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How to create a captivating presentation

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Presentations are a powerful medium that can quickly disseminate information and help teach people new ideas. Unfortunately not every slide deck is effective at reaching this goal. Do you remember the boring professor you had in college who used to read his PowerPoint slides verbatim? By the time the lectures were over, you and half the class were usually asleep with your faces stuck to your desks in piles of drool. To truly create a captivating presentation that engages the masses you must capture people's attention in an enchanting manner. But how can you design slides to draw such interest or exclamations of beauty?

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  • How to Create a CaptivatingPRESENTATIONBy Daniel Zeevi@DashBurst
  • Captivate[kap-tuh-veyt]to attract and hold the attention or interest of,as by beauty or excellence; enchant.
  • ENCHANTwith catatonicBEAUTY!
  • INSPIRE THROUGH EXCELLENCE!
  • HAVE A DREAM!
  • CONVEY YOUR DREAM!smithsonianmag.com
  • 12 Steps to Create a CaptivatingPRESENTATION
  • Start with an idea
  • Organize yourinto an OUTLINE1
  • If you can encapsulate yourinto a single captivating sentence, you’re halfway home.- Len Wein1
  • Pick an Attention-Grabbing2
  • OptimizeYour
  • is betterIn general,
  • Tweets < 140 characters- But save more space for retweets
  • Focus onKEYWORDS
  • Focus onKEYWORDS
  • COVER SLIDECreate a Captivating3
  • FACEBOOK SHARINGKilling Time: 11 Ways to Ruin Your Productivity
  • is everythingAn eye-popping
  • 4Pick CoolSee the 5 Most Useful Color Tools for Designers
  • That fit your themePICK 2-3 COLORS
  • Color Scheme Designer
  • Keep it
  • 5Add Sharp
  • SIZING MATTERSExamples (pixels):1024 X 768 (best)800 X 600< 1024 >
  • SIZING MATTERSExamples (pixels):1024 X 768 (best)800 X 600< 1024 >- width : height ratio of a regular slide = 4 : 3
  • Types of
  • 1. YOUR OWN IMAGESScreenshots PhotographySee Screen Capture (by Google)
  • 2. CREATIVE COMMONSSee creativecommons.org Flickr is a great source of CC images
  • 2. Last slide2 Ways to Add Credits1. Bottom of image
  • 3. ROYALTY FREEiStockphoto Shutterstock
  • Find SHARP Images
  • CONTRAST MATTERS
  • Funny
  • FUNNY IS GOOD!
  • 6CommunicateINFORMATIONVisually
  • BUT DON’T OVERDO IT
  • 7Select Standout
  • PopularTimes New Roman
  • PopularTimes New Romancan be boring
  • Fresh FontsAlternate Gothic No. 2FrutigerDroid SansRockwellImpactLobster Two
  • 8Can Be Sexy
  • And CAPTIVATING
  • But make sure your video WORKS …1. Embed videos from websites like YouTube directlyinto your presentation, or…2. Insert a video file – but make sure it works on thetarget machine3. Embed a YouTube video via SlideShare after uploadingyour presentationSee “A TED speakers worst nightmare”
  • 9PRACTICE
  • Repetition
  • 10ENGAGEYour Audience
  • Focus on your AUDIENCE
  • Or else…
  • 11RELAXAnd TakeYour Time
  • No Need to Shout
  • 12RECAPAlways
  • Let’s go over the STEPS
  • 12 Steps to Create a CaptivatingPRESENTATION
  • 12 Steps to Create a Captivating Presentation1) OrganizeYour Idea Into an Outline2) Pick an Attention-Grabbing Title3) Create a Captivating Cover Slide4) Pick Cool Colors5) Add Sharp Images6) Communicate Information Visually7) Select Standout Fonts8) Videos Can Be Sexy9) Practice10) EngageYour Audience11) Relax and TakeYour Time12) Always Recap
  • Our responsibility is to captivate you forhowever long weve asked for yourattention.- Aaron Sorkin
  • Looking for a CREATIVE spark?
  • Let us HelpYou Create a CaptivatingPRESENTATIONContact Daniel Zeevidan@DashBurst.comdashburst.com
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