Being a Good Conversationalist May or May Not Lead to Effective Presentations

April 7, 2015 in Author, Dale Ludwig, Delivery, Presentation, The Orderly Conversation, Video

Ever wonder why your excellent conversation skills don’t necessarily translate to delivering effective presentations?

Watch this video to find out why.

Many presenters like their presentations to include lively dialogue. If you’re one of them, you see the value in letting people have their say and you don’t mind hopping from topic to topic. That’s a good thing. Comfort with that level of spontaneity is a strength not everybody has.

Unfortunately, your ability to improvise may be getting in the way of your success as a presenter. Because you thrive on the connection you have with your audience, you’re spontaneous, responsive, and unafraid to make last minute changes. If you rely too much on these strengths though, you might be making your audience work too hard.

To make the process easy and efficient, you need a good plan and you need to trust the plan to keep you on track. Otherwise, you risk confusing your audience. That’s not to say you shouldn’t improvise, it just needs to be done within a framework. We call that Adapting to your Default Approach.

Read the book, The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined, to learn more. Available now at, Barnes & Noble, Itasca Books and this website.

What Rules Do You Have For Creating Visual Aids?

April 9, 2012 in Author, Delivery, FAQs, Greg Owen-Boger, Myths Debunked, Preparation, Video

Followers of this blog know that we are not a fan of rules. In this video blog, Greg Owen-Boger outlines some important things to consider when creating visual aids for presentations.

by Greg Owen-Boger, Vice President at Turpin Communication

12 Tips for Creating Better PowerPoint Presentations

December 7, 2011 in Author, FAQs, Greg Owen-Boger, Preparation

greg 200x300An important element to delivering effective presentations is to have effective visual aids. If you struggle with design or would like to learn how to use themes, master slides or graphics in PowerPoint more effectively, take a quick look through this article.

The ideas presented by the author, Stephanie Krieger, a Microsoft Office MVP, include:

  1. Select or create your own theme
  2. Use video and audio to convey your message more effectively
  3. Use graphics to emphasize key points
  4. Use animations and transitions wisely
  5. Start by outlining your presentation
  6. Use masters and layouts to save time and help get better results
  7. Consider differences between print and on-screen presentations
  8. Use notes pages and handouts to help deliver the story
  9. Keep file size manageable
  10. Use the tools available to get it right the first time
  11. Turn off (or manage) AutoCorrect layout options
  12. Know exactly what your viewers will see

Read the full article.

by Greg Owen-Boger, VP and Trainer at Turpin Communication