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A Seriously Simple Presentation Tip

By Maggie Summers on June 20, 2012

There’s this movie called Up in the Air. Maybe you’ve seen it. It came out in 2009, and it’s about a guy– played by the perpetually dashing George Clooney– whose job is to fire people. He gives advice to a new, much younger colleague on how to do the job right, and along the way doles out some advice about life, too:

“How much does your life weigh?

Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a backpack. I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life… you start with the little things. The shelves, the drawers, the knickknacks, then you start adding larger stuff… the backpack should be getting pretty heavy now. You go bigger. Your couch, your car, your home… I want you to stuff it all into that backpack. Now I want you to fill it with people. (more…)

SlideRocket Now Autosaves You From PowerPoint Boredom

By Bryan Alexander on June 1, 2012

SlideRocket realizes that dynamic presentation makers like you don’t want to have to think about saving your work. You want it to be saved automatically so you can focus on creating great presentations.

SlideRocket is pleased to announce that this desire is now a reality. SlideRocket features Autosave on all of our plans, enabling every SlideRocket user the ability to simply create without worry of losing their work. (more…)

Content Marketing Tips From An Expert

By John Rode on May 23, 2012

Hats off to Carmen Hill @carmenhill for putting together a great presentation on content marketing, “What Content Strategists Can Learn From The Movies“.

We are in wholehearted agreement that while the planning for content marketing may not be the sexiest job around, the content you create better have real appeal to get, and keep, your audience engaged. (more…)

Presentation Tips – The Curse of Knowledge and How to Counteract it

By Maggie Summers on May 11, 2012

This is a guest post by Maggie Summers, a content writer and blogger at Ethos3 – a leader in presentation design. Also read her recent post on presentation storytelling.

Most of us have experienced it acutely at the doctor’s office. A hurried, borderline frenetic, doctor bursts through the door and starts blathering on about your test results. He speaks quickly with lots of dense medical jargon; you stop tracking with him about 30 seconds after he starts. When he mercifully finishes, you have no idea what your test results say. Your doctor is suffering from the Curse of Knowledge, and you were just an unwitting victim.

The villainous Curse of Knowledge occurs when a person becomes knowledgeable about something and from then on is unable to imagine what it’s like to lack that knowledge. (more…)

Presentation Software for Nonprofits – Helping the Helpers

By John Rode on May 9, 2012

Nonprofits can be fantastic marketers. For the continued success of their causes, nonprofits must refill their coffers year after year. They don’t get to enjoy the recurring revenue, multi-year contracts and other plush budget amenities that a typical private sector company enjoys. These folks really need to be at the top of their guerrilla marketing game to earn donations! Which is why SlideRocket loves to help them!  (more…)

Slide Design Friday – a Quick Tip on Venn Diagrams

By John Rode on April 27, 2012

Welcome to Slide Design Friday! In this weekly post we’ll tear apart awful presentations and mock the people who designed them. Nawww! This is really a friendly place where we’ll take a look at good SlideRocket presentations that come across the Twitter stream and provide simple, quick fix tips that may help the slide author better deliver their message, and just generally be more awesome for their audience.

Using Venn Diagrams in your slide design

This slide was created by the folks at Handling Specialty in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. (more…)

The Future: Selling With Social Media

By John Rode on April 25, 2012

The role of sales has fundamentally changed because customers find much of the information they need to make purchase decisions on the web. To adapt, forward-thinking sales teams are employing a cadre of sales tools to engage with, and win the trust of, prospective customers.

In this webinar, Jacco van der Kooij and Dan Adams discuss this new selling paradigm and share their perspectives on key sales tools and techniques you should consider employing to help you sell more effectively.

The following is the Q&A transcript from the webinar:

Sales Presentations – When and How to Effectively Use Video

By Jacco VanderKooij on April 19, 2012

This is a guest blog post by Jacco VanderKooij, an entrepreneurial sales executive with a 10+ years proven sales track record. Jacco brings rigorous discipline and boundless energy to sales organizations. On Apr 25, Jacco will present the webinar The Future of Sales, Selling With Social Media. Join us!

Over the past 10 years I have delivered close to 1,000 sales presentations. In that time, my use of video during in-person sales meetings has had perhaps the biggest, most surprising impact on my ability to deliver an exceptional presentation.

At first, I was reluctant to try video during an in-person sales presentation. My fear was the video would distract my audience, (more…)

Business Storytelling – Using Literary Techniques to Strengthen a Presentation

By Maggie Summers on April 17, 2012

This is a guest post by Maggie Summers, a content writer and blogger at Ethos3 – a leader in presentation design and training, and a friend of SlideRocket. She takes pride in empowering presenters through her knowledge and passion for presentations and powerful storytelling.

Stories can be the quickest way to be transported someplace far away. Don’t feel like being at home this afternoon? If you’d like to venture through the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia, pick up Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, or if you want to experience Paris and London during the French Revolution, grab Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. Stories establish immediate familiarity and trust between storyteller and listener, they explain and nuance our complicated lives, and they offer a genuine glimpse at who we are. Presentations are enriched (more…)

Introducing the 5 Winners of the SlideRocket Non-profit Presentation Contest

By John Rode on April 11, 2012

Congratulations to the five winners of the SlideRocket Non-profit Presentation Contest! Well Done! Please take a few moments to view and share the winning presentations below. And a big congratulations to all the presentation contest participants. It really was a close race!

The first place winner will receive a $10,000 donation from SlideRocket, and each of the other four winners will receive a $5,000 donation. To process your donation, we will contact you directly via the email you used to register for SlideRocket. If you are one of the winners and have any questions or concerns please email

The judges made their selections of the best presentations based on unique views, best storyline, composition and compelling cause. So, without further ado, here are the winning presentations! (more…)

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