Point, Turn And Talk – Essential PowerPoint Presentation Technique For Business

Typified by the ever present PowerPoint slide deck the modern business presentation can be an exhausting affair for both speaker and audience. Barraged by information overload an exhausted audience is in no position to listen, participate in or understand our presentation.

But without laboring either the problems of PowerPoint or its many advantages there are some essential techniques with which we can improve our own performance. Our control over the images and text projected on to the screen give us a mastery that is too often overlooked.

You should recognize the following scenario. Our speaker starts their talk, looks down at their notebook, looks across to the screen seeking inspiration and then, fleetingly, looks at the audience. In looking at the screen the speaker has made no reference to its content. And the speaker has missed two opportunities.

By not referencing the content on the projection screen our speaker missed an opportunity to demonstrate subject knowledge and expertise. And our speaker missed the opportunity to ensure that the audience was listening, participating and understanding. The scenario is not uncommon. It is repeated every day coast to coast. And it makes one question whether there is in fact a link between the presenter’s words and their slide deck. Well there is a link and it is of vital importance.

But the link is often lost with busy and complex slides that neither reinforce nor support the speaker’s words. And it is essential that they do either one or both functions. A slide deck that performs neither is wasted work. A better plan might include:

  • Build less busy slides with less text and fewer bullet points.
  • Make one main point for each slide.
  • Use the picture and graphing components in PowerPoint to greater effect.
  • Use the build function within the PowerPoint package.
  • Learn the material and practice.
  • Develop a familiarity with the subject.

But the plan is incomplete without some technique that can also be used. It’s a technique that should be familiar to most of us from our school days – though it was a case of chalk and blackboard in my days – and is easily learned.

The technique is used to reference the contents of the slide deck projected onto the screen. The justification for its use is simple. Surely, if the slide content merits display then it also merits both reference and explanation. And explanation is essential as we look for the slide content to support and reinforce our own words.

The technique involves:

  • Speak.
  • Pause.
  • Point at the content – using a pointer.
  • Turn to look at the audience.
  • Talk – and explain.

This overlooked technique -point, turn & talk -gives us the opportunity to reinforce eye contact with the audience. As we establish eye contact with the audience we project our knowledge of the subject, we build participation and, importantly, we develop understanding. Understanding is greatly improved since eye contact allows us to gauge the clarity of our words and be alert to puzzled expressions in the audience. Coupled with clearer and less busy slide content this effective technique is invaluable for the typical business PowerPoint presentation.

HomeCapital Community, Home Buyer’s Guide

No matter how supportive guardians, friends, families, and relatives we have, we find ourselves as a person who stands alone with no one to help when we walk into a real world that has monetary activities involved.

When we purchase a house, we struggle with an infinite range of complications involved, from understanding the terminology of real estate to legal formalities to arranging funds for fulfilling our home loan requirements. Since all these tasks involved in the journey of the home buyer cannot be carried out by a person alone, we seek assistance but have to deal with it alone, as described earlier.

However, HomeCapital has come with several steps that will help a person in all aspects to make it convenient for them to purchase a house.

So let us delve into it and know about all the measures offered by the HomeCapital:

They provide up to half of the overall amount of down payment under this plan, which can be repaid progressively in the next twelve months, and the great thing about it is that you will not be paying interest for the same.

Home Capital’s community is a Collection of posts, videos, and audio content that helps one to gain information about all the problems involved in buying a property journey. It offers guidance not only on challenges that come in the way of buying a home but also on various topics that are relevant to it as well as whenever we feel confused and have to choose from different choices available.

Member Benefits

Let’s start with the data we’re going to get as a member benefit. By offering information on subjects such as financial planning and guidance, networking and experience, homebuyer education, news and alerts, and a lot of related content, we get personalized attention and advice on how best to begin our journey to buy a home.

Blogs

If we are left with anything to discover, after receiving extensive real estate details from the Member Benefits section, the blog section is always ready to accomplish this by presenting insights on numerous subjects such as How to Boost Your Credit Score, GST Streamlined for Home Buyer, Learn the Difference Between Carpet Area, Up Area, and Super Built-Up Area, and many other similar topics.

Podcast

You can listen in and find topics regarding homeownership and the latest from leading business professionals in home buying and acquire the awareness of different topics such as Contract Closing, Securing a Deal Effectively, Finding The Perfect Home, and much more.

Web Series

Furthermore, the most exciting aspect that I want to apprise is about the community’s Web Series Section impart knowledge on crucial topics such as the benefits of Purchasing a Property, The Budget for Step-by-Step Home Buying, The Eligibility of Home Loans and The Importance of Credit Score and a lot more.

Real estate codes are confusing to a lot of us who are not associated with them and are from different fields of expertise. However, all of us someday in our life plan to buy a property, but when it comes to dealings in the respective field, we all get baffled because of the unusual terms and fail to understand the same in their true and fair view. So, HomeCapital offers a real estate Glossary to understand the technical terms in their true and fair view.

To tie it up, Homecapital has endless numbers of aids and assistance that help a person in all aspects, from finance to clerical, so that with the least difficulty and the shortest possible time one can satisfy his wish of buying their dream house.

Presentations – Top Ten Stand Out Tips

My years of doing training and coaching in presentation skills has demonstrated to me that it’s not just about “stand up skills.” The remarkable thing about having powerful presentation skills is that they “trickle down” to all of your interpersonal communications, whether in meetings, interviews, or even phone calls. So mastering the tough skills of standing up and standing out in front of a crowd also means you’ll have the ability to stand out in all your interactions.

Over the years, I’ve been able to identify a handful of qualities that consistently do give you stand out status. Doesn’t matter how smart you are or talented or attractive — universally, these attributes can make you the kind of person that other people want to know, work with and do business with.

Here are my Top Ten Stand Out Tips:

1. LOOK ‘EM IN THE EYE.

In our culture, eye communication is correlated with trust and credibility. The ability to look someone in the eye — whether you’re talking or listening — conveys an interest in the other party, which makes that person feel appreciated and listened to. Remember, “eye communication” insures you’re not having “I communication.”

2. ASK, DON’T TELL.

Keep this amazing irony in mind. People will like you more, think you’re smarter, savvier, nicer and more interesting if you show interest in them. The ability to show interest — a sort of wide-eyed wonder in others — is the kind of skill that will make people think positively about you.

3. LISTEN ACTIVELY.

Active listening is a very intentional, strategic skill where you’re able to fulfill two very basic human needs — to be heard and to be understood. It involves three steps, which I like to capture with the acronym EAR:

Engage the speaker – look like you’re listening. 

Actually hear the message – pay attention.

Respond appropriately – let your speaker know you really heard and understood. Responding can take three forms:

   -Paraphrase: repeat the gist of the message. 

   -Probe: instead of launching into your rebuttal, probe further with questions.

   -Reflect back feelings: let the speaker know you understand his/her feelings.

4. PROJECT, UM, VOCAL POWER

Ironically, this is one of those strategies that’s not so “stand out” in and of itself as it is glaringly detracting if you don’t practice it. The most glaring vocal detractors are:

- Use of fillers – words like uh, um, like, really…

- Speaking in a monotone

- Mumbling

5. ATTITUDE = ALTITUDE

The better your attitude the higher you’ll soar. Positive people are better liked, more listened to, more appreciated, and more successful influencers and persuaders. Think positive, find the good, behave as if you love life, and people will be drawn to you like magnets.

6. WATCH YOUR POSTURE

How you sit and stand conveys volumes about you. And the rules are different for each posture. When you’re standing, balanced, symmetrical posture conveys more presence than slouched, leaning (on one leg) posture. But when you’re seated, recognize that asymmetrical posture, such as with legs crossed or hands somewhat off-balance, projects more confidence and poise.  

7. SHOW ENTHUSIASM

Ancient indigenous people believed that you exhibit presence by “choosing to be present and visible, showing up energetically.” Energy, or enthusiasm, is a powerful stand out attribute. By conveying a conviction and passion for what you do, your presence is powerful – it adds value.

8. BE PURPOSEFUL

This is a particularly powerful presentation strategy. When you’re purposeful — when you have something deliberate and intentional to do, such as using a prop or referring to a visual or walking deliberately across the stage, even having a logical organization to your thoughts — then this focus is going to help you be less attuned to yourself and your anxiety. And it gives you a put-together air of confidence and ease.

9. SMILE.

A smile is one of the simplest nonverbal expressions we can make, yet it can pay enormous dividends. A pleasant facial expression is like a magnet — it draws people to you and makes them feel positively about you. It’s such an important first impression because it sets the tone for your interactions.

10. SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF.

Okay, I’m not talking about the little irritations and minor vexations of life. Rephrased, consider that “little things mean a lot.” Whether it’s writing a note or remembering someone’s birthday or doing what you say you’re going to do, these little acts of kindness and courtesy can make a big impression — and will make you stand out.