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Presenting is a critical career and interview skill

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“Presentations are the lingua franca of business, and those who master communicating with them rise faster than their peers, reach more customers than their competitors, and turn causes into a groundswell.”
Nancy Duarte, presentation expert

“If I went back to college again, I’d concentrate on two areas: learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively.”
Gerald Ford, 38th U.S. president

 

 

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Presentation Information Resources

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Garr Reynold's blog about issues related to professional presentation design.
Six Minutes Public Speaking is a guide to becoming a confident and
effective speaker.
  Nancy Duarte is an expert at developing and delivering presentations.
Excellent information about improving presentation skills.
Interview Prsentation Tips A site dedicated to using Microsoft Power Point.
Interview Presentation Tips  Presentations for business, sales, and training - oral and multimedia.
Provides a solution through three divisions:Presentation Design
Services, Training, and Products & Templates.
   Ellen Finkelstein is a recognized expert, speaker, and best-selling author on presentation skills. Her articles appear in numerous magazines, newsletters, and blogs.
   

Resources for Making Presentations

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The premiere site for developing an interview presentation. The iBest program walks job candidates through developing an interview presentation using an interactive program and expert content libraries. iBest was developed specifically to make interview presentations.
Develop presentations online easily with sophisticated design tools. Sliderocket has a free version that should be adaquate for an interview presentation.
  An online presentation development tool with pre-built themes, clipart and shapes coupled with features like drag-and-drop that makes it an easy application to use. Free for personal use.
  Creates presentations online, no software to download and nothing to pay for – and when you're done building your presentation you can share it any way you like.
   One of Google's suite of online document development tools. Free to use.
   

 

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Books About Presenting (select book to purchase)

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Presentations are meant to inform, inspire, and persuade audiences. All too often, presentations don't resonate with the audience and move them to transformative action. Resonate helps you make a strong connection with your audience and lead them to purposeful action. The author's approach is simple: building a presentation today is a bit like writing a documentary. Using this approach, you'll convey your content with passion, persuasion, and impact.
Garr Reynolds shares his experience in a provocative mix of illumination, inspiration, education, and guidance that will change the way you think about making presentations with PowerPoint or Keynote. Combining solid principles of design with the tenets of Zen simplicity, this book will help you along the path to simpler, more effective presentations.
When we learn to present naked, we reach our audiences by communicating the essence of the message, stripping away all that is unnecessary and embracing the ideas of simplicity, clarity, honesty, integrity, and passion. If "slideware" is used, the slides never steal the show or rise above serving a strong but simple supportive role. The ideas in the presentation may or may not be radical, earth shattering, or new, but there is freshness to the approach and content that makes a lasting impression.
No matter where you are on the organizational ladder, the odds are high that you've delivered a high-stakes presentation to your peers, your boss, your customers, or the general public. Presentation software is one of the few tools that requires professionals to think visually on an almost daily basis. But unlike verbal skills, effective visual expression is not easy, natural, or actively taught in schools or business training programs. slide:ology fills that void.
Steve Jobs’s wildly popular presentations have set a new global gold standard—and now this step-by-step guide shows you exactly how to use his crowd-pleasing techniques in your own presentations. Communications expert Carmine Gallo has studied and analyzed the very best of Jobs’s performances, offering point-by-point examples, tried-and-true techniques, and proven presentation secrets that work every time.
Presentation Skills 201 can be read from cover-to-cover or used as a reference guide. It includes valuable, easy-to-implement tips for every facet of the presentation process from planning to delivery. Included with the tips are scores of real-life examples and stories from the author's over 16 years of helping highly-accomplished presenters find that one more thing that they can do to take it up notch and build their careers by making strong, positive impressions on their presentation audiences.
An entertaining, straightforward, and practical how-to guide on effectively communicating an important message in a short period of time. She gives readers an inspiring new perspective on the power of what she calls the Elevator Speech Effect and shows them how to employ this amazing little tool to create influence in today's market. Whatever your purpose--be it professional, academic, political, philanthropic, or personal--you can learn to craft a fresh, brief, and persuasive message that generates tangible results!
   
   
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