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Tip #636: Make PowerPoint More Effective

On August 29, 2016, Posted by , In audiovisuals, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #636: Make PowerPoint More Effective

“What makes things memorable is that they are meaningful, significant, colorful.” Joshua Foer

Here is a quick tip to make your PowerPoint slides more effective. It is based on brain research into how to focus your audience’s attention on the key points you want them to remember.

According to Mark Murphy, founder of Leadership IQ, “spatial cueing is when you highlight a specific part of the slide, e.g. with a colored circle or zooming or fading out the rest of the slide.”

This is particularly relevant if you are showing a chart and you want to focus the audience’s attention on a specific part of the chart- or there is a bullet point that is more significant than others on … Read the rest

Tip #353: Avoid Mistakes When Using Audiovisuals in Training: Make It Easier on Yourself

On December 13, 2010, Posted by , In audiovisuals, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #353: Avoid Mistakes When Using Audiovisuals in Training: Make It Easier on Yourself

“Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.” Oscar Wilde

There are very simple steps that a trainer can take to save time and energy when designing, delivering and duplicating content on audiovisuals. Just avoid these four mistakes:

Mistake #1: Not having a pointer

There are inexpensive laser pointers, there are laser pointers incorporated into remotes for computer and LCD, there are even wooden and metal extendable pointers. Get one and use it, because pointing your finger at a projected image or text is absolutely useless to the participants. Even if you are standing right next to the screen, it is unlikely that your finger will reach whatever it is that you are pointing out.

Mistake #2: Not considering Read the rest

Tip #352: Avoid Mistakes When Using Audiovisuals in Training: It’s All in the Preparation

On December 6, 2010, Posted by , In audiovisuals, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #352: Avoid Mistakes When Using Audiovisuals in Training: It’s All in the Preparation

“It isn’t making mistakes that’s critical; it’s correcting them and getting on with the principal task.” Donald Rumsfeld

Being prepared should be part of the trainer’s code when it comes to audiovisuals. If you don’t avoid these four mistakes, you are likely to have a lot of trouble and frustration when you try to use your audiovisuals.

Mistake #1: Not checking and preparing equipment

All trainers have stories about audiovisual equipment that didn’t work. Get to the training room early enough to make sure that everything works properly and has the correct connectors, wires and remotes. To be safe, bring your own remote with extra batteries and, when possible, your own extension cord with the number of plug-ins you will … Read the rest

Tip #351: Avoid Mistakes When Using Audiovisuals in Training: It’s All in the Presentation

On November 29, 2010, Posted by , In audiovisuals, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #351: Avoid Mistakes When Using Audiovisuals in Training: It’s All in the Presentation

“When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do about it admit it, learn from it, and don’t repeat it.” Paul “Bear” Bryant

The misuse of audiovisuals can seriously detract from an effective training. Avoid these four mistakes:

Mistake #1: Not removing or turning off AV

We consciously use audiovisuals to focus the participants on a key point or picture. However, we forget that, unless we remove the flip chart or turn off the PowerPoint, that is where their focus will remain. When the audiovisual has served its purpose, remove it or turn it off. Flip the page on the flip chart easel or use a computer key or remote to blacken the screen until … Read the rest

Tip #350: Avoid Mistakes When Using Audiovisuals in Training: Don’t Misuse Them

On November 22, 2010, Posted by , In audiovisuals, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #350: Avoid Mistakes When Using Audiovisuals in Training: Don’t Misuse Them

“Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.” Oscar Wilde

Trainers have a plethora of audiovisual options from which to choose. Some trainers don’t realize that there is more to life than PowerPoint. They also overuse or misuse audiovisuals. Here are four mistakes that trainers should avoid.

Mistake #1: Consistently using AV to entertain rather than educate

Trainers who flash through a large number of funny but irrelevant slides are wasting precious training time in the same manner that a trainer who begins a session by telling lots of jokes that have nothing to do with the training itself.

If you are a trainer, your mission is to educate. It is just fine to make your training program entertaining, … Read the rest

Tip #276: Reverse Numbering for PowerPoint Slides

On May 26, 2009, Posted by , In audiovisuals, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #276: Reverse Numbering for PowerPoint Slides

This is one more trick from Dan Poynter: in the upper left hand corner of your PowerPoint slides, identify the number of slides that are left. This is one way to help pace yourself. Since I’ve noticed that these recent Tips have generated very little comment, next week we will move on to a much more scintillating topic: getting past embarrassing training moments! If you have ever been embarrassed as a trainer and lived to train another day, please send in your stories and we’ll publish them in the next Tip!… Read the rest