The best presentations take a lot of time to create.

First, you need a great idea to share. (That can take years!) Then, you have to write the content, design the visuals, edit, and practice.  That is a hefty load of tasks.

At Ethos3, it is our mission to make presentations easier.  That is why we have condensed some of the best presentations tips into 140 character, bit-size chunks of wisdom.

You can enjoy the tips in the visual format below.

Also, below the design you will find the ready-to-tweet text versions, including shortened URLs for sources.

We give you two options because we want to make presentations a breeze for you!  Enjoy!

33 Presentation Tips in 140 characters or less from Ethos3 | Presentation Design and Training

1. “Over 80% of Millenials gave a financial contribution to a non-profit in 2012.”  Show young audiences that you care.

2. Build your presentations around carefully crafted stories. The human brain prefers stories instead of abstract ideas.

3. Before you create your presentation, edit your ideas until you can express your core message in one sentence.

4. Present meaning, not just data. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle

5. Use the Rule of 3 for Presentations. Include no more than 3 main takeaways so that your message is easy to remember.

6. Embrace the possibility of failure. Presenters who have the confidence to take risks, most often reap the reward.

7. Be a self-reliant presenter. Bring backup versions of your deck, and even prepare to present without technology.

8. End your presentation with a call to action. (Even offer a next step for people who did not agree with your message.)

9. Venture capital pitches are a “no-spin” zone.  Gimmicks don’t work on investors.  Be thorough, succinct, and clear.

10. Be simply brilliant. “To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.” – Aristolte

11. Plan the last slide of your presentation first.  Your entire deck should lead your audience towards the final slide.

12. During presentations most people think “What’s in it for me?” so deliver the answer.  How are you making life better?

13. Before you present, take a nap. A NASA study revealed that short naps improve pilots’ performance by 34%.

14. To create great presentations for any audience, let Dan Pink’s words be your guide: Brevity, levity and repetition.

15. Be a bold presenter.  Ferret out unspoken doubts during Q&A. Your credibility will skyrocket.

16. Presenters, never turn your back to your audience. Remember, a great presentation is a conversation. Stay connected!

17. Presenters, open your presentation by clearly previewing your message, and close by reviewing your main points.

18. When pitching, deliver a cohesive vision by dressing in accordance with your brand identity.

19. If in doubt about font size, go big. It is easy on the eyes, and it is a natural deterrent to text heavy slides.

20. Before your presentation, learn about your audience. Tailor your content specifically for them.

21. Avoid using all capital letters in a presentation. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE SCREAMING AT THE AUDIENCE.

22. If you use quotes in your presentation, share unexpected words of wisdom. Avoid clichés. Be original and be epic.

23. After a Q&A session, summarize the core message of your presentation, thank the audience, and smile genuinely.

24. Skip bullet points; stretch a list into multiple slides. Share only one idea per slide to keep your audience engaged.

25. Exercise within 12 hours of your presentation. You will be more calm, confident, and happy.

26. If your audience needs a dictionary to comprehend your presentation, tone it down a bit. Use everyday language.

27. Use both text and images on your presentation slides. Studies show that this style increases retention by up to 42%.

28. The more slides, the better. Instead of lingering on one slide for 5-minutes, utilize 5 one-minute slides.

29. Balance presentation designs that use 3 colors by following the 60-30-10 rule. 60% of space for one color, and so on.

30. The perfect elevator pitch starts by answering the question: Why? Why are you in business? Why are you passionate?

31. Have stage fright? Think of one person that loves you. Imagine that person is populating the entire audience.

32. Practice, and practice again, and again. “Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.” – Dale Carnegie

33. Don’t procrastinate. “It takes one hour of preparation for each minute of presentation time.” – Wayne Burgraff


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