7 Key Questions to Punch Up Your Presentation

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Posted on 21st August 2014 by Kristin Arnold in Uncategorized

In my work as a high stakes meeting facilitator, it is not uncommon for a few presentations to be made.  The CEO may talk about the business strategy, the CFO may talk about the financial health of the business, the product leads may talk about the future of the products.

And often times, they ask me for help to punch up their presentation – to make it more lively, interesting and engaging.  They say they don’t want to use by PowerPoint, but truly, that’s their comfort zone.  They don’t know how to do it differently.

Yet, when I talk with them, it’s more than just getting rid of the slides.  We need to talk about what the audience cares about – not just about the incredible information we know.

So here is a series of questions I ask my clients in trying to make sure their “presentation” meets the needs of the audience:

  1. Why is this topic important for this audience?  Why here; why now?
  2. What do they need to know about the topic?  You don’t need to tell them everything you know about it.  Pick three key points (that’s anyone can remember – that includes you as well as the audience!) and build your presentation around those three points.  Include some kind of anecdote, illustration or example that makes your point come alive.
  3. What do you want them think and feel about the topic?  If you want them to feel happy, then you should be happy.  Concerned?  You should be concerned.  And don’t forget to tell your face.  Audiences get really confused when you say one thing and appear differently.
  4. What will the audience DO during the presentation?  Passive listening just isn’t going to cut it.  Change the energy every 6 minutes or so by mixing the format up with a chat group, demo, ask the audience a question, ask for questions from the audience (Q&A), get a testimonial of someone’s experience, show a quick minute video….and the list goes on.  If you are looking for ideas, there are close to a hundred different ideas in my book, Boring to Bravo.
  5. At the end of the session, what’s the key message you want them to remember?  “Bake” that key message into your presentation – saying it several times so it will be memorable.
  6. At the end, what are you going to ask the audience to do as a result of this presentation?  This is the call to action – otherwise, why give a presentation?
  7. End on a optimistic high note.  Plan this out as this is the last point people will remember.

When you ask these questions, it becomes clear how to punch up your presentation so your audience will not only understand, but retain your key messages.

 

 

 

 

7 Key Questions to Punch Up Your Presentation

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Posted on 21st August 2014 by Kristin Arnold in Uncategorized

In my work as a high stakes meeting facilitator, it is not uncommon for a few presentations to be made.  The CEO may talk about the business strategy, the CFO may talk about the financial health of the business, the product leads may talk about the future of the products.

And often times, they ask me for help to punch up their presentation – to make it more lively, interesting and engaging.  They say they don’t want to use by PowerPoint, but truly, that’s their comfort zone.  They don’t know how to do it differently.

Yet, when I talk with them, it’s more than just getting rid of the slides.  We need to talk about what the audience cares about – not just about the incredible information we know.

So here is a series of questions I ask my clients in trying to make sure their “presentation” meets the needs of the audience:

  1. Why is this topic important for this audience?  Why here; why now?
  2. What do they need to know about the topic?  You don’t need to tell them everything you know about it.  Pick three key points (that’s anyone can remember – that includes you as well as the audience!) and build your presentation around those three points.  Include some kind of anecdote, illustration or example that makes your point come alive.
  3. What do you want them think and feel about the topic?  If you want them to feel happy, then you should be happy.  Concerned?  You should be concerned.  And don’t forget to tell your face.  Audiences get really confused when you say one thing and appear differently.
  4. What will the audience DO during the presentation?  Passive listening just isn’t going to cut it.  Change the energy every 6 minutes or so by mixing the format up with a chat group, demo, ask the audience a question, ask for questions from the audience (Q&A), get a testimonial of someone’s experience, show a quick minute video….and the list goes on.  If you are looking for ideas, there are close to a hundred different ideas in my book, Boring to Bravo.
  5. At the end of the session, what’s the key message you want them to remember?  “Bake” that key message into your presentation – saying it several times so it will be memorable.
  6. At the end, what are you going to ask the audience to do as a result of this presentation?  This is the call to action – otherwise, why give a presentation?
  7. End on a optimistic high note.  Plan this out as this is the last point people will remember.

When you ask these questions, it becomes clear how to punch up your presentation so your audience will not only understand, but retain your key messages.

 

 

 

 

7 Key Questions to Punch Up Your Presentation

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Posted on 21st August 2014 by Kristin Arnold in Uncategorized

In my work as a high stakes meeting facilitator, it is not uncommon for a few presentations to be made.  The CEO may talk about the business strategy, the CFO may talk about the financial health of the business, the product leads may talk about the future of the products.

And often times, they ask me for help to punch up their presentation – to make it more lively, interesting and engaging.  They say they don’t want to use by PowerPoint, but truly, that’s their comfort zone.  They don’t know how to do it differently.

Yet, when I talk with them, it’s more than just getting rid of the slides.  We need to talk about what the audience cares about – not just about the incredible information we know.

So here is a series of questions I ask my clients in trying to make sure their “presentation” meets the needs of the audience:

  1. Why is this topic important for this audience?  Why here; why now?
  2. What do they need to know about the topic?  You don’t need to tell them everything you know about it.  Pick three key points (that’s anyone can remember – that includes you as well as the audience!) and build your presentation around those three points.  Include some kind of anecdote, illustration or example that makes your point come alive.
  3. What do you want them think and feel about the topic?  If you want them to feel happy, then you should be happy.  Concerned?  You should be concerned.  And don’t forget to tell your face.  Audiences get really confused when you say one thing and appear differently.
  4. What will the audience DO during the presentation?  Passive listening just isn’t going to cut it.  Change the energy every 6 minutes or so by mixing the format up with a chat group, demo, ask the audience a question, ask for questions from the audience (Q&A), get a testimonial of someone’s experience, show a quick minute video….and the list goes on.  If you are looking for ideas, there are close to a hundred different ideas in my book, Boring to Bravo.
  5. At the end of the session, what’s the key message you want them to remember?  “Bake” that key message into your presentation – saying it several times so it will be memorable.
  6. At the end, what are you going to ask the audience to do as a result of this presentation?  This is the call to action – otherwise, why give a presentation?
  7. End on a optimistic high note.  Plan this out as this is the last point people will remember.

When you ask these questions, it becomes clear how to punch up your presentation so your audience will not only understand, but retain your key messages.

 

 

 

 

7 Key Questions to Punch Up Your Presentation

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Posted on 21st August 2014 by Kristin Arnold in Uncategorized

In my work as a high stakes meeting facilitator, it is not uncommon for a few presentations to be made.  The CEO may talk about the business strategy, the CFO may talk about the financial health of the business, the product leads may talk about the future of the products.

And often times, they ask me for help to punch up their presentation – to make it more lively, interesting and engaging.  They say they don’t want to use by PowerPoint, but truly, that’s their comfort zone.  They don’t know how to do it differently.

Yet, when I talk with them, it’s more than just getting rid of the slides.  We need to talk about what the audience cares about – not just about the incredible information we know.

So here is a series of questions I ask my clients in trying to make sure their “presentation” meets the needs of the audience:

  1. Why is this topic important for this audience?  Why here; why now?
  2. What do they need to know about the topic?  You don’t need to tell them everything you know about it.  Pick three key points (that’s anyone can remember – that includes you as well as the audience!) and build your presentation around those three points.  Include some kind of anecdote, illustration or example that makes your point come alive.
  3. What do you want them think and feel about the topic?  If you want them to feel happy, then you should be happy.  Concerned?  You should be concerned.  And don’t forget to tell your face.  Audiences get really confused when you say one thing and appear differently.
  4. What will the audience DO during the presentation?  Passive listening just isn’t going to cut it.  Change the energy every 6 minutes or so by mixing the format up with a chat group, demo, ask the audience a question, ask for questions from the audience (Q&A), get a testimonial of someone’s experience, show a quick minute video….and the list goes on.  If you are looking for ideas, there are close to a hundred different ideas in my book, Boring to Bravo.
  5. At the end of the session, what’s the key message you want them to remember?  “Bake” that key message into your presentation – saying it several times so it will be memorable.
  6. At the end, what are you going to ask the audience to do as a result of this presentation?  This is the call to action – otherwise, why give a presentation?
  7. End on a optimistic high note.  Plan this out as this is the last point people will remember.

When you ask these questions, it becomes clear how to punch up your presentation so your audience will not only understand, but retain your key messages.

 

 

 

 

7 Key Questions to Punch Up Your Presentation

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Posted on 21st August 2014 by Kristin Arnold in Uncategorized

In my work as a high stakes meeting facilitator, it is not uncommon for a few presentations to be made.  The CEO may talk about the business strategy, the CFO may talk about the financial health of the business, the product leads may talk about the future of the products.

And often times, they ask me for help to punch up their presentation – to make it more lively, interesting and engaging.  They say they don’t want to use by PowerPoint, but truly, that’s their comfort zone.  They don’t know how to do it differently.

Yet, when I talk with them, it’s more than just getting rid of the slides.  We need to talk about what the audience cares about – not just about the incredible information we know.

So here is a series of questions I ask my clients in trying to make sure their “presentation” meets the needs of the audience:

  1. Why is this topic important for this audience?  Why here; why now?
  2. What do they need to know about the topic?  You don’t need to tell them everything you know about it.  Pick three key points (that’s anyone can remember – that includes you as well as the audience!) and build your presentation around those three points.  Include some kind of anecdote, illustration or example that makes your point come alive.
  3. What do you want them think and feel about the topic?  If you want them to feel happy, then you should be happy.  Concerned?  You should be concerned.  And don’t forget to tell your face.  Audiences get really confused when you say one thing and appear differently.
  4. What will the audience DO during the presentation?  Passive listening just isn’t going to cut it.  Change the energy every 6 minutes or so by mixing the format up with a chat group, demo, ask the audience a question, ask for questions from the audience (Q&A), get a testimonial of someone’s experience, show a quick minute video….and the list goes on.  If you are looking for ideas, there are close to a hundred different ideas in my book, Boring to Bravo.
  5. At the end of the session, what’s the key message you want them to remember?  “Bake” that key message into your presentation – saying it several times so it will be memorable.
  6. At the end, what are you going to ask the audience to do as a result of this presentation?  This is the call to action – otherwise, why give a presentation?
  7. End on a optimistic high note.  Plan this out as this is the last point people will remember.

When you ask these questions, it becomes clear how to punch up your presentation so your audience will not only understand, but retain your key messages.

 

 

 

 

7 Key Questions to Punch Up Your Presentation

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Posted on 21st August 2014 by Kristin Arnold in Uncategorized

In my work as a high stakes meeting facilitator, it is not uncommon for a few presentations to be made.  The CEO may talk about the business strategy, the CFO may talk about the financial health of the business, the product leads may talk about the future of the products.

And often times, they ask me for help to punch up their presentation – to make it more lively, interesting and engaging.  They say they don’t want to use by PowerPoint, but truly, that’s their comfort zone.  They don’t know how to do it differently.

Yet, when I talk with them, it’s more than just getting rid of the slides.  We need to talk about what the audience cares about – not just about the incredible information we know.

So here is a series of questions I ask my clients in trying to make sure their “presentation” meets the needs of the audience:

  1. Why is this topic important for this audience?  Why here; why now?
  2. What do they need to know about the topic?  You don’t need to tell them everything you know about it.  Pick three key points (that’s anyone can remember – that includes you as well as the audience!) and build your presentation around those three points.  Include some kind of anecdote, illustration or example that makes your point come alive.
  3. What do you want them think and feel about the topic?  If you want them to feel happy, then you should be happy.  Concerned?  You should be concerned.  And don’t forget to tell your face.  Audiences get really confused when you say one thing and appear differently.
  4. What will the audience DO during the presentation?  Passive listening just isn’t going to cut it.  Change the energy every 6 minutes or so by mixing the format up with a chat group, demo, ask the audience a question, ask for questions from the audience (Q&A), get a testimonial of someone’s experience, show a quick minute video….and the list goes on.  If you are looking for ideas, there are close to a hundred different ideas in my book, Boring to Bravo.
  5. At the end of the session, what’s the key message you want them to remember?  “Bake” that key message into your presentation – saying it several times so it will be memorable.
  6. At the end, what are you going to ask the audience to do as a result of this presentation?  This is the call to action – otherwise, why give a presentation?
  7. End on a optimistic high note.  Plan this out as this is the last point people will remember.

When you ask these questions, it becomes clear how to punch up your presentation so your audience will not only understand, but retain your key messages.

 

 

 

 

7 Key Questions to Punch Up Your Presentation

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Posted on 21st August 2014 by Kristin Arnold in Uncategorized

In my work as a high stakes meeting facilitator, it is not uncommon for a few presentations to be made.  The CEO may talk about the business strategy, the CFO may talk about the financial health of the business, the product leads may talk about the future of the products.

And often times, they ask me for help to punch up their presentation – to make it more lively, interesting and engaging.  They say they don’t want to use by PowerPoint, but truly, that’s their comfort zone.  They don’t know how to do it differently.

Yet, when I talk with them, it’s more than just getting rid of the slides.  We need to talk about what the audience cares about – not just about the incredible information we know.

So here is a series of questions I ask my clients in trying to make sure their “presentation” meets the needs of the audience:

  1. Why is this topic important for this audience?  Why here; why now?
  2. What do they need to know about the topic?  You don’t need to tell them everything you know about it.  Pick three key points (that’s anyone can remember – that includes you as well as the audience!) and build your presentation around those three points.  Include some kind of anecdote, illustration or example that makes your point come alive.
  3. What do you want them think and feel about the topic?  If you want them to feel happy, then you should be happy.  Concerned?  You should be concerned.  And don’t forget to tell your face.  Audiences get really confused when you say one thing and appear differently.
  4. What will the audience DO during the presentation?  Passive listening just isn’t going to cut it.  Change the energy every 6 minutes or so by mixing the format up with a chat group, demo, ask the audience a question, ask for questions from the audience (Q&A), get a testimonial of someone’s experience, show a quick minute video….and the list goes on.  If you are looking for ideas, there are close to a hundred different ideas in my book, Boring to Bravo.
  5. At the end of the session, what’s the key message you want them to remember?  “Bake” that key message into your presentation – saying it several times so it will be memorable.
  6. At the end, what are you going to ask the audience to do as a result of this presentation?  This is the call to action – otherwise, why give a presentation?
  7. End on a optimistic high note.  Plan this out as this is the last point people will remember.

When you ask these questions, it becomes clear how to punch up your presentation so your audience will not only understand, but retain your key messages.

 

 

 

 

7 Key Questions to Punch Up Your Presentation

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Posted on 21st August 2014 by Kristin Arnold in Uncategorized

In my work as a high stakes meeting facilitator, it is not uncommon for a few presentations to be made.  The CEO may talk about the business strategy, the CFO may talk about the financial health of the business, the product leads may talk about the future of the products.

And often times, they ask me for help to punch up their presentation – to make it more lively, interesting and engaging.  They say they don’t want to use by PowerPoint, but truly, that’s their comfort zone.  They don’t know how to do it differently.

Yet, when I talk with them, it’s more than just getting rid of the slides.  We need to talk about what the audience cares about – not just about the incredible information we know.

So here is a series of questions I ask my clients in trying to make sure their “presentation” meets the needs of the audience:

  1. Why is this topic important for this audience?  Why here; why now?
  2. What do they need to know about the topic?  You don’t need to tell them everything you know about it.  Pick three key points (that’s anyone can remember – that includes you as well as the audience!) and build your presentation around those three points.  Include some kind of anecdote, illustration or example that makes your point come alive.
  3. What do you want them think and feel about the topic?  If you want them to feel happy, then you should be happy.  Concerned?  You should be concerned.  And don’t forget to tell your face.  Audiences get really confused when you say one thing and appear differently.
  4. What will the audience DO during the presentation?  Passive listening just isn’t going to cut it.  Change the energy every 6 minutes or so by mixing the format up with a chat group, demo, ask the audience a question, ask for questions from the audience (Q&A), get a testimonial of someone’s experience, show a quick minute video….and the list goes on.  If you are looking for ideas, there are close to a hundred different ideas in my book, Boring to Bravo.
  5. At the end of the session, what’s the key message you want them to remember?  “Bake” that key message into your presentation – saying it several times so it will be memorable.
  6. At the end, what are you going to ask the audience to do as a result of this presentation?  This is the call to action – otherwise, why give a presentation?
  7. End on a optimistic high note.  Plan this out as this is the last point people will remember.

When you ask these questions, it becomes clear how to punch up your presentation so your audience will not only understand, but retain your key messages.

 

 

 

 

Summer Newsletter is Now Available!

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Posted on 9th July 2014 by Kristin Arnold in Uncategorized

The Extraordinary Team Newsletter

The Summer Extraordinary Team newsletter is now available! Updated format (no longer html – we have gone back to pdf) and you can access it in full color or grayscale/black & white.

This quarter, we have featured:

  • Set Your People Up for Success
  • The GM Nod is Pervasive
  • September 11th Webinar on The Team Trifecta: 3 Keys to a Highly Successful Team
  • Practical Team Activities: The 7 Stances of King Butu
  • From the Bookshelf: How the World Sees You
  • Do a Pre-Mortem When You’re Confident
  • Quote of the Quarter: Robert Redford
  • What’s New at QPC, Inc.

Enjoy the newsletter and feel free to forward it on to your teammates – and don’t forget to sign up for the complimentary webinar on September 11th on The Team Trifecta: 3 Keys to a Highly Successful Team.

What’s Your Fascination Advantage?

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Posted on 23rd June 2014 by Kristin Arnold in Uncategorized

This isn’t about me. It’s about YOU.

It starts with YOU. It ends with YOU.

Intrigued yet?

Branding expert and leading authority on the science of fascination, Sally Hogshead, is launching her new book How the World Sees You on July 1.

To celebrate all of the new insights she’s learned over the past decade of research, she started Project Fascination, with a goal to show 100,000 people how their personalities add value.

To do this, she’s given me a special code “Arnold” (no quotation marks) to give the first 100 people who use it her Fascination Advantage® assessment for free! This has never been done before, and will only last until July 25!

And the best part is – they want this to be a chain reaction. So when you take the assessment using Arnold you’ll receive 100 assessments to share with your circle for free too! That’s $3700 of free market research at your fingertips!

So how do you take the assessment? Simple.

  • Go to www.HowTheWorldSeesYou.com/You and use code Arnold
  • Once you’ve taken the assessment, Sally’s team will load 100 assessments into your new account. Rinse and repeat.

That’s it. Now your ready to discover how your personality is custom built for certain situations, and which situations you should learn to avoid. And it only takes 5 minutes (you can even do it on your phone).

28 questions. 5 minutes. A whole new way to communicate.

Remember, the best way to empower someone is to show them their own highest value. Our goal together is to show people the very best of themselves – the qualities that makes them more successful, more authentic, and more fascinating.

Remember that your code will expire July 25. Don’t let this $3700 value go to waste. Take the assessment today and encourage your friends and followers to do the same to do the same.

Your Fascination Advantage Report is the first big step into knowing how your personality can be heard and remembered in an overcrowded market. And sharing the assessment will help others do the same. Find everything you need to put this knowledge into practice with your co-workers, close friends and significant other in Sally’s new book, How the World Sees You.

Sally is the real deal – She’s incredibly fascinating and her assessment is intriguing. So go take this assessment today before her very generous offer expires!