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A Powerful PowerPoint Tip – Presenters View

In BNI and Business Networking, Business Presentations, PowerPoint, Public Speaking, sales on May 28, 2012 at 7:48 PM

PowerPoint’s Presenter View

Speaking Tip #81

Are you interested in moving your PowerPoint presentation from mundane to spectacular? It may be easier than you think. PowerPoint has a variety of tools built in that will help you do this. Most users never take the time to learn PowerPoint and subsequently create second-rate presentations.

PowerPoint’s presenter view is one of many powerful tools built into the program – yet few people know how to use it (or that it even exists!)

Presenter view allows you to see a different set of images and information than what you are showing your audiences. Imagine giving a presentation and while your audience is viewing your slide, you are able to quickly scan through the entire show or read your slide notes.

Presenter Mode allows you to:

  • Quickly black out of the projection screen while still viewing your screen
  • View thumbnails of the slides in show as the show is being presented
  • Navigate to a previously shown slide or skip ahead to any slide in the show
  • View the next slide in the sequence before your audience views it
  • End the show with a single click
  • Know the number of each slide
  • Read your speaker notes
  • See how many minutes and hours since you started the show (egad I hope you don’t need to know how many hours you have been speaking!)

Best of all, this is not an add-on or app – it is in the program you are running right now! The controls (buttons and icons) are all large so you can easily navigate even while speaking and using unfamiliar equipment.

Presenter view works on most current  operating system that supports multiple displays including Microsoft Windows® 98, Microsoft Windows 2000, and Microsoft Windows XP or later.

Your audience sees one thing and you see another.

Using Presenter View

To use presenter view, your computer must:

  • Have multiple monitor capability.
  • Use an operating system that supports multiple displays, such as Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows 2000 or later
  • Have multiple monitor enabled in the Control Panel
  • Have Presenter view turned on

To turn on multiple monitor support and presenter view:

  1. Connect a second monitor (or projector) to your computer
  2. In PowerPoint, on the Slide Show menu, click “Set Up Show”.
  3. Under “Multiple Monitors”, select the “Show Presenter View” check box.
  4. Go to Control Panel, click on the display icon. Under “Settings”, click on “Multi-monitors” and select the monitor you want your “show” to appear in.

When you start your show, your show will be projected on the monitor (or screen) you selected while presenter mode will appear on your desktop.

It is really that simple! Imagine the possibilities!

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Why Should Anyone Listen To You?

In BNI and Business Networking, Confidence/Nervousness, Credibility, Increased sales, inspiration, PowerPoint, Public Speaking, Social Media on May 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

On Credibility and Nervousness

My friend Theresa is a wonderful speaker. She is alive, animated, smart, articulate and people love her. She came to me recently though and told me that while she does well in front of some audiences – other times she totally loses it. She cannot hold her thoughts, rambles, and finds herself finishing 1-hour talks in 10 minutes. She was perplexed as to why sometimes she could be so confident, self-assured, and charismatic and at other times feel like a bowl of jello.

Nervousness properly managed is a good thing – it is a primal reaction that keeps us sharp and attentive. Becoming so distraught that we are unable to focus is, however, not a good reaction to nervousness. While there are many reasons we get nervous in front of a group – understanding the cause is the first step to managing it to your advantage.

As Theresa and I spoke, the cause of her nervousness became apparent. If she felt the audience knew less about the subject than she did, she was confident and self-assured. What made her nervous was believing the audience might know as much or more than she did on a particular topic

No wonder she was nervous – she was afraid the audience would see her as a fraud despite the fact that she has an advanced degree, tremendous passion and more than 20 years experience.

She had not convinced herself she was a credible source of information – and could not therefore convince the audience of that.

The next time you plan a talk, begin by asking yourself (and do write down the answer!):

Why am I qualified to speak on this subject?”

If you are like most people, you might initially draw a blank here. However, think hard. How many years experience do you have with this subject, what work, (paid or volunteer) or life experiences do you have that relate to your topic? Do you have a degree or other training that ties in? Do you have a love or passion for what you do?

In order for your audience to perceive you as credible, you have to believe you are credible. There is a reason you are qualified to stand in front of that group and speak – find it and you will feel your nervousness (or part of it anyway) fading away as your self confidence increases.

Thank you to Dr. Jon Hooper for introducing me to the Source Test.


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