iPad: Haiku Deck makes creating beautiful presentations a cinch and a joy, whether you have design skills or not. You can quickly apply new layouts, photo backdrops and font styles to get the perfect look for your pitch or story.
Google’s free fonts are a great way to spice up any presentation or design you’re doing, but since you have over 500 to choose from, it’s a bit overwhelming. To make the task of selecting a font less daunting, tech blog Digital Inspiration has put together a series of reference posters for easy printing.
When I started writing my book, I knew that authors generally make more money from speaking than they do from royalties, so I wanted my talks on the Information Diet to be great. Before I first started my speaking tour for the Information Diet, I watched a lot of great speakers give great talks and asked them how they gave such great talks. The universal answer is always: “I lock myself in my hotel room the night before and rehearse.”
If you’ve ever used a microphone, you probably have some idea of what you sound like, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t occasions where you’re without recording equipment and want to know. If you want to hear how you sound when giving a speech, or how your singing voice sounds, you can find out by using two folders.
The moments before you take centre stage for a presentation, interview or performance are some of the hardest, most emotionally wonky situations you’ll ever find yourself in. Just as it’s incredibly important to know what to do when you’re presenting, it’s vital to know what to do beforehand. Here’s a checklist to help decrease your anxieties of public speaking and chill yourself out.
Few things are worse than being in the heart of a conversation and realising your audience isn’t paying attention to what you’re saying. If you have the tendency to over-explain topics when people get disinterested, Forbes recommends you dial it back a bit and explain less.
Have an important presentation or interview coming up and need to psych yourself up for it? Use your body to manipulate your brain. Don’t feel silly trying one of these postures, which include strutting and a superhero pose: It might keep the stress down while helping you “unleash your inner alpha dog”.