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Developing a Great Presentation: Lessons from Pecha Kucha

Tamela in front of the Pecha Kucha crowd

Right before Labor Day weekend I delivered my first Pecha Kucha, "Alone in the Tetons After Dark." The constraints of the Pecha Kucha format taught me a few things that could help anyone developing ANY kind of presentation. Read on!

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Presentation Tips from a Brain Doctor

While everyone else in my family, and perhaps the country, is obsessed with basketball, I'm enjoying a couple of of PBS shows that only come around during fundraising season. One of them features Dr Daniel Amen,  who is a child and adult psychiatrist and  brain imaging specialist.

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Presentation Note Taking

This morning I co-presented a workshop on social media for real estate agents with Andy Ciordia and Beth Griffiths.  The Broker In Charge asked us to provide the presentation in advance so that she could print it out for everyone to  take notes on.

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Brains Need Stories

Evidently story-loving is a function of our brain's development. We're biologically wired for them. Is this why Steve Jobs is the world's greatest keynoter? Because he's a great storyteller?

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“I loved the way he used PowerPoint”

The anti-PPT bandwagon doesn't have room for another rider. My only addition to the chorus is that a bad PPT-based presentation is like a bad dog -- blame the owner! PPT isn't inherently bad, but, like Rotweiller, can be placed in the wrong hands and do real damage. I'd really like to hear from you about a presentation that thrived WITH the visual support.

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Smelling your Content

Maybe you should break out the air freshener before the crowd arrives to keep from being associated with "stinky content."

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The Ten-Minute Window

Consider the occasional New Yorker cartoon. For $20 each, you can insert a witty and apropos cartoon into your deck and keep your group's attention. Plus that, you'll look urbane and well-read.

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