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HOW TO DO A WEBINAR – Avoiding Death by Powerpoint

April 6, 2011 in Conferencing Tips

Powerpoint has become an essential part of doing a webinar. At the same time the quality of powerpoint presentations vary widely. If it is poorly designed your audience starts to shift attention from your presentation to doing computer work, reading the news online, checking twitter accounts and facebook. In other words, you are not the only game in town!We suggest that anyone doing a web conference or a webinar invest time and yes…sometimes money into gaining the proper training on powerpoint presentations. Nationally known expert, Ellen Finkelstein offers some great free resources: 1)    A free whitepaper called From Death by Powerpoint to Life by Powerpoint. This paper identifies the commonly made mistakes in designing slides. I think you will find like I did that I was clueless until the mirror was held up to my face on this one. Included is a rich basket of resources to take advantage of. 2)    Ellen also has an hour long online video presentation packed with great advice on slide layouts. 3)    Linkedin has a number of groups that offer advice on powerpoint. Great Communicators has regular comments from a wide variety of experts. And they may even be willing to critique your powerpoint or give you advice on how to improve your webinar! 4)    There are a number of resources for getting ready made powerpoint templates that fit your needs and save you time. Good templates can help you to organize content and also give you a new angle on how to present information that keeps your audience’s attention and just as important the slides can help increase retention and cognition.  Usually packs include section header slides, summary slides, and attention grabber slides. Just type in on your search engine a term like “Powerpoint Slide Packs” and you can go shopping for what fits your needs. And when it comes to finding the right webinar services to broadcast your event our experts can guide you through the process and help you customize the right package of services to get you on your way. If you enjoyed this post you may also enjoy: How to do a webinar: keeping audience attention is like herding cats How to make conference calls: create calls that get results

Steve-HeatonAbout the Author: Steve Heaton is the Founder and President of Conference Calls Unlimited. Steve has been in the telecommunications industry since 1995.

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