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Presentation Secrets: Do What you Never Thought Possible With Your Presentations

Book Description

Plan, create, and deliver amazing presentations!

Alexei Kapterev's online presentation on presentations has seen more than one million views, all with no advertising or promotion. Building on this hit, he now brings us Presentation Secrets outlining his successful tactics for planning, producing, and presenting memorable and unique presentations. The author shares his insight, wisdom, and advice with impressive clarity and detail, covering the three main components required to a presentation: storyline design, slide design, and delivery. Presentation Secrets lets you get to work immediately, fully prepared, armed with confidence, and ready to inspire.

  • Teaches everything that goes into a successful and memorable presentation

  • Helps create a storyline, from planning the beginning, middle, and end, to establishing key points, to making a presentation scalable

  • Discusses how to design a slide template that meets your goals, ensure consistency, and find focal points

  • Dissects the delivery of a presentation, including how to create "a character", integrate mistakes, listening to yourself, talking to the audience, and avoiding monotony

  • Includes non-presentation metaphor to drive home your understanding of storytelling, improvisation, and delivery

Also featuring real-world examples of presentations from the worlds of business, science, and politics, such as Steve Jobs, Hans Rosling, and Al Gore, this unique book delivers tried and tested secrets and inside tips for making a sensational presentation!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. About the Author
  6. About the Technical Editor
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Contents at a Glance
  9. Contents
  10. Read This First
    1. WHO THIS BOOK IS FOR
    2. WHAT THIS BOOK COVERS
    3. WHAT YOU NEED TO USE THIS BOOK
    4. FEATURES AND ICONS USED IN THIS BOOK
  11. CHAPTER 1: What Is Presentation?
    1. WHAT ARE PRESENTATIONS?
    2. STORY
    3. SLIDES
    4. DELIVERY
    5. THE THREE PRINCIPLES OF PRESENTING
    6. SUMMARY
  12. PART I: STORY
    1. CHAPTER 2: The Story's Focus
      1. NOT ALL STORIES ARE CREATED EQUAL
      2. FOCUSING ON ONE IDEA
      3. SETTING THE GOAL
      4. THE CUSTOMER ISN'T ALWAYS RIGHT
      5. GATHERING THE MATERIAL
      6. INVENTING THE TRUTH
      7. CAN YOU SELL WITHOUT LYING?
      8. SUMMARY
    2. CHAPTER 3: The Story's Contrast
      1. PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
      2. HERO AND VILLAIN
      3. SUMMARY
    3. CHAPTER 4: The Story's Unity
      1. MAKING YOUR STORY UNIFIED
      2. CASE STUDY: THE STORY OF TOMATO SAUCE
      3. THE PROBLEM OF BALANCE
      4. CASE STUDY: A COMPANY INTRODUCTION
      5. SUMMARY
  13. PART II: SLIDES
    1. CHAPTER 5: The Slides' Focus
      1. PRODUCING YOUR SLIDES
      2. ZEN AND VAJRAYANA
      3. DESIGNING ZEN SLIDES
      4. SUMMARY
    2. CHAPTER 6: The Slides' Contrast
      1. ENERGIZING LIFELESS DIAGRAMS
      2. USING COMPARISONS
      3. DATA VISUALIZATION
      4. LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND STATISTICS
      5. A WORD ON ANIMATION
      6. WHERE TO GO NEXT?—VISUALIZATION RESOURCES
      7. SUMMARY
    3. CHAPTER 7: The Slides' Unity
      1. AVOIDING UGLY SLIDES
      2. SLIDE DESIGN FOR NON-DESIGNERS
      3. WORKING WITH PICTURES
      4. UNITED WORLD IN A SLIDE DECK
      5. SUMMARY
  14. PART III: DELIVERY
    1. CHAPTER 8: Focus in Delivery
      1. WHAT SHOULD YOU FOCUS ON DURING DELIVERY?
      2. CLARITY
      3. PACE
      4. VOICE
      5. ENGAGING WITH YOUR AUDIENCE
      6. MAKING EYE CONTACT
      7. ADDRESSING ANY QUESTIONS
      8. USING HUMOR (OR NOT?)
      9. SUMMARY
    2. CHAPTER 9: Contrast in Delivery
      1. THE OPPOSITE OF MONOTONY
      2. BEING PERFECT VERSUS BEING PASSIONATE
      3. DON'T AVOID CONFRONTATION
      4. LEARNING FROM OTHER PEOPLE
      5. SUMMARY
    3. CHAPTER 10: Unity in Delivery
      1. GOING WITH THE FLOW
      2. THE PROS AND CONS OF IMPROVISATION
      3. RELAXING CONTROL
      4. SUMMARY
    4. CHAPTER 11: Where to Go Next
      1. PRESENTATION CHECKLIST
      2. TAKING FURTHER STEPS
      3. GENERAL PRESENTATION RESOURCES
      4. STORYTELLING RESOURCES
      5. SLIDE RESOURCES
      6. DELIVERY RESOURCES
      7. PRESENTATIONS TRANSFORM
  15. Index