. Talent is not free.
While it is true that Freelancers work at their convenience, it is not always that way. When we have projects pouring in, we do not even think of fun. It is WORK! We depend on our clients’ belief that we are doing the best for them at a price we agreed mutually. It is not a favor, but just as similar as a payment you send out for the work you’d get done by your employees if you own a company! The only difference – you do not give a Freelancer a monthly paycheck!
If you are looking to hire a Freelancer to finish a task for you, you might need to know a few things before you decide. Ask yourself – Are you really the client whom the Freelancer would agree to work with?
Here are the top five types of clients that Freelancers avoid!
1. The “Free-Bird”:
Free-bird is usually an ex-colleague who has worked with us before and wants to get some work done for free but hesitates to say so. Not a boss or a member of the management but this person is a colleague from the same level from the same team or another or someone who has left the company before or after us. If you do need free work, take it as a complimentary “discount” at the end of your project or simply tell us before you decide to play games.
2. The “Sample Gamer”:
Since I mentioned the word game above, this kind of client is someone who is a master at playing games. He is sly as well as annoying at the same time. We, freelancers, do not mind sharing samples from our previous projects, but when someone asks us to work on one of your projects and send “samples” of those for free, it is ridiculously unprofessional. If you are seeking a sample work for your project, an advance payment can motivate the freelancer to give his best shot. Furthermore, you could even ask for a few changes to adjust the work according to your choices once you receive your sample!
3. The “Invisible Super-Hero”:
Seriously! We mean it. You are not a robot. We know it well. If you are expecting a professional and amazing outcome for your project, it does not come without questions, expectations and most importantly, communication! When you disappear from the scene after an email or a phone call for days or weeks and reappear when you wish, we will not only surprised but shocked to see this kind of invisible behavior. If you are unable to communicate at that moment, have someone take up the responsibility or you could just leave a response stating that you are busy and that you would like to talk about when you are free. As simple as that!
4. The “Dictator”:
Strictly a No-No! What are we? Soldiers of your command? It does not work that way. While we understand that your project might need a lot of input from you before we begin working on it, we do not like crazy micromanagement. If you dictate us to do our job your way at every single step, it is a rude gesture and kind of reflects your insecurity. After all, we are doing something that you could not do on your own. So, just leave it on us to take care of it!
5. The “Dream-Boat Promiser”:
Tell us that you want to work with us in the future ONLY if you are really looking to work with us! Sycophancy is an outdated method to obtain help. Instead, use your words constructively to guide us through the work. We definitely seek clients who would want to work with us on a long-term basis but if you are not yet ready for it, do not leave us in an esperanza!
If it takes two hands to clap, it definitely takes two people to complete a project successfully. A successful client-freelancer relationship is essential to create a professional network and increases chances of your product and services being spread to a maximum number of people. Rest assured, your confidential data is secure. Here are a few things you could do to make it easier for yourself and the freelancer:
Discuss thoroughly what your expectations are, including the deadline, quality of work and the format or even the date you want to begin on BEFORE the project begins.
Try to avoid confusing the freelancer with your “Not sure” answer. Instead, take your time, choose one option and be clear about it.
If you are looking at previous samples, make sure you ask relevant examples more than any other genre of work. For example, if you own a pharmacy, you may not like to see samples from the history department, unless you are looking only for the design and aesthetics.
Most importantly – Communicate! Use the technology to your potential. Make it easier for you and your freelancer!
Have you ever sat down and thought, “How I wish I could save more time and money”? If you did, what did you think you could do? You own a business, a small or a well-established one. You have thousands of things to do on a single day! It gets tougher when you are running out of skilled people and need to get more resources to fulfill the deficiency. One word – EXPENSIVE!
Human Resource is expensive, especially when you have a tight schedule and budget, and most importantly, give out a paycheck every single month.
Have you thought, “Maybe, there’s a way to all this?”
The answer is – Yes! There is! Freelancing is the kind of job trend everyone is becoming fond of. Freelancers are like wandering fairies that repair or improve or beautify stuff for you and leave. Freelancers work for you and work at hours that your own employees may not! All this, and you do not need to send out a fixed paycheck every month! That’s just one of the many benefits of hiring a Freelancer though. If you have read so far, I strongly recommend you read further to know how Freelancers are truly beneficial for your organization/institute/business/firm. I have listed here the major 5 Benefits of Hiring a Freelancer!
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You may have been to several events and conferences, trying to pay attention to every detail that is being delivered on a screen using slides that contain valuable information. But the impact that the information has on you is predominantly dependent on how the presenter put the information in the presentation! You may have witnessed how different the presentations were, and the quality and aesthetics of each of them. If you look back to the times when you were at college, tried to give your best shot to deliver the optimum level of information through your presentation but probably couldn’t, what do you think your presentation lacked? How could you have improved? Have you ever wondered why it is important to use high-quality presentations?
When you Google search for questions related to “Presentation Skills”, you often find tricks and tips on how to give a great presentation using your skills. While I agree that your presentation skills are highly significant in laying the foundation for your future prospects, but the visual and aesthetic values that a presentation should include are often neglected. Needless to say, many great speakers actually tend to use extremely wordy presentations which tend to keep the audience distracted or make it difficult to visualize what is being said, or even if they use a lot of visuals, the amazing effect of the presentation is diminished by the end of the presentation. The audience tends to forget what was said during the presentation but you probably wanted to make this a memorable experience for them. How would you do it? How to let your audience think about your company when they need to buy a product or contact you for the services you offer? That is exactly where Presentation Specialists can help you. Who are Presentation Specialists anyway?
Presentation Specialists are professionals who help you deliver a presentation that stands out and expresses itself for you. They create content in a manner which is aesthetic and of high-quality. If you need help understanding what your presentation needs, here are five major reasons why your next presentation needs a Presentation Specialist.
1) Presentation Specialists Save Valuable Time
When you think of attaining goals within the deadlines, think of someone who could finish the task before time. Presentation Specialists are highly skilled professionals who just know how to deal with tricky content and put them in the right order, at the right place, and at the right time. If your sales team is looking to expand business within a time frame, it is highly likely that a sales pitch can add value if created by a Presentation Specialist, who knows exactly what it needs.
2) They Simplify Complex Data:
Professionals who use their creative skills to segregate data, no matter how complex, can simplify and put it into a comprehensible presentation. It is easy for an expert to understand the criticality of data and allocate slides according to the meaning and message to be conveyed through each slide. Regardless of whether you have thousands of words within one slide, be assured that the final product is going to be a stunning and meaningful presentation.
3) Presentation Specialists Organize Your Presentation:
Did you know that sometimes presentations seem to be well-designed but lack a structure? Have you ever thought maybe the last presentation you attended could have had a better arrangement? Haphazard slides are strictly a no-no when it comes to impressing the audience! Presentation specialists know what it takes to keep the audience glued to the screen while you speak without diverting their attention to anything else.
4) You Need The Sales and Marketing To Focus On The Product, Not More Not Less
If you have a product or a number of products, your presentation can be made just right to help your audience understand how your products or services could benefit them. The key requirement for a Marketing Presentation is Magnetism. If your presentation includes perfectly designed slides with no more or no less information arranged in the right way, it is guaranteed to attract your audience. Here’s where a Presentation Specialist can assist you with that product-focused presentation while keeping in mind what your audience desires to see and learn about your company.
5) They Are Creative! You Will See The Difference!
This quality may have been given the last spot on my blog, but it is a great attribute that Presentation Specialists have! Imagine how a presentation would portray your company’s resources if it had plain and boring content visualization? Presentation Specialists love to create unique designs, almost every time they need to create a new presentation because they enjoy experiencing different styles of presenting your products to your target audiences.
What are you waiting for? Give your presentation a new attire. Hire a Presentation Specialist today! For more information, please visit my profile or website.
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