3 ideas for outstanding presentations

Nothing can make your audience yawn quite like a boring presentation packed with lengthy PowerPoint slides. Use one of these examples to break the mold with your next speech.

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Few things are more frustrating than listening to someone talk their way through a long, dull deck.

PowerPoint is the default mode of presenting. It’s familiar, cheap and easily stored on a USB stick. However, it’s also often abused by communicators who give boring speeches accompanied by seemingly endless, lackluster slides.

Whether you’re presenting something you hope will earn you a promotion or pitching potential clients, it might be time to try something new. If you’re aiming to be memorable, dare to be different.

Here are three ideas that can set you apart from your competitors. Try them, combine them and enhance them:

1. Try TED-style storytelling.

Though TED speakers often use slides or video in the background, that content isn’t their primary focus.

Instead, TED speakers take topics that are complicated and break them down so almost anyone can understand. Most importantly, they wrap the ideas in relatable, interesting stories.

Check out Derek Silvers’ three-minute video about starting a movement:

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