John Rode

As Director of Marketing at SlideRocket, I am a frequent contributor to the SlideRocket blog and cover multiple facets of presentations with a soft spot for tips, tricks and examples of great presentations.

When not at SlideRocket, I’m typically chasing my 3 young kids around parks, yards and the occasional restaurant and I try to get into the mountains as much as possible to ski, backcountry camp and ride my mountain bike.

Presentation Tip:
“Present like a kid – naturally, with enthusiasm, and give the audience something unexpected.”

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Presentation Skills and Cat’s Pajamas: An Infographic

February 26, 2013 John Rode

When it comes to delivering a presentation, are you the cat’s pajamas? Well 32% of us sure think we are. While 23% of us would rather melt into the carpet than give a presentation. The rest of us fall somewhere in between. We conducted a Presentation Delivery survey with over 600 respondents. Check out this presentation skills infographic for more fun facts about presenting.

5 Fun Presentation Skills Facts

  1. 11% of people are “Terrified” of delivering a presentation. 7% “Feel Like Superman”. So, the majority of us fall somewhere in between. Not bad!
  2. Just like with presentation design, we skew towards thinking we’re a bit better than average at delivering presentations.
  3. We’re surprising good at practicing with 64% practicing their presentation at least twice. Good on you!
  4. Above all else (designing nice slides, being energetic, funny or well rehearsed), your audience (38%) wants you to tell them a story, not lecture. Point taken!
  5. When viewing presentations online, 75% prefer your slides to have voice-over rather than having to read them.

Hopefully this infographic will help direct you to effective ways to bone-up on your presentation skills. Be sure to also check out our other recent infographics:

Content Marketing New School vs. Old School: An Infographic

February 21, 2013 John Rode

Is your marketing old school or new school? Have you embraced the content marketing revolution? Over 700 folks responded to our (unscientific) survey to let us know where they fall on the content marketing continuum. We then rolled all that fabulous fodder into the animated infographic presentation below.

From budgets to targeting, videos to blog posts, we tried to reach across the key content marketing topics to uncover what folks are thinking (and doing).

5 Key Findings From the Survey

#1. The majority of us do a good job of targeting our content. But still, 31% of us do not target. Hmmm, there’s certainly some low-hanging fruit here.

#2. Cost is the biggest challenge when creating content. Perhaps we’re not looking at content as the “gift that keeps on giving” that it really is?

#3. We’re splashing the cash. It was refreshing to hear that the vast majority of folks are spending at least 40% of their marketing budget on content.

#4. Guerrilla marketers prefer blogs and slide presentations. Scout’s honor we didn’t load this question. But those were selected as the “least expensive but most effective marketing content”. Of course, our respondents likely skewed to presentations.

#5. Big budgets like video and events. Not surprisingly perhaps, video and events were ranked tops for content that “costs the most and delivers the greatest benefit”.

#6 Social media rocks content distribution. Probably not surprising that social media is king for content distribution. But I was surprised that SEO and blog were lowest on the list. Kind of thought they’d be #2 and #3.

Design and Deliver Memorable Presentations: 6 Free Ebooks

February 14, 2013 John Rode

Regardless of your level of experience delivering speeches or crafting slides, a memorable presentation is within your reach. From colors to storylines, transitions to preparation, these 6 free presentation Ebooks (in presentation format of course!) will help you build and deliver outstanding presentations.

Beginner’s Guide to Presentation Design

For beginners the road to better presentations is simple. And at this point you’ll probably experience the greatest degree of improvement in how your slides look. Use this Ebook to learn how to inject more pop into your story, keep it brief and introduce eye-catching imagery. (more…)

Presentation Survey Pointing to Storytelling, Preparation

January 31, 2013 John Rode

Surprising findings are bubbling up in our presentation survey. And there’s still time to share your views in the survey below:

Here is a quick look at the survey results to date:

Leave the jokes at home, we want to hear a story

While we’re still collecting results for the presentation survey, a few surprises are already emerging. When asked what advice they would give to presenters I expected folks to shout from the rooftops “stop with the ugly slides”. (more…)

Death By PowerPoint – An Infographic

December 5, 2012 John Rode

PowerPoint hasn’t been the “in” thing since Reagan was in the White House. In fact, a recent survey found some surprising facts regarding people using PowerPoint. More people would actually want to endure pain than face PowerPoint. What’s your pain of choice? Would you rather forgo sex tonight? Check out our animated infographic to see how you stack up (there’s music too!):


Presenting to Executives Like Your Career Depends On It

November 28, 2012 John Rode

Good executive presentation skills are critical to business success. As your career expands, you’ll have opportunities to inform upper management – chances to showcase your ability to think and act strategically.

You can instill confidence or entirely blow it. Use this guide to help you think strategically about your next executive level presentation, and take your career to the next level.


A Presentation Design Guidebook for Rockstars

October 31, 2012 John Rode

Your presentation is almost complete with interesting animations, concise recorded demos and attention-grabbing graphs. But why stop there? If you want to make your presentation really special, engage your audience and make an impact, take it up to 11 with this “Presentation Guidebook for Rockstars”.

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10 Tips For Delivering a Memorable Presentation – Beyond the Basics

October 18, 2012 John Rode

Anyone can give a presentation. But giving an effective presentation requires a little bit of preparation and skill. Whether your goal is to be memorable, entertaining, convincing or simply clear, the tips below can help you improve upon your basic presentation skills and bring your presentation to the next level.


A Presentation Design Guide for the Adventurous

October 11, 2012 John Rode

Once you’ve got your word count under control, bullets to a minimum and decent colors and images (see Beginner’s Guide to Presentation Design) you’re on your way to a solid presentation. But a righteous presentation design requires a bit more consideration, so here are 10 ways to take it to the next level:

Intermediate Presentation Design


Instagram Your Presentation Stock Photos!

October 3, 2012 John Rode

Instagram helps you to put a twist on the ordinary by applying filters to your photos. The filters can make them appear to come from a different era, evoke a new emotion or just add an interesting flare to your photos.

The good news is you can also apply the “Instagram effect” to your presentation stock photos with just a few clicks.

1977, Brannan, Kelvin, Hefe and Inkwell are just a few of the fun Instagram filters you can easily replicate.

In SlideRocket simply move the Brightness, Saturation, Contrast and Hue sliders until you achieve the desired effect, it’s really easy. The presentation below provides quick tips for recreating five of the popular Instragram filters, all set within a fun “Country” presentation theme with rock’in tunes.