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3-2-1 Action! How to Record a Demo For Presentations

By John Rode on September 13, 2012

In sales, training, marketing, and other disciplines product demonstrations are often paired with slide presentations. The slides provide the context and messaging and the demo delivers the actual thing you’re trying to explain.

But unless you’ve delivered the same demo 20+ times, there’s usually more than a touch of anxiety as you click away from your presentation to your demo.

Will logging into the demo account work?

Is the Internet access in this room fast enough?

Why is my sales engineer going on and on in this demo?

Recording your demo ahead of time and embedding that video into your presentation helps relieve much of the stress you and your team experience during demonstrations. (more…)

7 Engaging Presentation Fonts to Explore – From Growler to Tangerine

By John Rode on September 5, 2012

An interesting presentation font can boost the level of engagement of your presentation. The effect is subtle, but your audience will appreciate a font that matches the mood and personality of your presentation.

Trouble is, there are so many fonts to choose from. So, we picked out seven favorites to share with you, all of which are available for free in SlideRocket.

If you choose the Irish Growler font you’re already thinking imaginatively about your presentation. (more…)

How to Make a Storyboard – Because Being Beautiful Just Isn’t Enough Anymore

By John Rode on August 29, 2012

If you’re asking how to make a storyboard you’re already on your way to creating an engaging story. Most people, myself included, often just dive into their creative work and skip the storyboard step, much to their detriment.

Whether you make presentations, movies, animations or write books or blogs, a storyboard helps you develop a stronger storyline. With a series of panels, each dedicated to a scene or concise idea, making a storyboard will help you to: (more…)

Presentation Tip – Bow Down to Your Audience, Humble Presenter

By Maggie Summers on August 8, 2012

It’s a question for the ages: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

A myriad of philosophers have mused over the question’s implications regarding meaning, observation, and reality, but Scientific American, true to form, answered it neatly sans philosophical concerns: “The falling of the tree or any other disturbance will produce the vibration of the air. If there be no ears to hear, there will be no sound.” (more…)

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…)

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