TBF022 – Pitchmen and Presentations

In Episode 22 I talked about the two blog posts that I put up this week.

The first blog post was some general guidelines about creating a slide-style presentation.  Notice I didn’t say ‘PowerPoint’.  We also talked a bit about the different types of presentation software. We looked briefly look at OpenOffice Impress, Apple Keynote, Google Docs Presentation, MS Office PowerPoint (of course) and lastly, Prezi.  I would really suggest you check out Prezi is you’re doing a presentation that may not be training.  It looks great but it’s not really engaging.

The second post is discussed in the final 1/3 of the podcast. I look at the characteristics of TV infomercial personalities (Pitchmen) and how we may be able to take a lesson or two from them.

“Organic Grunge”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Talking ‘Bout My Presentation

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I learned three major things in my business degree that I carried through the rest of my life. How to spend money, how to read, and how to make a PowerPoint presentation.  Looking back this actually should have been a class, Continue reading

TBF016 – 5 Free Apps Every Trainer Should Have!

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