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What Are You Really Trying to Communicate With Your Presentation?

What Are You Really Trying to Communicate With Your Presentation?

I’ve been asking evaluators and non-evaluators to think about the most potent presentations they’ve seen and heard. While everyone’s mentioned a bunch of similarities (“Don’t read off your slides” is a given), there have also been some differences. Most recently, my former teammate taught me about the value…

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Potent Presentation Advice: Don’t Be Afraid to Move Around a Little!

Potent Presentation Advice: Don’t Be Afraid to Move Around a Little!

I asked my researcher friend Caryl Schroeder to reflect upon some of the most potent presenters she’s seen. Off the top of her head, Caryl listed the following criteria for a potent presentation: Concise message/theme Simple text/graphics (not a lot of text on PowerPoint presentations)…

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“Wait, You Forgot to Open Up Your PowerPoint!” Is Your Audience Ready for a Slide-Free Presentation?

“Wait, You Forgot to Open Up Your PowerPoint!” Is Your Audience Ready for a Slide-Free Presentation?

Last fall, I was getting ready to present at the American Evaluation Association’s conference with my friend Agata Jose-Ivanina. We were going to share Agata’s strategy for instantly creating reports by sending Excel charts directly into Word with VBA code instead of tediously copying and pasting everything. This is a…

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What’s the Magical Ingredient in Potent Presentations?

What’s the Magical Ingredient in Potent Presentations?

I’ve been talking to evaluators and non-evaluators about what makes great presentations, conference sessions, and workshops for the American Evaluation Association‘s Potent Presentations Initiative. Today’s guest blogger is my evaluation friend and Eastern Evaluation Research Society extraordinaire, Jen Hamilton. I hope you enjoy reading Jen’s…

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Clean Humor: A Must-Have Element in any Presentation

Clean Humor: A Must-Have Element in any Presentation

I’ve been asking evaluators and non-evaluators to reflect upon great presentations. How can you make sure your message really sticks with the audience? These conversations will inform the American Evaluation Association’s new Potent Presentations Initiative (P2I). I recently chatted with my dad to find out what impresses…

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