4 December 2013
Time flies but URL links in presentations posted to Slideshare are still very popular.
Ever since I wrote an article over 3 years ago titled How to activate links in Slideshare I have been receiving emails from people asking me to solve their URL link problems in Slideshare. Today as I uploaded a new file with URL links for a customer, I could not understand why the first 2 URL links were not working while all the rest were fine. After all, the slides and links were similar.
I went back to the Slideshare Help Center, back to the article which also makes a reference to my previous post (thank you Slideshare!). I found a new tip which I had not seen before. This is what it says:
Hyperlinks cannot be on the first three pages of your file
So now you know another reason why your links might not be working. Good luck with your URL links!
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19 November 2013
When you use lists in writing, each item must have a parallel grammatical form. Readers expect this. The same rule applies to presentation slides, often containing bullet lists, but this consistency is sometimes overlooked. I often need to correct this aspect when I restyle or translate a customer’s presentation.
Here is an example:
It may look nice aesthetically, but the text in the bullets does not work.
How can you tell? Check that the beginning of the sentence (before the bullet list, in this case “The companies need to”) matches gramatically with each one of the endings in the list.
In this case, none of the three endings match the beginning of the phrase. This is a no-no in slides with bullet lists.
If you remove the “to” in the phrase before the bullet list, things are better:
The companies need:
- Optimization management
- Better business processes
- Help to grow
In other cases, you often see lists like this (a bit exaggerated to make the point):
- Open the door
- Walking in the room
The first item starts with a verb in one tense, the second item has a verb in another tense, and the third is a noun. All three should have the same grammatical structure and use the same tense, if a verb is at the beginning.
A better list would be:
- Open the door
- Walk in the room
So, check your lists to make sure the grammar is correct and the list is balanced.
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18 July 2013
Do you dread receiving another email inviting you to a meeting in a few days and asking you to make a presentation? Yes? It’s a widespread feeling and it’s happening right now all over the world.
After you initial discomfort, you decide to look over past presentations, select a bunch of slides and do the usual cut-and-paste into a new slide deck, changing the title slide, the date and maybe the agenda.
When you select slides, you say to yourself “I need to talk about this, and this, and maybe even this…”
The result is a mashup of slides that often lack a cohesive arrangement.
But this is not the only problem. It lacks purpose.
Here is my advice to you.
Ask yourself these 3 questions, seriously, before you select the slides:
- What do I want to be the outcome of my presentation? (If I am asked to give a presentation, there is a purpose.)
- After I am done presenting, I want everybody in the room to know what? Or to do what?
- If there are three things I want them to know/do when they leave the room, which are absolutely essential, what would they be?
If you reflect on these questions, you will find the three key points your presentation needs to address (this is your agenda). Now you can look at past presentations and find supporting materials to communicate your key points.
Just these key points.
The rest is useless.
If you liked this post, you might enjoy reading this one as well: On being different (in presentations)
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