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The presentation that “must be done”

4 September 2017

turn away audience

A conversation with a friend who has worked in IT sales and management roles for many years has given me a phrase that explains why so many companies do not invest in presentation training for their staff. Here’s what he said to me:

“In fact, for many companies presentations are often something that needs to be done, but often they are really bad and are presented even worse. In Italy it is always hoped that the salesperson will do the real job with his words and not with the presentation.
What often happens instead is that a poorly presented presentation moves the customer away or at least annoys them.”

How does your sales team present when visiting customers or prospects?

Are their presentations effective or just “something they have to show?”

How about investing in training or coaching?

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Where can I find free images for my presentation?

22 August 2017

3 Websites and 3 Add-ins to find the perfect image

ricerca immagine

This is the question that I always get during my Effective Presentations training courses when I talk about how to use images in slides.

I will not provide a long list of sites because I know that most people will be overwhelmed and not go through them all.  I have selected 3 websites and 3 PowerPoint Add-ins that you might not be familiar with.

3 Websites for free images

3 PowerPoint Add-ins for free images

An Add-in is an extension to PowerPoint that you can download and install. A few of these exist to allow users selection and download of free images, right inside PowerPoint. This is very convenient for users, as you don’t have to open a browser, remember the website, search for an image, download it and insert it into the slide.

Here are 3 PowerPoint Add-ins that I use:

Installing an Add-in is easy, just follow the instructions on the pages linked above. They are all in the Microsoft Office store and work with PowerPoint version 2013 and newer versions.  They also work with Microsoft Office Word.

There are PowerPoint image Add-ins also from image sites such as Shutterstock, who sell their images. You can install this as well, and use even just it for image inspiration.

If you try my suggestions, let me know what you think.  You can find me on twitter as @slidecoach.

Happy searching!

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Effective Presentations Workshop – new!

14 August 2017

postits and pens

If your staff has limited PowerPoint skills, limited time, but needs to get their act together and make more effective presentations, this in-house training course is what they need.  A hands-on experience that will change the way they make presentations. I teach this at your location, preferably in the Milan area.  Here is the description of the training in ItalianGet in touch to discuss if this is a good fit for your company.

For more extensive courses, visit the presentation training page.

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